Dear Richard Clune, Sunday Telegraph: Why Be So Cruel?

Dear Richard!

I was disappointed reading your Television page in today’s Sunday Telegraph. I have always enjoyed reading your column but was saddened to read you referring to Big, Beautiful & Sexy celebrities as “FAT, sorry, cuddly celebrities “and “Teletubbies”.

I know that journalism is all about headlines and getting the public’s attention (you certainly got mine), but why be so cruel?

Calling people “FAT” or “Teletubbies” is really uncool and are derogatory terms used by many children while bullying others in schools. Do you not have a social conscience?

As a Big, Beautiful & Sexy woman, I have been on the receiving end of my fair share of fat jokes and they hurt. There are many kids out there who suffer from being bullied because of their weight or appearance. I was one of them!  I have been fortunate enough to travel across Australia delivering self-image presentations and have witnessed firsthand what fat jokes can do to a young person’s self esteem. Many of these kids withdraw from their family and friends and often think about suicide. It brings me to tears just thinking about it.

Now do I have YOUR attention?!?!

I don’t think anyone (whether celebrity or not) should be called derogatory terms because of their weight or physical appearance.

People who appear on programs about weight-loss are doing something to better their life. They also inspire others.

Although it is very important to lead a healthy life style, life sometimes gets in the way. It takes a lot of will-power and self-determination to get life back on track.

I admire every single celebrity who will be appearing on Excess Baggage. It takes a lot of courage to shed weight and confront demons while being watched by millions in their lounge rooms.

Shouldn’t we encourage rather than discourage?

It took me nearly 7 years to overcome the pain post-Australian Idol to have the confidence to not care what people think or say about me.  I hope your taunts do not discourage the celebrities who have agreed to participate in the show in fear of being on the receiving end of fat jokes.  I also hope your column does not send out the wrong message to young Australia’s about calling people FAT.

Big, Beautiful & Sexy is not about promoting obesity or an unhealthy life style. It is an ethos I have adopted to encourage people to be comfortable in their own skin. It helped me through my dark days so I hope it can help others as well. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman; gay or straight; or if you vote labour or liberal. Big, Beautiful & Sexy is about being positive and proud of whom you are.  Once you acknowledge that, your world opens up. You will then take in your stride a Big personality, Beautiful heart and Sexy soul.

Once you are happy in your own skin, it can be a beautiful thing.

I hope when I read your page next weekend, I can call you Big, Beautiful & Sexy Richard Clune.

I am Big, Beautiful & Sexy and proud of it!

Casey Donovan xoxo

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12 Comments

  1. If you could hear me applauding through the computer, that is what you would be hearing.

    So well written, so well said.

    Congratulations Casey on having your convictions and standing behind them.

    A fan, then (Idol) and now

    Karen

  2. Well said Casey. I’ve been a fan of yours since you won Idol, Being A bigger person myself I love the message you get out to young people about being happy in your own skin. You go girl and keep on being an inspiration to all bigger people that they too can live their dreams.

    1. Thank you for being the spokesperson for us who cant get it out there I love what you said and agree with every word I still hide from the world as I cant get out there like you but with those word I will try thanks so much keep singing up a strom you are great

      Jenny

  3. I totally agree Casey have been big for most of my life due to being molestered at 11years, People just don’t understand that we don’t choose to be this big but we live with it. There is always a reason behind the largeness of someone, sometimes it can be simple things as education in healthy living or a trauma that happened in someones life and even their genes. Who cares how big or small or fat or skinny etc. They are not hurting you so let them be and get to know the person before you judge, just maybe you might find they are a kind loving person and just maybe end up being one of your best friends…………..Very proud of you Casey for letting people like Richard Clune know we are people too who just want to be accepted in life for who and what we are, not what they want us to be…………………….your faithfully, God Bless you Casey. Love Vikki Sherman…..xxx

  4. Its a sad thought that a person doesnt understand what u are saying until they reach a certain age. Unfortunately for Richard Clune, he never made that maturity level. To measure someones worth by the outside layer is pitiful. True beauty comes from ones heart. True beauty should be measured by ones kindness, patience, actions and compassion. The rest is a bonus but in no way an assett. It is People like Richard Clune that condone bullying and provoke it by publishing such garbage. Beauty goes much deeper than the skin Mr Clune and much deeper than your SHALLOW mind!
    Casey, you are a dream. gorgeous heart and soul and a smile to warm the coldest days. xx

  5. Casey the guy is a wanker !!! Some people just don’t think …. let’s put him in a fat suit and share what it can be like for people with a weight problem and the stigma attached to being over weight.
    It’s hard enough to put yourself out their as a celebrity without boofheads like you making those types of comments.

  6. Bravo Casey, Bravo! What is it about people that makes them think they can pass judgment on others through their words without caring about the consequences? For them it is throw away lines in an attempt to grab attention, or worse, a laugh. For the people those words are aimed at, it is like a blow to the head, and heart.

    I applaud you for your Big Beautiful and Sexy stance and the message that you are trying to get out to our community – both young and old. Beauty radiates from you because you no longer allow these mindless, thoughtless fools words get to you and you are prepared to back up your arguments!

    You Rock!

  7. I guess he didn’t like being called out, the report now says “anonymous reporters” instead of his name.

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