A petition has been launched against Sunrise’s Samantha Armytage asking her to apologise for comments she made on air which have been deemed as ‘racist’.
The 37-year-old was interviewing non-identical twins from the UK who have become a sensation around the world due to their opposite skin tones.
Lucy and Maria Aylmer were introduced by Armytage, however Lucy was ‘congratulated’ for having her dad’s fair skin.
Armytage says “Maria has taken after her half Jamaican mum with dark skin and brown eyes and curly dark hair, but Lucy got her dad’s fair skin, good on her, along with straight red hair and blue eyes.”
Co-host David Kochie seems taken aback by the comment and sits there confused for a few seconds.
A Seven spokesperson has since come out and explained the comment to the Daily Mail saying “Regular members of the Sunrise audience or anyone who has seen the clip in full will know that Sam was taking a dig at herself.”
“She frequently jokes about the fair skin that runs in her family and how difficult it can be to manage in extreme environments.”
The comment has not been received well by viewers with the “good on her” comment deemed inappropriate and extremely offensive and very racist.
This is the second comment Sam has made recently which has raised eyebrows.
In an interview with Seven’s Hamish McLachlan she said, “I get up at 3:40 every morning – and sleep deprivation is a form of torture they used at Guantánamo Bay, so I can be fragile at times.”