TV make-up artist slams Rudd’s ‘rudeness’ following leaders debate

Sky News has distanced itself from a make-up artist who last night took to social media to slam Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for being rude to her as she made him up for last night’s debate.

After the event Lily Fontana who did the make-up for both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, took to her unlocked Facebook page writing: 

“Just finished doing Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott’s makeup for the People’s Forum at the Broncos Leagues Club.

“One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledge that I had a job to do and was very appreciative. The other did the exact opposite! Oh boy, I have ever had anyone treat me so badly whilst trying to do my job. Political opinions aside…from one human being to another…Mr Abbott, you win hands down.”

Fontana has since taken down the post, saying she regrets making the remarks.

Make up

While Fontana is a freelance make-up artist her employer for the event this morning issued a statement saying:

“Sky News has been made aware of comments posted on social media by a freelance make-up artist used at the Broncos Leagues Club last night.

“The individual is not a Sky News staff member.

“The comments posted were extremely unprofessional and we do not agree with them.

“We understand the post has now been removed and she has expressed her regret over the matter.”

Stories about how politicians behave in private can have a dramatic impact on public perceptions. In 2009, Rudd was forced to apologise to an air stewardess he had been rude to after losing his temper over the catering. A leaked video emerged while he was exiled from the leadership showing him swearing as he attempted to record a difficult video message in Chinese.

In the last British election, a key point of the campaign was when PM Gordon Brown forgot he was still wearing a microphone and privately described a woman he had spoken to on the campaign trail as a bigot.

Nic Christensen 


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