Melbourne, Mar.27 : Online readers of The Daily Telegraph have gone to town criticising both Australian cricketer Michael Pup' Clarke and his soon to be wife Lara Bingle.
The sentiments expressed have been rather merciless and poison-penned.
One of the mails went as follows: "Congratulations to that precious Shire princess Lara Bimbo, the wannabe model with a face like Tweety Bird."
"Well done on catching yourself a good meal ticket - even if he is a bird-faced mummy's boy who'll never make it in cricket - because you were never going to work a day in your life, were you, love?" said another.
A disturbing majority of readers poison-penned the website with some seriously unkind, and some rather obscene thoughts on the pair's happy news.
Bingle's "smile is horrendous", Clarke can only "score off the pitch" and together they're "desperate, shameless publicity seekers".
And those were the comments fit for print.
It's been a dreadfully violent reaction to what is actually a straightforward Sydney romance, the type those fortunate among us enjoy every day without being labelled as money-hungry.
It's a weird phenomenon in which some of us harbour a innate jealousy for famous people. And because we don't have big boobs or play cricket for Australia and enjoy all the parties, sports cars and designer eyewear that comes with it, we give them a hard time.
All evidence suggests they're just two ordinary people deliriously in love.
Take Clarke, who had known Bingle for about a minute when the Fevola affair broke. Not only did he stand by her, he sat down with Bingle and her parents and held her hand as they watched the Fevola's all-out trashing of his girlfriend on TV.
They share a genuine bond over their sick fathers - his dad Les crook with Hodgkin's disease and her dad Graham battling liver cancer.
He's been known to call gossip columnists and thank them when they're kind to Bingle and defend her honour when they're not.
Yes, it will be a production and a half of a wedding. You will hear no end about the dress designer and the cake etc.
Story first published: Thursday, March 27, 2008, 14:57 [IST]
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