A quick Google search highlights a page of references to the recipient and his somewhat unexpected victory. However, it also reveals multiple references to the fashion of the wives and girlfriends, affectionately referred to as 'WAGS'. It appears that the red carpet has become an ever increasing focus of the Brownlow.
Media reports suggest extraordinary sums of money are spent by WAGS in their preparations for the high profile evening. We can't believe all that we read or hear but suggestion that one dress was A$26,000 highlights the excessiveness of the evening. Everyone wants to look their best on a special occasion and to be fair these women have supported their partners all year long. It should be a night for them to 'glam up' and enjoy the event as a couple. However, the increasing media interest promotes heavy emphasis on the designers of the gowns and the spectacular glamour of the red carpet. Today's newspapers and radio have been dominated by analyses of the 'best and worst dressed' of the evening. And, I thought it was a night about football!
Traditionally, footy has been a game for all Aussies. This gala event further highlights the changing face of Aussie Rules and Australian values. The promotion of women parading in exorbitantly expensive dresses on a red carpet makes me uneasy. Yes, these women are beautiful to look at and no doubt their gowns are stunning but I'm more interested in their inside beauty. Let's hear about the real contributions these women make to the community instead of focussing on gowns and jewels.
More importantly, let's celebrate the recipient of this Year's Brownlow Medal, Matt Priddis from West Coast Eagles. Let's discuss his exceptional ability as a footballer and his tendency to work incredibly hard on the field. Let's focus on his genuine humility, the way in which he respectfully honoured past recipients, acknowledged his team mates, recognised the ongoing support of his parents and shared his love for his wife and daughter. Let's tell our children the story of this footballer who missed three national drafts before being selected by West Coast Eagles. Priddis had a dream to play at the highest level. He passionately worked towards the realisation of his dream. What a brilliant example of persistence and a wonderful role model!
And, wouldn't it be terrific for the Australian public to hear more of the wonderful work of the nominees for the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award? The very worthy recipient of the award, Beau Waters, has given considerable time and effort over many years to several projects to benefit cancer patients and vulnerable youth. His award allows him to nominate a charity to receive a gift of $20,000. What charity will be the beneficiary of this money?
What is it that we truly value in Australia? Is it the frivolity and superficiality of a high profile red carpet event or can we look beyond this to give our attention to the positive attributes of fellow Australians? We need to pay tribute to the true blue heroes and role models of Australia; those whose contributions make our country the exceptional place that it is.
What do you think?
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