Good Morning Britain weatherman Alex Beresford has been accused of “fat shaming” by angry breakfast TV viewers.
The backlash followed Alex’s claim that he had been “fat-fished” on a dating app.
Alex made the comments on the show this morning (August 28), while chatting to hosts Ranvir Singh and Sean Fletcher.
The newly single weather presenter moaned that a “large” woman he was chatting to online had hidden her weight from him and he revealed he was disappointed when they met in real life.
Alex revealed the encounter took place 15 years ago, before he met wife Natalia, who he recently announced he had split from.
What did Alex say?
“When their pictures are just from the shoulders up, alarm bells start ringing,” Alex said.
“So I turned up for the date, and she was a lot different, a lot larger than she looked like in her profile pictures.”
Ranvir warned Alex that he sounded “shallow”, but the GMB star continued.
“It does sound shallow, but I guess that is what you call “fat-fishing”. I would just rather have known from the get go.”
Alex then revealed he’s seen the woman on Instagram recently and she’d lost weight.
He said: “Anyway, to cut a long story short, I saw her on Instagram last week and she looked absolutely amazing!”
How did viewers react?
Twitter soon came alive with comments branding Alex a “d**k”.
“His story is NOT catfishing. I myself have been a victim of proper catfishing twice in the last nine years,” said one.
“I think Alex’s story does a disservice to those that have really been victim to it. All he’s doing is fat shaming,” they added.
Another said: “So Alex doesn’t like fat women then.”
— Catherine Foster (@Catheri03013091) August 28, 2020
A third tweeted: “Alex you d**k. So what if the woman was fat. What a pig Alex is.”
Another commented: “Alex shame on you. She would still be the same person no matter what size she was.”
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