Ok I’m weighing in on the whole Belle Gibson debacle! Who is she? Who cares?…I care because people like her are dangerous and we need to learn a big fat lesson from this big fat liar…we MUST!
Belle..such a pretty name for a woman who did the ugliest thing. She lied and stole and deceived people all over the world. She lied so much that she couldn’t escape it and so began the twisted web of deception.
I didn’t know a thing about Belle Gibson before she ‘got found out’, thank god! Let me get you up to speed.
The woman claimed to have cancer, then she claimed she cured herself through food and ‘being mindful’. She collected millions and promised more than $300 000 in donations (but delivered around $7000), Apple flew her to the USA and put her up for a few months while they developed an app ‘ the whole pantry’. There were more than 200 000 downloads of this app in the first MONTH! She had a book deal, lied about her age, lived an affluent lifestyle, drove fancy cars, was courted my media oh…AND NEVER HAD CANCER!
Uhuh…never! She made the whole thing up! Now here’s where I get cranky n pissed off because she claimed she had several cancers and that her brain cancer stemmed from ‘Gardasil’ the cervical cancer vaccine. Umm fact check…did anybody? Then she claimed to have a blood cancer as a ‘secondary’ cancer…WRONG. Then it was in her liver and kidneys, spleen and uterus…how the hell was this woman still walking? Oh yeah…bananas, carrots and coconut water! Oh man, give me strength!
She claimed she had a stroke and 2 heart surgeries but had NO scars. Far out, I wish my 7 surgeries came with a ‘scar free guarantee’. She couldn’t remember the names of her doctors either. Um, hello Miss Gibson I can remember ALL my doctors and most of my nurses names because they saved my freakin life…because I met with them over and over, and still do!
So the little liar duped the public but this is the worst part…allegedly people changed their treatment options because of her and her fat lies. Oh her ‘brand’ will deny it but her social media posts told another story. She claimed to have ‘countless times’ helped people forego conventicle treatment and to treat themselves naturally…even for depression, bone cancer and fertility issues.
But Belle Gibson didn’t accomplish all this alone, someone must have known more.
Well the TV producers who courted her and invited her onto their programmes (into YOUR living room), they SHOULD HAVE KNOWN MORE. They should have asked her the most basic question…”where’s your diagnosis and scans?”. People don’t get diagnosed with cancer without having scans and testing.
I had breast cancer and in the first two weeks alone I had a mammogram, two ultrasounds, core biopsy, body scan, CT scan, blood tests and a mastectomy. I have those tests, the results, the facts n figures and the names of my doctors. Why didn’t these television producers ask for proof?
When you are pedalling a health and wellness message facts count for something.
So I say to the television programmes, app makers, book publishers and PR agents, you are all accountable too. You all have a responsibility to do your homework, especially if you are making money or gains. But even more so when people’s lives are at stake.
Belle Gibson is sick in the mind but she sure as hell doesn’t have cancer…never did, but many out there do.
In fact one in two Aussies will by their 80’s and let me tell you a young woman in her early 20’s with no credentials pedalling a ‘big fat lie’ will not save you. In fact, that dangerous mix just might kill you.
We as a society need to stop getting sucked into messages pedalled by media made celebrities…celebrities are entertainers not doctors. When did we start buying into celebrity bullshit and stop listening to professionals? Google is not the be all of information and treating yourself via doctor Google and unsubstantiated myths pedalled via the Internet is dangerous…it cost Belle a whole lot… but it could cost lives.
We have the power you know, yeah we get to call them on it. We can tune out, turn off and use our voices and type pads and say ‘NO MORE’…stop it! Stop the bullshit, do your homework and report the facts…because one day it might be the life of someone you care about who is influenced by a mad media made celebrity pedalling bullshit.
Til next time,
*I chose not to attach a photo of Belle…she doesn’t deserve it and quite frankly her image makes me sick…ironic hey!