You may have noticed “granny panties,” otherwise known as high-waisted, comfortable underwear, taking over your Twitter feed of late.
Variations of the hashtag #UndiesOutForSam have been trending after a curious and frankly horrific article was published in Daily Mail Australia Sunday that criticised Australian TV personality Samantha Armytage for her choice of intimates.
Armytage was not sporting external undies à la Superman. Rather, she was out in public and her underwear was definitely beneath her clothes.
Her visible pantie line, with an apparently too-high-to-be-sexy waist, was nevertheless sufficient fodder for an entire news article.
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) December 11, 2016
There are so many things wrong here. For example, what’s the problem with not wanting your underwear to fall down? Nothing provides security more than elastic around your belly.
But most importantly, Armytage should be free to wear whatever she likes without comment or criticism — a fact social media pointed out again and again in the deluge of backlash to the piece.
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— Mariam Veiszadeh (@MariamVeiszadeh) December 12, 2016
— Jane Kennedy (@Jane_L_Kennedy) December 12, 2016
— EJG1997 (@EJG1997) December 11, 2016
Of all the things Sam Armytage should be ashamed of, how could anyone think “her habit of wearing underpants” is a pertinent one? https://t.co/lk751Unsyy
— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) December 11, 2016
In an act of underwear solidarity, users also posted pictures of themselves wearing or displaying their fave granny panties — supporting Armytage’s freedom to choose whatever type of underwear she damn well pleases.
— Ruby (@RubySaysSo) December 12, 2016
— Lou Pollard (@LouPollard) December 12, 2016
— Countess of Hobart (@CountessHobart) December 12, 2016
— Kelly James (@kellysthenics) December 12, 2016
— moonbirdsunbird (@Moonbirdsunbird) December 12, 2016
— Julia Morris (@Ladyjmo) December 12, 2016
As one tweeter pointed out, unless you’re a superhero “who bloody cares” what undies you wear. Too right.
Every woman I know owns a pair of Reg Grundies, I wear mine with pride. Happily standing with Sam Armytage AND her knickers#whobloodycares
— GemmaTognini (@GemmaTognini) December 12, 2016