Osher Günsberg Responds To Daily Mail's Body Shaming Article

2016-09-06 01:01:00Z
Teagan Sydes
Teagan Sydes

My passions involve wine, music, binge-watching Seinfeld and the Simpsons and my fat golden retriever, Mello.

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Yesterday the Daily Mail published an article with photos of 'The Bachelor Australia' host in Bali getting into his wetsuit to enjoy a dive.

The article made various comments referring to his current weight, labelled his body "portly" and went on to refer to previous weight and mental health struggles.

"I got a text from Mia Freeman of Mamamia yesterday saying, 'You've been body shamed. Welcome to what it feels like to be a woman everyday'"

"Now, never once have I ever used my physique as currency," Osher said, "I've never said here's my mad rig ...pay me to have a mad rig! If anything I've been very open with struggles with mental health and weight. This article is nothing short of bullying. If we put that on a notice board at work (of someone), and referred to someone as having a 'Bali belly'- we'd be fired.

It really hurt my feelings.

At the airport when we landed back in Sydney , the look of glee in the photographer's eyes...  It was the same look the bullies had in their eyes back at school..

So, boom I was back there , 12 years old, getting stacked on at the gym."

This morning, Stav from Brisbane’s Stav, Abby & Osher asked Osher what he would say to listeners who may think he should be used to this, as he's in the media spotlight.

"I've never been paid to be the hot guy," he said.  "There's a reason I didn't sing on Idol and a reason I don't have my shirt off on The Bachelor.

Not only is it bullying and it's mean, I mean, it really hurt and it really sucks, it's just bad journalism. So many facts were wrong.

C'mon Jade, it's not that hard... Use Wikipedia."

Listen to the full chat here.

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