As a general rule, if you’re making an appearance on national TV, it’s probably best not to take any chances with what you look like.
Because if you wear anything out of the ordinary, viewers WILL jump on it.
And that’s exactly what happened when a young mum rocked up in the Good Morning Britain studio this morning wearing what appeared to be a back-to-front shirt.
Sylvia Gulliver sat on the sofa with her husband Martin and daughter Madison to explain how the poor girl had been disfigured by a henna tattoo she got while they were on holiday. That’s what viewers SHOULD have been focusing on.
But social media being what it is, attention quickly turned to Sylvia’s admittedly unusual get-up.
“Has that women [sic] got her old man’s striped shirt on back to front?” tweeted one cruel commentator.
Another quipped: “Why is this woman wearing the gown that my barbershop puts on me for a shave?”
And a third claimed that Sylvia’s fashion statement deserved all the headlines: “I think the woman wearing her shirt backwards is the interesting news.”
But, of course, the henna horror was the real biggie here. The family, from the Isle of Wight, were on holiday in Egypt when seven-year-old Madison decided she wanted one of the temporary tattoos.
Her dad Martin agreed, so off she went to the hotel salon to have the natural dye applied to her skin.
However, the little girl suffered a hypersensitive reaction to one of the ingredients in the henna – paraphenylenediamine (PPD) – and the tattoo erupted into agonising blisters.
She was rushed to a specialist burns unit, where the blisters were cut away, leaving her with permanent scars.
The family told presenters Jeremy Kyle and Kate Garraway that they wanted to alert other parents to the dangers of henna tattoos, which are supposed to be a fun, short-term alternative to the real thing.
We just hope viewers weren’t too busy making fun of that shirt to heed the warning.