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Sayonara, Lara: the love affair is over  Sayonara, Lara: the love affair is over
Sayonara, Lara: the love affair is over ONCE you have appeared on national television wearing a bikini and cricket pads, it is tricky to make the switch to feminist heroine. But this week Lara Bingle - home wrecker, tart, the Yoko Ono of the Australian cricket team - has taken a tilt at just that. She has given an interview to a magazine protesting about the objectification of women and ignited a debate about exactly how modern a man should be when it comes to supporting his partner. She has been the subject of old lines about certain kinds of women and how they ''ask for it'', and even contributed to the national debate on bullying. Advertisement: Story continues below But a terse statement last night announced that Australian sport's glamour couple had called it quits. ''Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle have decided to end their engagement,'' it read. ''They ask the media to respect their privacy during this difficult time. No further comment will be made.'' At the beginning of the week the drama was still in the gossip pages. The dignity of Bingle, one half of Australia's ersatz Posh'n'Becks, had been assaulted by the publication of a nude photograph. But when news broke that Bingle's then fiance, Clarke, was leaving the Australian cricket team to support her as she dealt with the media fallout, the scandal suddenly took on national significance. For there are few things more un-Australian than baling on your mates for a chick. When your mates are the Australian cricket team, and your manly duty is to captain (or vice-captain) them, you may as well be spitting on the flag or setting fire to a koala while playing Waltzing Matilda backwards. And even if the public will forgive you, sporting pundits will not. Commentators usually ignore the women behind the sportsmen, but this week they donned disapproving expressions to deliver homilies about the ideal cricketing wife: unflashy, of stable mind and modest demeanour. But the tradition of the sporting wife has changed, and Bingle is its exemplar. Whereas once they stayed either at home, or in the shadows of the spectators' box, now they are more likely to be spruiking their own fashion line. It was not so long ago that Bingle was being held up proudly as Australia's most prominent WAG, the British term coined to describe the wives and girlfriends of the English football team. We loved their Charlie's Angels style and wanted our own set of WAG dolls to play with. We got Bingle, and now we are sticking pins into her. The relationship between WAG and sporting authorities is mutually beneficial - they bring glamour and humour to sport. They attract media attention and therefore advertising dollars. Cricket Australia was happy to trade on Bingle's popularity when it used her in an advertisement for the Ashes tour, standing (scantily clad) in front of no less a doyen than Richie Benaud. It is a truism that Australians ask a lot of their sporting heroes. If recent reports are to be believed, Clarke has come home to end his engagement, or have it ended for him. Either way, few people would expect him to conduct such a personal transaction via text message or Skype. Clarke has behaved with both sense and sensibility - qualities we always say are lacking in the macho culture of Australian sport. But whether or not his relationship with Bingle has soured, Bingle's relationship with the public certainly has. This week she has been accused of threatening her fiance's career, she has been called a ''mess'' and unstable. She has been mocked as too short to model, and worst of all, declared ''unmarketable''. The things that are said on internet comment boards - the meeting place for modern lynch mobs - or implied in news reports, are more sinister. Reporters note she is ''linked'' to men with unsavoury reputations. Readers are encouraged to join the dots for themselves. Before Brendan Fevola's nasty paparazzi effort of photographing her in the shower, Bingle allowed professional topless photos to be taken of her. But the argument that because she has consented once, she loses all right to refuse in the future, well, nobody still thinks like that, do they? In Bingle's paid interview for Woman's Day, she says of the nude photo that ''women should not have to accept that sort of behaviour … it is demeaning and disrespectful of us''. A small report in a tabloid newspaper this week said Bingle was donating a portion of the interview fee to an anti-bullying charity. The story smacked of deft publicist placement, and swirling behind the entire debacle has been the spectre of Bingle's agent, Max Markson, a man so commercially minded he makes Donald Trump seem like a socialist. Various reports have circulated about how much money he is asking for his client's story, and what she is prepared to do for it. Bingle has moved from WAG to celebrity, following the time-honoured route of sex scandal via product placement and fashion modelling. Privacy is rarely part of that deal. In the introduction to his interview, Phillip Koch writes: ''This is Lara Bingle stripped bare - but on this occasion there is a big difference. She is the one in control.''
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