Long-running Aussie TV star’s Harvey Weinstein moment
Matt Danswan

Matt Danswan

In Australia, Don Burke is quickly becoming its country’s version of Harvey Weinstein. Unlike Harvey Weinstein, Don Burke is a household name as a TV star. He hasn’t made his name behind the camera – or in the production offices – but rather in front of the camera.

For decades he was the face of Burke’s Backyard, a hugely popular TV show that helped ordinary Australians learn more about gardening. His show then became a top-selling monthly magazine, also named Burke’s Backyard.

Don Burke became all things gardening for Australians. He endorsed many products and I’d imagine has made millions of dollars along the way. But now the allegations are out and he is facing his own Harvey Weinstein moment. As I type this, his world would literally be crashing down around him.

I can only imagine the shame, the embarrassment and the loss of face his entire family would be feeling right now.

I don’t know Don Burke and he certainly doesn’t know me. I do know his son though. Some years ago his son bought the house directly across the street from ours in Sydney Australia. And given Sydney has a population of 4.6 million, it was quite a coincidence. While he was a very quiet guy, he was also a nice man. He had two young boys and his wife was a lovely lady. He kept to himself, but over the years I got to know him a little better, and from meeting and knowing him, there is no way I would ever have thought his dad had the reputation we now are finding out that he had.

But whenever someone crashes and burns, others pay a hefty price. I can only imagine how Don’s son is feeling right now. His two boys would be at school now. His wife is probably well known for her famous father-in-law, and so innocent people get caught up in the process.

So what’s the point in all of this? Just for all of us to be aware that the ramifications of our actions affect our loved ones. Any errors we make are not solely our own. Our family will wear our errors.

Therefore my solution is to keep reading Proverbs so we can get that daily wisdom on our lives. If the Lord can keep correcting us on a daily basis it could stop little issues becoming major life errors that cause major embarrassment to those we love dearly.


Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of My Christian Daily. He Also blogs at www.mattdanswan.com.

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