Michelle Thomas: Tinder, Click-Bait & Stupid Fake Journalism

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Nobody appears to care about fact checking anymore. We live in a world of appalling click-bait rubbish and now obvious nonsense is getting picked up by the UK nationals and run with all the way to Australia…

Hey, sorry darling, been stupidly busy at work,

Thanks for a fabulous evening last night. Your company was brilliant – you’re witty, fun and just the sort of man I would love to go out with if only my woman’s body was up to it – but unfortunately it isn’t

No crap here, you’re a gorgeous fellow: I love your style, dress sense and marvellous humour. But I just don’t get turned on by blonde men, however hard I try.

It’s not your fault you’re blonde, or that it instantly makes me think of Nazi SS guards. But physical honesty is all about letting go… and I could never do that with a man who made me think of the Third Reich. I’d always want you brunette with less cold-blue (and only in my mind) Jew-murdering-eyes.

Do you believe, even for a millisecond, this could be a real message sent after a single Tinder date?

That is only a slight tweak on what Michelle Thomas published last week. And her ‘fat shaming’ blog – based on an unverifiable note from a man she met on Tinder – and her supposed response, has received furious media attention from around the world…

So, although I am hugely attracted to your brain, your trim build, your excellent personality (and I can’t stress how much…I really, really am), I can’t say the same about your Aryan hair and features. And so we can flirt and have some incredible fun together – but it would only be dishonest – I know this would never go any further.

I’m very disappointed with myself because I’ve genuinely not felt this way about anyone in ages, but I’m trying to be honest with you without sounding like a complete bitch. I’m also trying not to be selfish. We could be amazing friends, we could flirt and joke and adore each other and…. f*** me… I would love to marry you – if you only had darker hair –because you’re totally unique and fabulous.

But I guess what I’m trying to say is that I want to avoid bigger pain in the future by telling you now so we don’t have to go through that embarrassment. I’m a woman… and I’m sure of my own body and its needs.

Please try and forgive me. I adore you xx

When an Australian news channel asked Michelle Thomas for her views on the authenticity- naysayers, she said: “I’m a child of the internet and I’d be cynical as well. And people have pointed out I’m crowd funding for a book at the moment and I have been for a while. You can follow me on one pound stories on Twitter for more information on it.”

So, a big fat plug then?

“But I know this happened, and to be honest, the people I know, the people who matter to me the most, they know that.”

“The people who are focusing on whether or not this is true are focusing on the wrong issue. I would invite those people to go on my blog, look at the comments underneath, go on my Instagram account, look at the comments and the pictures that are on there… these are the stories that need to be heard this is the important issue…”

And an impressive second plug…

Thomas is extremely media savvy and knows exactly how to handle journalists. Yet as she explains on her original blog – one post down and one prior to the Tinder piece – she has been pushing her own creative ideas for her entire adult life. In fact, she has been collecting them all in a carrier bag, on cards and scraps of paper, for about a decade. One jotted note forms the basis for the book she is plugging on Crowdfunding site, Unbound.  This feels like it could be a second, pulled right out of the same bag.

In the Independent last Summer Thomas detailed her entire creative journey through a variety of ill-paid jobs, which leached her time, and didn’t leave room for her own personal endeavours.  There was a lot of emphasis placed on the conflict between interest and status.

And there is nothing wrong with any of this – fair play to Thomas for the continued effort. And it is certainly impressive that she has hit on an idea that worked so well. The only issue with this is, however ‘zeitgeisty’ the topic may be, the delivery does smell very strongly of self-advertising – not journalism or genuine grassroots campaigning – and probably shouldn’t be given so much airtime by serious publications.

Originally published on Searchlight Magazine Arts…

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