Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford has defended his comments after claiming that a ‘larger’ woman hid her weight from him on a dating app.
The presenters discussed ‘wokefishing’ on the show (people pretending to be more politically engaged than they actually are), with a brief mention of ‘fatfishing’ – the concept that people hide their weight in photos on dating apps.
Alex told a story on the show about a woman who he said hid her weight from him.
‘When their pictures are just from the shoulders up, alarm bells start ringing,’ he said.
Alex added: ‘So I turned up for a date, this was probably about 15 years ago, and she was a lot different, a lot larger than she looked like in her profile picture.’
Ranvir Singh told him: ‘You sound really shallow now!’
He responded: ‘It does sound shallow, but I guess that is what you call “fatfishing”, but I would just rather have known from the get go.’
‘Anyway to cut a long story short, I saw her on Instagram last week and she looked absolutely amazing!’ he added.
Tweeting after the show, Alex defended his story, writing: ‘I think it’s ok to be annoyed if someone misrepresents themselves on their social media platform/dating profile.
‘The filters these days can be so misleading and actually point to a bigger problem – the pressure to look “out of this world”.’
His tweet prompted mixed reactions from viewers, with one writing: ‘It’s absolutely okay! Dishonesty and misleading someone is NEVER ok and certainly NOT fair.’
Another told him: ‘That’s true, but you could have worded it better.. you didn’t come across as a very nice person, though your point was incredibly valid.’
Elsewhere on the show, Ranvir said that a man she had gone on a date with had ‘hatfished’ her, by putting a hat on in photos, before revealing he had a receding hairline.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Good Morning Britain for comment.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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