CO-HOST OF KIIS’ 3PM PICK UP PROGRAM AND COOK BOOK AUTHOR, YUMI STYNES, HAS OPENED UP ABOUT THE ONSLAUGHT OF DEATH THREATS SHE RECEIVED FOLLOWING HER ON-AIR ARGUMENT WITH KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY.
After her recent appearance on Studio 10, the Internet has been up in arms over comments Yumi Stynes made towards Kerri-Anne Kennerley this week. It all started after Kennerley commented on ‘Invasion Day’ protesters, insinuating that they could be doing more to help Indigenous people in outback areas.
However, the discussion heated up when Stynes suggested that the daytime television presenter sounded “racist” for implying that “women aren’t being raped here in big cities and children aren’t being raped here in big cities.”
Stynes has since opened up to her fellow 3PM Pick Up co-hosts, Bec Judd and Monty Dimond, about the difficult journey the past few days have been.
“It’s really stressful being on the front page and having lots of media ringing me up, and having lots of trolls message me to say they hope I die,” the mother of four revealed on the show.
Despite Kennerley stating that she was “seriously offended” by Styne’s accusations, the 3pm Pickup host still hasn’t wavered on her opinion.
“I looked back at that tape from the show and I’m pretty happy with what I said. I think I could’ve been a bit more articulate but I don’t think what I said was wrong,” she admitted.
“Basically Kerri-Anne was saying that people protesting have never done anything to help Indigenous communities, and none of them have done anything to find a solution for things like child rape and domestic violence… this is a pretty ignorant thing to say.”
Yumi went on to explain that the ‘facts’ her Studio 10 co-host were stating were “clearly provable as wrong.”
“When a lot of people come down on you, and when Kerri-Anne Kennerley, a TV legend does, it becomes quite scary and you think ‘Oh my god, have I done the wrong thing?’ and you question whether you’ve misspoken,” she added.
“The fact is, she’s got a bit of a history on this stuff.
“I think she’s a lovely person and a legendary TV presenter but her views need to be updated.”
Hear Yumi Stynes on the 3PM Pickup, weekdays from 3-4PM on the KIIS Network.