Joanne Clifton, a former Strictly Come Dancing professional, has voiced her support for Tilly Ramsay who was cruelly called ‘a chubby little thing’ by LBC shock jock Steve Allen.
Tilly, a contestant in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, is Gordon Ramsay’s daughter. She challenged the 67-year-old radio presenter for commenting so harshly on a young woman’s body.
The 19-year-old posted a response on Instagram which she shared with her one million followers: “Please remember that words can hurt. I won't tolerate people that think it’s okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone's weight and appearance.”
Tilly’s comments have been echoed by fans of the show, celebrities, and dancing colleagues.
Ex professional dancer Joanne Clifton spoke with her brother on his podcast The Kevin Clifton Show about the struggles she went through to keep slim.
Joanne, who appeared on the show from 2014 to 2016, has praised Tilly for standing her ground: "She's so young. I've been through that and had comments like that.
"Being in the dancing world you are always being judged, always. Even physically. But it was disgusting of him to do that.
"That poor girl, she is going out in front of 10 million people in dresses, and she has said herself she's normally in tracksuits.
"She probably doesn't normally wear the short dresses you wear on Strictly. She's going to be a heck of aware of herself now. Well, she's probably not because she's a strong woman and I love the fact she stood up to him.
"But for anyone, especially at that age, it can cause all sorts of eating disorders. I was 26 when I was getting comments saying I was chubby and that.”
Joanne’s brother Kevin, who was also a professional dancer on the show from 2013-2019, asked how she dealt with that pressure: “I stopped eating. I was living on 11 espressos a day.
"It caused me heart palpitations, I had to be in hospital, I was fainting, I had to be put on drips. My own mother didn't even recognise me. I'm anaemic now, it's caused all sorts of health problems.”
LBC are under pressure to fire Steve Allen and Joanne agrees there should be repercussions: “I don’t know if the guy will receive any consequences from it. I hope he does.
“I hope everybody learns from this lesson, even on social media in general, to not make comments that are going to hurt people and cause knock-on effects and lead to health problems and who knows what."
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