Lisa Wilkinson to reclaim the Natarsha Belling ‘penis jacket’ on Today
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2015
Je suis Scanlan: Lisa Wilkinson wants TV hosts to wear the infamous ‘penis jacket’ on Thursday.
Thought you had seen the last of the “penis jacket”? Think again, the Veronica Corningstone of Australian media, Lisa Wilkinson, has declared she will be flashing it on screen for Today viewers.
Wilkinson took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to issue a rallying cry not seen since that fight scene in Anchorman 2 to her “TV host” counterparts, requesting them to not be shy about their sartorial choices on air. Even during family friendly breakfast television.
In a bid to reclaim the Nine exclusive, Wilkinson will wear the $550 crepe jacket with peplum hem and provocative neckline this morning.
But not every Tom, Dick and Harry in TV land has listened. So far only her public broadcasting comrades appear to have gotten the “On Thursdays we wear nutty blazers” obiter dictum.
ABC News 24 reporter Kirsten Aiken replied, “The memo” and retweeted Wilkinson’s wily request.
© UNILAD That escalated quickly: Ten’s Natarsha Belling wearing the jacket over the weekend.
Fellow ABC journalist Charlotte Hamlyn may not be as keen. Considering she’s already worn it in four different colours.
The jacket, by local fashion label Scanlan Theodore, shot to fame and went viral after Channel Ten newsreader Natarsha Belling wore it during a weekend news bulletin.
Meanwhile Today has become an excitable hotbed of social activism.
Last year Karl Stefanovic admitted to wearing the same “knock off Burberry suit” on air for a year.
“I’ve worn the same suit on air for a year – except for a couple of times because of circumstance – to make a point,” he told Fairfax Media. “Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they do, what they say and what they wear.”
Shortly after that Wilkinson savaged the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey.
“With a script that makes Mills & Boon read like bleedin’ Dickens, and lines like, ‘I don’t do romance’, Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey is the 30-something jerk of a billionaire who never seems to work. An emotionally crippled narcissist no-one could love,” she said.
“Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey is more appalling than appealing. It’s domestic violence dressed up as erotica…and if there’s one thing this movie is not, it’s erotic.”
Come Thursday all eyes will be back on Wilkinson and newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys, not to mention arch rivals Samantha Armytage and Natalie Barr over on Sunrise who may pitch in and support the sisterhood.
No word yet if other members of breakfast television, Stefanovic and David “Kochie” Koch, will join their female co-hosts in Thursday’s fashionable morning glory.