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Australian obit that called an author ‘plain of feature, and certainly overweight,’ leads to #myozobituary

The Guardian | The Daily Dot | The Mary Sue

Colleen McCullough, the late author of “The Thorn Birds,” died on Thursday, Elle Hunt reported Friday for The Guaridan. Her obituary on Friday in The Australian resulted in the hashtag #myozobituary.

In Friday’s edition of the Australian, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds – which sold 30m copies worldwide – is remembered as “plain of feature, and certainly overweight, [but] nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth” in the first paragraph.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw wrote Friday for The Daily Dot about the hashtag.

Some of these hashtag obituaries are pretty funny, but they expose a grim truth: If you’re a woman, it’s practically impossible to escape being judged by your appearance.

Sam Maggs reported on it as well for The Mary Sue.

The incredible classiness and inarguable misogyny of the obituary did not go ignored by the internet, and #MyOzObituary has been trending on Twitter to some fairly hilarious results.

All three pieces include some tweets, and here are a few more, from journalists and writers.

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