If you’ve been reading this site for a while, then you’ll know that Piers Morgan is, as the Brits would say, a giant wanker, who would do just about anything to get the attention he so desperately craves.
One of the ways he stokes the media fire is by giving his unsolicited and unwelcome opinion, especially when it comes to female celebs. He went after Amber Rose for her gender activism last year, gave a sickening account of the time he met Meghan Markle, and insulted Ariana Grande on Twitter.
Now, after seeing the cover of Cosmo which features plus-size model Tess Holliday, he decided to publicly intervene in her life by writing an open letter.
It’s a long letter, that he clearly put a lot of time and effort into. You can read the full open letter on the Daily Mail site, but here are some of the highlights:
We don’t know each other.
In fact, until several weeks ago, I had never heard of you.
Then you appeared as the cover star of Cosmopolitan magazine, wearing a green swimsuit and blowing a kiss under the headline: ‘A SUPERMODEL ROARS! TESS HOLLIDAY WANTS THE HATERS TO KISS HER ASS.’
So Piers sees a headline where a woman expresses her lack of interest in other people’s opinions about her, and he immediately assumes it’s addressed to him. He then goes on to mansplain medical definitions.
As such, you are someone suffering from morbid obesity.
That’s not me being a ‘fat-shaming douchebag’, as your legion of fans will doubtless immediately scream.
That’s just a fact.
The medical establishment gives that definition to anyone who is more than 100lbs overweight or has a BMI (Body Mass Index – the ratio of an individual’s height to his or her weight) of 40 or more.
The above quote follows on directly from the previous one. Apparently not caring about how other people feel about her weight, means that Tess Holliday is “suffering from morbid obesity”. Also thanks for the all-caps Piers. We wouldn’t want any confusion with regards to who you’re talking to.
He goes on:
But when I saw your photo, which quickly went viral on Twitter, my heart sank.
‘This is very sad,’ I tweeted. ‘She badly needs better friends, who are going to be more honest with her and explain she is dangerously overweight and should do something about it.’
You replied: ‘The last 2 weeks you’ve been obsessed with me. Makes me feel like you’re almost into thicker girls & too afraid to admit it.’
OK, well first, I love women of all shapes and sizes.
Second, I’m not obsessed with you, I’m worried about you.
We can keep having a pop at each other on Twitter, and fuel the supposed ‘feud’ between us.
But ultimately, I’m not criticising you for a bit of social media fun or to score a few cheap points at your expense.
So you’re worried about her and not looking to score cheap points or bolster yourself on social media? This is obviously why you wrote an open letter instead of a private email, and published it in a British tabloid. He then goes into the interview that she gave to Cosmo:
In the accompanying interview, you explained why you started your online #effyourbeautystandards campaign:
‘I created it out of frustration. I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, “You’re too fat to wear that!” or “Cover up!” And then one night, I was lying in bed and thought, “F*ck that! So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’ and encouraged others to do the same.’
I can understand the desire to do that.
But then you said: ‘I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life now and it took me being the heaviest to finally love myself.’
Sorry, Tess, and I say this with great respect, but I just don’t believe you.
Sure, tell her how she feels. You guys are such close personal friends, I’m sure you know best.
There’s a lot more in the letter about weight gain and Pier’s exercise routine. Here’s how it ends:
The bottom line is that there’s nothing remotely powerful or inspiring about a 5ft 3in person breaking the scales at 300lbs.
It’s just a guaranteed pathway to sickness, misery and possible death.
So I urge you to stop pretending your body is radiating some great ‘positive image’ to the world.
Wake up, shape up and be the brilliant role model you COULD be if you just stopped listening to those fools who want to celebrate your morbid obesity.
You can do it, and I will be the first to salute, and celebrate you if you do.
Whatever, dude. When you “wake up and shape up” to be a decent human being, we’ll take your opinions seriously. Until then, stop pretending your sexism and body shaming “is radiating some great ‘positive image’ to the world”.
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