For the past few days, the rather dimwitted Mr Tong has been flooding Twitter with tweets about his new Size Zero slimming pill, apparently to be stocked by Harrods. This is, I should say, news to them and they have categorically denied it.
Take Mr Tong's tablets and you can change you life, he says. You sure can. They are, in fact, tablets meant for asthmatic horses, not passed for human use by either the FDA in the US or the Medicine Control Agency in the UK. Take them and you'll change your life for good, better still, you really will get thin. The only problem is that you'll be decomposing because you'll most likely be dead.
According to Mr Tong, fat women are failures and every woman longs to be a size zero. Happiness is a size zero. What? Like Nicole Ritchie, who single-handedly does more for the US rehab industry than any other person but never mind, she's a size zero you know!
Some of his more 'sage' tweets include
Thankful for this global opportunity to help girls all over the world know that to be skinny is to be perfect & to be fat is unacceptable.
Hope my size zero & managed anorexia message gets global; thin people too busy being successful whilst the fat hate and just ate.
As readers will know, I'm no fan of slebs, but in this case they get the thumbs up. Stars as diverse as Rihanna (who Mr Tong suggested might benefit from his Size Zero pills), Aggro Santos and Rochelle Wiseman of The Saturdays have heavily criticised him. Mr Drongo contacted Simon Cowell to join his Size Zero campaign, probably reasoning that as he'd employed the emaciated Mrs David Beckham (who's weight is a barometer of the state of her marriage) as a guest judge on American Idol. Simon Cowell responded "Twitter has a new village idiot. In fact he doesn't even deserve the village. He's an idiot.". Crashed and burned, Mr Tong! Curiously Mrs B is reported to have refused to use size zero models in her fashion shows while looking like this......
In reply to a former anorexic who criticised his beliefs, the slimy Mr Tong replied "I read you essay. Well done on your desire to be size zero but had your anorexia been managed you'd have been fine". I mean what a total.... a total.... I really can't find a word that does my feeling of disgust for Mr Tong justice. Well done on your mental illness, boy, he's something else!
Mr Tong tells us that 'managed anorexia is a lifestyle, not a diet'. WRONG, Mr Tong, anorexia is a mental illness.
One of my neighbours as a child was anorexic. I shall never forget her constantly bleeding heels and the metal cage she had to sleep under as just the weight of the blankets rubbed her bones through her skin. Nor her death at the age of 32 leaving three young children without their mother. One of my schoolmates developed anorexia after a very traumatic childhood. I shall never forget the weekly letters she sent to the class during the six months that she was confined to a mental hospital - this was long before the days of specialist food disorder units - and her irrepresible humour in the face of her hideous surroundings, nor when she was finally allowed back to school and was still so thin and weak that she could barely walk. This is the reality of anorexia.
Isabelle Caro is the reality of anorexia. This is what it did to her.
French model Isabelle Caro before
she lost her battle with anorexia
And when she appeared in an ad
campaign following the death of an Italian model
This is what size zero looks like. Size zero is the average waist size of an 8 year old
|Nicole Ritchie - looks happy doesn't she!|
|Size Zero model - shame on the fashion industry|
Who do you think is most beautiful?
As the mother of a teenage daughter, I am more than aware of the constant diet of sleb mags who, while claiming to support the drive to make girls happy with their body shape regardless, still run pieces on X's cellulite and 'OMG look how much weight Y has put on! There is constant pressure on young girls to conform to an unrealistic body shape.
The Girl is just 13 and pushing 5'8. She takes after my mother who had a body like Rita Hayworth, full bust, nipped in waist, curvy hips. In years to come she'll realise just how lucky she is to have a body like this, topped off with almost waist length blonde hair and blue eyes. I think she's beautiful. At 13 she would rather be 5 foot, flat chested and a stick insect like most of her friends. She's too intelligent to want to be like the girl singers she loves but at the same time, as an adolescent who towers over her classmates, all she wants is a bit less of everything.
I watch her constantly for any signs that she may be tending towards reducing her food intake. Recently, she started leaving half the food on her plate and skipping meals. During the chaos of the run up to Christmas it went unnoticed until my mother picked up on it. It's no cause for concern just yet but we are keeping an eye on it. But that's how easily it can creep up on you and the likes of the vile Mr Tong just feed into it. She's lucky, she has a close, loving family and parents who keep an eye on her but supposing she didn't. Suppose she had parents who worked full time and who weren't around for meal times, or who just didn't care? How easily will young girls get sucked into his revolting size zero world? Isn't there enough pressure on young girls today without an ignorant, self-seeking, poor excuse for a human being like him offering them dangerous, possibly fatal drugs with the promise of dropping 3 dress sizes in 3 weeks. This is weight, incidentally, that will go straight back on once you stop taking the pills.
On the one hand, I was loathe to give any further publicity to this pathetic, mysogynistic little man, a man who apparently tweets photos of his restaurant bills and details of his sexual conquests, but on the other hand, I'm rather hoping that Mr Tong's desire for self-publicity might seriously backfire when he finds that he is the most loathed man on the planet.
Kenneth Tong... what a tosser!
UPDATE: The stupid little weasel has now announced that it was all a hoax to see if he could become a global talking point within a week by harnessing the power of Twitter. It was, in his words, 'a scientific survey'. Well, that makes it alright then doesn't it? Well no, not really. There is nothing big or clever about using mental illness to further his own deluded idea of his own importance. Nor is there anything 'scientific' about it. My own personal feeling is that he suddenly found being the biggest pillock in the Northern Hemisphere was a pretty lonely place so he backed down. It's easy to become a talking point by saying something disgusting and outrageous, by making fun of mental illness and by targetting an issue that is very sensitive to many young girls. More difficult would have been to have garnered the same amount of publicity by saying something intelligent. As I said before, Kenneth Tong... what a tosser!