Four-year old Bob Irwin, son of the late Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, was shown filming scenes for a possible TV pilot on Australian news show 60 Minutes. Little Bob was featured wrestling a pint-sized crocodile, handling various reptiles and playing up for the cameras. His mother, Terri Irwin, proudly boasts “He’s a little Steve clone.” Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray in a freak accident while filming a wildlife show for Discovery.
“I’m mister independence,” Bob says, refusing help from celebrity sister Bindi, 10 – who already has her own wildlife show on the Discovery Kids channel – to climb a tree.
[From New York Post]
And you thought Lynne Spears pushed her kids into show business early.
After Steve Irwins tragic death two years ago, Terri seems to be clinging to TV celebrity, first through her then 8-year old daughter, who has successfully become a brand all her own at the ripe old age of 10, and now through her barely speaking full sentences son, Bob. I’m not sure if I think this is crappy or just plain sad. Either Terri is the stage mom from hell, living vicariously through her kids, or she just can’t let go of that part of her life with Steve.
Hearing her description of a typical morning in the Irwin household make me think it might be the latter.
Terri Irwin insists Bob and Bindi have normal childhoods and doesn’t believe it’s unusual that the family watches a Steve Irwin DVD each morning.
“It’s comforting and familiar,” she says. “It’s nice while we’re having breakfast to hear Steve’s voice in the background. It’s special.”
[From New York Post]
Bindi appears to be a well-adjusted kid with an adultlike dedication to the subject of her show, but there’s a pretty generous gap in marketability between a 10-year old and a 4-year old. I’m hoping someone steps in and suggests that it might just be a bit premature to throw this kid in front of the cameras.
Bindi, Bob and Terri Irwin are shown promoting Bindi’s line of dolls at FAO Schwartz on 2/18/08. Credit: MLM/Fame Pictures