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Bindi's Birthday Bummer?

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The Crocodile Hunter's daughter turned 10 years old yesterday -- and we're wondering if her cake was a birthday party downer.

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We couldn't help but wonder if Bindi's Irwin's birthday cake ruined her special day. How does it feel to cut into your dead father's face and then bite into it? Is this a good way to honor a national hero and wonderful father -- or is it time for Bindi to find an identity other than as Steve Irwin's daughter? 

We asked momlogic contributor, Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, for her expert advice:

"I see why they wanted to include the dead father's memory in the celebration," she says. "Probably when they were thinking of the idea, it sounded cute. 'He's gonna be with us in spirit...he's going to be at the party.' But they didn't think it through. The actual image is going to be cut up. It's so impermanent."

Because Steve Irwin was killed so violently, she says the last thing you want to do is cut him again. "It's like desecrating his image and cutting into the dead," she says. "To me, that is a little weird. And eventually, the cake is going to be eaten -- which makes it even more creepy."

Rabbi Sherre says there are other ways to honor his memory in a more permanent way. "They could have given Bindi a gold locket with a picture of her father in it," she concludes. "Same message, but communicated in a totally different way."

What do you think?


21 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous July 24, 2008, 4:48 PM

WHo are we to even comment on this? They can honor him however they feel is right for them. Bindi looks happy in the photo.

jackie July 24, 2008, 5:26 PM

does her mother ever take off those clothes???

MEME July 24, 2008, 6:11 PM

I THINK THAT THE CAKE WAS PERFECT, AND I THINK THAT IT IS A BEAUTIFUL IDEA, I THINK THAT THE COMMENTS THAT YOU MADE,Rabbi Sherre WERE WRONG AND VERY JUDFEMENTAL, I DOUBT THAT MANY THINK WHAT YOU THOUGHT, AND MAAYBE YOU WHOULD TAKE SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT HOW YOU THINK, LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE, DID YOU NOT LEARN, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING NICE THEN DO NOT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.

Michael23 July 24, 2008, 6:34 PM

It’s all fun and games until someone becomes a drug addict in her teens.

Marsha July 24, 2008, 7:12 PM

I think too many people read way too much in to things of this sort. Is Bindi’s cake really much different than having ones own child’s photo etched into the icing??

Best thing any one can do for the entire Irwin family is STOP second guessing their every move and let them live their life as they see fit.

Sheli July 25, 2008, 8:02 AM

In my opinion Steve Irwin lived his life in a reckless way and took way too many chances with his and his children’s lives. It was only a matter of time before something tragic happened. I don’t think it is any of our business what was on the cake and I can’t believe there are people out there who have nothing better to do than spy on a dead guys family.

Yeah Yeah July 25, 2008, 9:14 AM

I’m sure Bindi loved the cake. She is so mature for her age and I can’t belive anyone would even go so low as to say it was wrong for them to have a photo of her dad on the cake. Really,get a life and leave the Irwin’s alone. They’ve been through enough.

Jaclyn  July 25, 2008, 9:20 AM

I think the pic was when it was them 3 as a family-happier times! its a pic not a dead body!

Jeanelle Caraway July 25, 2008, 9:40 AM

Yeah, you guys are REALLY REACHING here.
How ridiculous of a story.

Nita July 25, 2008, 10:47 AM

Photo images are put on cakes all the time now. I think it’s a great technology. What kind of sick mind would think that eating a cake with a photo on it is comparable to cutting someone up? It’s a cake for goodness sakes! It is meant to be eaten, not preserved forever. Get a life, Rabbi Sherre. What kind of so called “expert” are you anyway? I feel like more harm is done by people like you making negative comments about every aspect of these people’s lives. Quit picking apart their every move.

savannah July 25, 2008, 12:16 PM

My father died when I was 7, if they did this sort of thing then I probably would have wanted to do the same thing. I understand now that I don’t need something possessive to remember my father, but when you’re little sometimes you just need that little something to make you feel like everything is okay.

Leslie July 25, 2008, 3:29 PM

Why isn’t Bindi in the family picture on the cake?????????

Darin July 25, 2008, 4:20 PM

Did anybody think that maybe, JUST MAYBE Bindi got to pick out her cake?? If so, why would she be down? And as for Rabbi Sherre, what exactly is she an expert in? You’re making leaps in logic that the average kid won’t. I’m sure you probably buy into the whole “devil music made me do it” defense as well? Sometimes a cake is just a cake. Hopefully none of the Irwins will read your piece, because if it wasn’t a downer before, I’m sure you’ll make them feel terrible after. Do you scrutinize your own life and choices this thoroughly?

Mtee July 27, 2008, 9:24 PM

Shame on you for suggesting that a picture on a cake is equal to cannibalism. Where did you get your degree, so called Rabbi.Bindi remembers her father fondly. Although his death may have appeared violent to us, Bindi understood the risks her father took in doing what he loved. She is a proud daughter of Steve . Whenever I see her on TV, I can only remark what a beautiful job he did with her. She is so smart and mature for her age. I wish her a very happy 10th birthday.

Ree July 29, 2008, 3:06 PM

I, too, would like to see the Irwin family let go of Steve a little more, and agree with the person who said it may be time for Bindi to establish her OWN identity other than as Steve Irwin’s daughter, BUT it is absolutely NONE of OUR business what she has on her birthday cake. The comments have been mild here, for the most part, but I read a board where she ( yes, this 10-year-old child ) was called every manner of vile and sexually-explicit names, and that’s going way to far. I probably wouldn’t have chosen a cake such as Bindi’s, but I don’t actually see anything wrong or particularly strange about it. It’s an IMAGE; no one has suggested anyone actually thought it was Steve himself showing up there. Give it a rest.

Eileen July 31, 2008, 10:01 AM

It’s fairly certain that Bindi loved her cake and the memory of her dad it evoked. She seems like a fairly mature and level-headed young lady. Steve’s legacy lives on through her and her family.

Caitlin August 9, 2008, 2:51 PM

I agree with Ree as far as calling Bindi the kind of things you never hear on TV because you’re too busy hearing a BLEEP! I mean, it’s stupid crap. But Bindi Irwin is NOT going to become a drug addict. Her dad spoke against drugs, even saying they scared him. Maybe stuff like that is why.
As for the image on a cake, it’s a freaking CAKE! It is meant to be eaten! And Bindi still loves her dad, even if he has been gone almost two years. Yo, Rabbi, why don’t you go say stupid crap about someone who actually deserves it, like Mary Kate Olsen, who I hear is into her two favorite A’s again: alcohol and anorexia.

dottie kydd August 12, 2008, 3:20 PM

I have watched Steve’s on TV and enjoyed it very much. And Iam Proud of Bindi for taking over where her dad left off. And her mom backing her up as Steve would. Has far as the cake it is
not right to Judge only GOD can Judge
why don’t you have a Positive atttitudes
then negative? They are a wounderful and loving family that is proud their dad an husband. All they want is to keep him a good man alive in their hearts and to all the people. Amen

bill March 25, 2009, 1:58 PM

i feel sad for bindi.

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