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‘Ugly Baby’ Jab On ‘Footy Show’ Angers Parents [Video]

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If you saw a picture of your baby on national TV and the commentators called him or her “ugly,” what would you do? The Australian sports program The Footy Show is finding out after doing just that on an episode last week.

Panelists posted a photo of 18-month-old Bella and said that someone sent the photo in thinking that the baby looked like one of the commentators on the show. Everyone on the panel roared with laughter, the implication being (I guess) that the commentator is ugly and so is the baby.

Anyway, parents Michael and Melanie Richmond from Sydney were stunned when they found out that their baby was on national TV and called ugly and said that they are consulting with lawyers to see if there’s anything they can do about the bad joke.

The Footy Showreleased a statement after finding out who the baby’s family was which read, in part:

“We chose not to make a statement to News Ltd yesterday but we did not refuse to apologise to the family and we did speak to the family on Friday and will do so again today to reassure them we never intended to cause hurt to them or their child and of course apologise if it did.”

But the “ugly baby” parents are “still in shock and dumbfounded” and are pursuing legal options against the show’s producers. The only problem, it seems, is that the photo came from Facebook, making it fair game for use by the media.

“I understand how Facebook works and that when you share photos they become public and there’s nothing you can do,” said Michael Richmond.

But they might have a chance since the producers of The Footy Show didn’t actually get the photo from Facebook — it was sent in by an alleged friend of the couple. If you ask me, they should cut out the middle-man and find out who the submitter is so they can block him or her from attending future block parties.

Whatever they do, the couple wants someone to answer for calling their baby “ugly” on national TV.

“We were going to let it go but we can’t. Someone has put our baby on TV. We want to get some feedback on what our legal options are now,” Michael said.

You can watch the “ugly baby” Footy Show clip below, and let us know what you think:

[Image via: Vasiliy Koval / Shutterstock]

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25 Responses to “‘Ugly Baby’ Jab On ‘Footy Show’ Angers Parents [Video]”

  1. Debbie Cohen

    ugly babies sometimes tun out to be adorable grown ups.let's hope.

  2. Alfreda Bear Hopper

    There was a baby girl in our church years ago that looked just like Yoda. Today, she's an absolutely beautiful young woman. Her "pretty" older sister? Not so much now.

  3. Jeff Labadie

    Money-grubbing losers. If they weren't whining like a couple of little beyotches, nobody in the world would ever know it was their baby.

  4. Von Fileccia

    I think all babies are cute, cuddly, sweet. For anyone to say that about a baby has no class. Shows that a person is not worthy to be on any TV show & judge what anyone looks like. Maybe the person saying it was looking in a mirror.

  5. Kathy Buchanan Davenport

    Yes the baby is ugly but the guy didn't say the baby was ugly all he said was that the baby looks like Sterlo! Geez people if your going to sue every time insults your ugly baby then maybe you should have taken a good long look in the mirror before you decided to procreate!

  6. AAngélicaa Venegas

    sorry to say but that baby is ugly no offense but people now days will find anything to sue over.

  7. Trudy Barrett

    The kid looks like a Baby Quark (DS9). Don't post pictures of your ugly kid if you can't handle the criticism. Was there not a better picture of your kid that you could've submitted?

  8. Lola ThePoet Escapist Gomez

    I cant not call a baby ugly…no can do, this baby is ok looking.

  9. Sharon Khilling

    How horrible – I think the baby looks just like her parents. What is wrong with people? Supposed adults saying such horrible things? Shame on them!

  10. Adrianna Caraballo

    The baby just has cutie dumbo ears! People are mean.

  11. Alex Nicholas

    dude the fucking baby is ugly as shit who gives a fuck. the parents are probably disgusting as fuck too. too wrongs don't make a right….lol.

  12. Anonymous

    And this is why you set your FB privacy settings so your pictures and personal info can only be viewed by friends. Though I guess there is nothing you can do about idiot "friends" who send your baby's picture into a tv show without asking permission first. They should sue their friend if they are really that upset about it. Otherwise, just let it go.

  13. Anonymous

    The parents are obviously opportunists because the baby is obviously not ugly and I saw no mention of her being an ugly baby on the broadcast. There are no ugly babies. There are however, ugly people that call babies ugly.

  14. Lola ThePoet Escapist Gomez

    that wasnt the baby they were talking about…u gotta watch the video

  15. Julia Finley Mosca

    You're both looking at the wrong baby. Click on the link that says "posted a photo of 18 month old bella." However, I don't think bella is an ugly baby either.

  16. Christiana Akonom

    I think the parents are over reacting, the show said they will apologize, they were given the picture. I think the couple is now just trying to get money out of it, they should just be the bigger people and drop it, accept the apology and walk away.