‘Laura Whitmore must lead by example if she really wants people to be kind’
Laura Whitmore, do us all a favour and zip it.
In February 2020, Laura Whitmore told listeners on her BBC Radio 5 Live show to “be kind”, fast forward just over a year, Laura Whitmore lambasted a journalist who politely asked for comment on a story about her baby’s name.
How shocking! In fact, Laura thought it was “vile” and therefore felt justified in sharing the journalist’s full name across Instagram and Twitter, venting her frustrations to nearly 2million followers. I’m assuming she knew exactly what she was doing: an open invitation for her followers to go after this journalist for merely doing a job.
What did the journalist do wrong anyway? She didn’t even need dignify the article with a comment from Laura or her unfunny comic hubby Iain Stirling (yeah, you’d only recognise his voice).
This overreaction was cruel and malicious; there must’ve been some intent to embarrass the editor and have Laura’s gormless fans go after this poor woman.
So when I decided to call out this mediocre reality TV presenter on her Instagram post, she subsequently BLOCKED me. I was simply echoing the same sentiment of remaining ‘kind’ online as she did on her own radio show.
Explain the difference? How can you advocate kindness on social media, yet knowingly reveal the identity of a journalist who upset you because she asked for a sentence for an online story. Get a life. Work might be drying-up if she has the time to ridicule strangers online, especially when her agent could’ve replied and quashed rumours.
I’m exhausted by these D-list celebrities wanting fame and fortunes, yet don’t accept the other side of being in the public eye. You can’t have it both ways. The likes of Laura Whitmore have the best jobs in the world, presenting to millions of viewers, generous salaries, fun-packed filming, free outfits — sounds fantastic, right? But with those unique benefits, comes greater public interest in your personal life.
You signed up for this. What made you think, Laura, that being the host of ITV2’s flagship TV show, they’d be no press intrusion or public interest in your life. Perhaps if you can’t face the reality of fame, quit your cushy Love Island gig. There’s a queue of much more talented, humble, and understanding presenters who would be ready to take your place in a heartbeat.
A few days ago, after sharing the cordial email online, she followed-up with a picture talking about further ‘press intrusion’. She referenced a marriage certificate that was leaked by a tabloid, but again I ask, what do you expect as a celebrity?
I’m flummoxed by her peculiar assessment of celebrity culture, for decades the press have always taken interest in individuals on telly or film — what makes her think she should be exempt? As long as it’s on her terms, or she’s the front cover, and has complete control of what people say about her, then she appears to be fine with it.
That’s not how it works, I’m afraid to say.
On the flip side, Ellie Goulding and her husband Caspar Jopling, revealed the name of their baby via The Times. So what’s Laura’s issue?
Not even the Royal Family make this kind of a fuss when they’re revealing the name of their latest royal baby; the difference being they have the world’s attention, yet Laura is barely scraping a combined audience of 2million. It’s laughable to the point I can’t tell if she’s being serious or trolling the people who might be mildly interested.
Now, if Laura hadn’t blocked me on Instagram, I would’ve messaged explaining her empty virtue-signalling. Instead, my words will be communicated via this column, and it’s very straightforward: if you really want people to be kind, you’ve got to lead by example.
Don’t lecture the public from your high horse on what’s wrong and what’s right, when evidently, you’re just as bad. Cheers, Laura.
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