Michael Caine once brilliantly said in The Dark Knight ‘some men… just want to watch the world burn’ – and boy has that never been so evident this week.
LBC’s Steve Allen yesterday felt the need and he most certainly had the audacity to body-shame Tilly Ramsay on his radio show, encouraging us to mobilise and march.
It was one thing to say she can’t dance – has he watched Strictly before? – but he took his thoughts into ‘hell no!’ territory when he branded the NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD a ‘chubby little thing’, inviting comment by adding ‘isn’t she?’.
He then suggested it’s ‘probably her dad’s cooking’.
Steve, mate, you alright?
You are not referring to a teeny-tiny, delectably chonky puppy here, you are talking about a person and, more so, a teenage girl.
This is disgusting behaviour and, while I might joke about how I’m salivating for Gordon Ramsay’s scathing response (Idiot Sandwich 2.0 perhaps?), the response to Allen’s comments has at least illustrated that this is not the sort of content we’re going to sit back and let pollute the waves.
Legend Tilly shared an eloquent clap back to the radio host, telling fans she ‘won’t tolerate people that think it’s OK to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone’s weight and appearance’.
If someone called me a ‘chubby little thing’ on a radio show when I was 19 I can only assume I’d lock myself in a room and not talk to anyone for several days.
I can’t even fathom the self-loathing tailspin I’d engage in, the unhealthy eating and exercise habits I might have begun, and the work I’d need to put in to love my body again (while I most definitely thought I was the chubbiest of ‘chubby little things’ at that age, it took a good decade to realise I was a plum fool for thinking such a thing – and I wasn’t shamed on national radio).
I weep to think of the teenage girls currently comparing their own bodies to Tilly’s, poking and prodding anything that doesn’t look like a filtered, Photoshopped, humanoid influencer, and thinking, ‘am I a chubby little thing, too?’
For Tilly to stand up and call this man out for his BS is worthy of applause, but, she shouldn’t have had to address such things in the first place. Because it shouldn’t be said. And it certainly shouldn’t have made it to air. Dump buttons exist for a reason.
Jason Manford and Dr Alex George are among the stars who have come to Tilly’s defence.
Love Island’s Dr Alex, who was appointed a youth mental health ambassador for the Government earlier this year, penned a letter to LBC regarding Steve’s behaviour and called for a discussion to make sure ‘such a situation never arises again.’
You’d assume from all the outrage and uproar that’s out there that this is a standalone event. But bloody hell this isn’t even the only time this week a young star has been body-shamed publicly.
Dr Alex himself, of Love Island fame, highlighted a comment made on his appearance after a follower asked if he’d put on weight.
The good folks over at NoOneAskedForYourOpinion.co.uk aren’t even hiding such appearance-related ridicule, targeting people you don’t know and have no clue what their health is.
Some have even tried to justify Allen’s comments because ‘obesity is a problem in the UK’. Are you flippin’ mad? I’m all for getting meaningful public health messages out there, but you’re honestly using the O-word in the mere presence of a woman who is training hours every day, and tearing up the dance floor in an array of sweat-inducing numbers fit for an athlete. Get off it. This is just reckless.
You could argue Allen was ‘entitled’ to say whatever he wants, sure, and hooray for free speech (otherwise probably wouldn’t be typing this) but his comments are not only wholly unwarranted but also potentially quite harmful and that’s what’s grinding my gears.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are also on the rise in the UK with a recent Metro.co.uk investigation revealing how services are at ‘breaking point’ amid a lack of hospital beds and a two-year wait for treatment.
It’s never been OK to pass this sort of unsolicited judgement on someone’s body, but is it just me or is this s**t getting worse?
Just because Tilly Ramsay has put herself out there on Strictly, in all its bedazzlement and high kicks, or that Dr Alex once got his top off on national telly because he spent several weeks in the blistering hot Spanish sun, and even if there is an obesity epidemic, it doesn’t make it open season for these sorts of comments.
This is just another example of folks who are in desperate need of a hobby.
And a mute button.
Credit: Original article published here.