Naomi Long: Alliance leader hits back at writer who criticised her weight

Naomi Lengthy has publicly criticised Jude Collins after the media commentator made unwarranted feedback about her weight.

Over the weekend, Mr Collins wrote a weblog put up after seeing the Northern Eire politician on TV, by which he wrote: “Naomi’s weight drawback – I’m assuming it’s a medical situation – is what hits you between the eyes when she comes on TV,” the Belfast Telegraph reported.

Mr Collins additionally wrote on his weblog that he had “little doubt that it’s a worrying factor for her” – which prompted Ms Lengthy, who’s chief of the Northern Eire Alliance, to answer the commentator.


In a Fb post, the politician started by writing: “This can be the one and solely time I ever share something written by Jude Collins, and it isn’t to reward it.”

“That my ‘weight drawback’ is the very first thing to hit him between the eyes once I’m on TV is proof not of my weight, however his drawback,” Ms Lengthy wrote. “I wasn’t conscious Jude was both invested sufficient in my well being to care or medically certified sufficient to remark: nevertheless, I’m completely sure he doesn’t know me or what considerations me in any respect, and has no proper to take a position.”

The politician, whose get together holds eight seats within the Northern Eire Meeting, then mentioned Mr Collins’ feedback have been an indication of his “misogyny in addition to his lack of manners” – as he has by no means made comparable feedback concerning look of male colleagues or opponents.

Lengthy concluded her put up reminding her followers: “It’s not these of us with massive our bodies however these with small minds that are essentially the most damaging power.”

The Northern Eire politician was joined by others on social media who referred to as out Mr Collins for his feedback, which many deemed “fat shaming”.

“Jude Collins actually is a shame and the bottom of the low,” one particular person wrote on Twitter. “No one must be topic to feedback about their weight, seems to be, or look in relation to politics.”

The backlash prompted Mr Collins to apologise and take away his put up.

In a blog post Monday, the columnist mentioned a “multitude of individuals” had advised him “how obnoxious” his feedback have been, and that after wanting again at his weblog put up, he may “see that what I wrote may effectively have been hurtful to Naomi”.


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Mr Collins additionally mentioned he had eliminated the offensive paragraph and has “no hesitation in apologising to the Alliance get together chief for my crassness and any harm this will likely have brought about her.

“I hope she’s going to settle for that apology,” he wrote.

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