Katherine Lynch judges Fatima Whitbread
I was minding my own business on The Twitter last night, when I spotted the following from Katherine Lynch:
So Sinitta is going into I’m a Celebrity. That’s another black woman in the camp who springs to mind when u say the words “So macho!”
It stopped me in my tracks.
The overt gendered and racial sentiments were immediately objectionable. What is more, I had earlier read about Whitbread’s life in her own words. So I read back through Lynch’s tweets to see if she had anything else to say about the I’m A Celebrity opening night.
And boy, did she ever:
I hope Fatima Whitbread has to eat testicles in the jungle….her own
Fatima, the body of tarzan and the tits of Jane. Scary stuff!
Antony Cotton’s going to get bummed by Fatima Whitbread, put money on it!
Where are the bloody celebrities? Willie bloody Carson? Fatima “King Kong” Whitbread and Stefanie “I now look like FreeWay” Powers.Very weak
These pretty much cover the gamut of vile, nasty phobias and -isms that are out there, don’t they? (And as we know Lynch is no stranger to questionable “humour”.)
I try to avoid drawing attentions to haters (as we’ve seen before), but in this particular case, Fatima Whitbread just happens to be an amazing woman who has achieved some of the highest honours in athletics, having overcome what seems to be a childhood that was nothing short of horrific.
Whitbread wrote in The Observer back in 2003 about her life and experiences.
Lynch’s comments (and all those in the same vein that are doing the rounds) are utterly contemptible by themselves.
Katherine Lynch and those who laugh along should read about Whitbread’s life and be especially ashamed.
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