An online story featuring photos of Australian TV host Sam Armytage with a visible panty-line have been slammed by women as bullying.
Daily Mail Australia published paparazzi photographs of the television presenter out shopping in a white and black stripy dress, with the outline of her underwear faintly visible from behind.
“Sunrise host Sam Armytage dares to bare with granny panties showing a visible line as she steps out in Sydney… after slamming rumors she’s dating Channel Seven colleagues,” read the headline.
Furious women took to social media to attack the article as “callous, cruel and disgusting”, adding that the story amounted to stalking and cyber-bullying.
Twitter user Tracey posted: “Girls put your ‘giant granny panties’ out tomorrow to support @sam_armytage.”
Al Louise added: “Granny undies are cool anyway. I’m sorry you can’t even go to the shops without being stalked.”
Maggie O commented on the story: “What a disgusting thing to report on. Who cares what underwear she or any other women wears. I found this a really nasty article.”
Others called it a “childish” and “shameful” article, while Tydeslyah posted: “What’s wrong with granny panties? All. Women wear them … this was entirely uncalled for.”
Armytage, who has recently had to deny rumors she was dating a fellow Channel Seven journalist, was out running errands in Bondi when the photos were taken.
The article noted that “the TV personality’s granny panties showed through the garment with a clearly visible line” and Sam “appeared to be makeup free” as she clutched a shopping bags filled with fresh fish from Bondi Surf Seafoods.
Girls put your "giant granny panties" out tomorrow to support @sam_armytage the Daily Mail have been callous, cruel and disgusting to her.
— Tracey Hill (@hilly2327) December 11, 2016
— EJG1997 (@EJG1997) December 11, 2016
Of all the things Sam Armytage should be ashamed of, how could anyone think “her habit of wearing underpants” is a pertinent one? https://t.co/lk751Unsyy
— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) December 11, 2016
— Candice Wyatt (@CandiceWyatt10) December 12, 2016
— Queen Victoria (@Vic_Rollison) December 11, 2016
What I've learned from social media:
Women should wear underwear (see Chrissy Teigen)
Women should not wear underwear (see Sam Armytage)
— Angela Wilson (@ange_wilson) December 11, 2016
The 40-year-old declined to comment on the story when contacted by news.com.au, but told Buzzfeed the issue was “with the lawyers”.
It comes just a day after she shared a post on Instagram expressing frustration over the gossip about her relationship status.
“In the past week or so, I’ve been ‘in love with’ with; a gay colleague, a straight colleague, a bloke I stood next to at the races 3 months ago, a Gladiator, a British boy-band member & 17 other people I’ve never met,” she wrote.
“I urge all of you half-sensible people out there not to read/buy this rubbish. And certainly not to believe it. Where’s the integrity in ‘journalism’ these days? If I stand next to someone, it DOES NOT MEAN I’M DATING THEM.”
A spokeswoman for Sunrise told news.com.au the show had no comment.
In the past week or so, according to the gossips, I've been 'in love with'; a gay colleague, a straight colleague, a bloke I stood next to at the races 3 months ago, a Gladiator, a British boy-band member & 17 other people I've never met. All these men, & I have a bedtime of 7.30pm…..I'm amaaaazing 😂😂😂. (Why haven't they linked me to Prince Harry yet!? I'm insulted…….😂) I urge all of you half-sensible people out there not to read/buy this rubbish. And certainly not to believe it. Where's the integrity in 'journalism' these days? If I stand next to someone, it DOES NOT MEAN I'M DATING THEM 😂😂😂 As you were…… #happysunday
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