Viewers mock newsreader for wearing jacket that resembles part of the male anatomy
When you get ready for work in the morning, remember to take a final look in the mirror before you walk out the door. Make sure that your fly is zipped, there's no food stuck to your teeth and and there's no embarrassing trail of toilet paper dragging from your shoe. Oh, and this is very important: Make sure the outline of your jacket doesn't look like a penis.
This week Samantha Heathwood, a newsreader for Australia's Channel Nine, went on the air wearing a very unfortunate jacket. The cut of the neckline forms a recognizable phallic shape that would make any 10-year-old - 0r 10-year-old at heart - crack up with glee. To use purely technical terms, the top of the neckline looks like 'balls' and the bottom half looks like a 'dong,' with her undershirt creating the 'tip.' (We're all adults here, right?)
Viewers of the broadcast immediately spotted the fashion faux pas and mocked Heathwood on social media. After all, it's not every day you see a TV news anchor wear a jacket that resembles part of the male anatomy. One person wrote, "I know I'm immature but this cracks me up," while another added "literally cannot unsee it now." A third accused Channel Nine of pulling a 'dick move' by making Heathwood wear it. Another dirty mind pointed out, "The golden zipper though."
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, was known for explaining human behavior in terms of sex. For example, he created the Oedipal complex, a theory that every child wants to kill the opposite-sex parent and marry the same-sex parent. He supposedly saw phallic symbols everywhere in society. For example, when a man smokes a big cigar, that could be sending a psycho-sexual message. Or it could not. As Freud said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." And hey, sometimes a penis jacket is just a penis jacket.
This is not the first time the notorious green jacket, designed by Scanlan Theodore, has gone viral. In 2016, Ten Eyewitness newsreader Natarsha Belling was spotted wearing it during a broadcast. Sydney radio station Triple M shared a meme of both ladies wearing the jacket, tweeting, "Someone in the wardrobe department, probably: "It's been a couple years, no-one will notice." The caption in the photo read: "Confirmed the penis jacket of 2016 lives on!"
As the photo made the rounds on social media, people couldn't believe that the phallic jacket made a comeback. Some people wondered, "Who wore it better?" Another exclaimed "#penisjacket lives on!!!! I still find this hilarious!" And a third person observed, "Woah that's even worse than before... this time spillage." (Don't act grossed out - you knew exactly what you signed up for when you clicked on this penis jacket article.)
Anyway, if you work in the wardrobe department at a TV station, and you hold a grudge against one of the female newsreaders, now you have something to think about.