He’s like a dog with a freakin’ bone. UK über-douche Piers Morgan has written an open letter to plus-size supermodel/body positive spokesperson Tess Holliday, once again berating her for unapologetically baring her swimsuit-clad body on the cover of Cosmo and saying she loves herself.
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.’
It was a very striking, newsworthy cover because you are 5ft 3in and weigh over 300lbs…
…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.
Morbid obesity, as its name suggests, is a very serious health condition.
Those who are diagnosed with it are at greater risk for illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease and cancer.
In other words, it can kill you.
Yet Cosmopolitan sat you in a throne and declared you’re ‘a role model for others who’ve been excluded this way’, you’re ‘downright honest’ and you’re ‘everything the fashion industry needs right now’ because you ‘don’t conform to the narrow standard of beauty that’s been set by society.’
What a load of absolute nonsense…
… Nobody, male or female, could see their weight surge to over 300lbs if they’re just 5ft 3in tall, and be genuinely happy.
Right now, I think you’re trapped in a hellish spiral of self-delusion in which your soaring fame and fortune is entirely dependent on you remaining morbidly obese.
You’re only getting the cover of Cosmo and endless TV appearances because you’re massively, dangerously overweight yet feigning joy.
In your heart, you must know this?…
… Stop lying to yourself, Tess.
You have two young sons; one of 13, the other just two years old.
They need you to stay alive and be their mum.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s the truth and it’s time you faced up to it.
On Tuesday, you posted a very unedifying semi-naked Instagram photo of yourself to your 1.7 million followers.
You wrote the following words to go with it: ‘@lizzobeeating told me to caption this photo “Damn…that look good”…
… Tess, the most inspirational thing you could do right now is start to LOSE weight, not put even more on.
Imagine what a powerful message it would send to the millions of other Americans with morbid obesity if you could do [that]?
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.
LEAVE TESS ALONE, YOU HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE MAN!