Carol Porter sneers at M.E./CFS sufferers

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bluebottle, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    On UK's 'The Wright Show', Channel Five television, Thurs. Nov 5th at 9.00a.m., Gail Porter decided it would be funny to use her position as a celebrity guest on Channel 5's 'The Wright Show' to sneer at the tens of thousands of people with the neurological illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

    She and host Matthew Wright were talking about people being overweight blaming their glands. Matthew said that it was funny there are no starving people in Africa who have glandular problems. Gail replied it was a bit like the fact that there were no people suffering from ME in Africa either. She then said that no one there says "I can't go to the well, I'm knackered."

    In fact studies have found the incidence of M.E. in Nigeria to be higher than in
    the US. There have been two major recorded outbreaks in South Africa. One, a similar incident to the Royal Free Hospital outbreak in the UK, occurred in
    Durban many thousands of miles away a few months earlier. In common with most
    outbreaks, there were possible connections with polio.

    If you want to complain it's:

    (Gail should be ashamed of herself. I'd swap my 21 years of living hell housebound & in intractable pain with M.E. for her alopecia in a heartbeat.)
  2. 3gs

    3gs New Member





  3. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    No, it doesn't matter where you live - she's been offensive about all of us! I've sent the details to the South Africa M.E. Association.
  4. stschn

    stschn New Member

    As my dear ole Dad would say " consider the source". It sure seems like there are a lot of jerks world wide doesn't it.
  5. Elisa

    Elisa Member

    Dear Ms. Porter,

    Your words rang out in the ME community...

    I can not imagine wanting to cause such suffering amoung people with ME (of which I am one).
    I am so sad that so many in the public eye choose to mock a serious and grave condition.

    I was a youth ambasador to Japan (from the US) as a young girl and now I am bedridden most of the day.
    We are not lazy, we are ill.

    I will pray that you find a way to help us, not hurt us with unkind comments...

    God Bless,

    [This Message was Edited on 11/10/2008]
  6. fibromickster

    fibromickster New Member

    I cut and pasted the url site you put on but it keeps coming back saying spelling is wrong or something. Can you check that, because I do want to post a complaint too.


  7. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    is a 'has been' celebrity who does everything she can, including using her little girl, to be on tv and in the newspapers.

    She is a horrible person.

    I doubt if many people even listen to what she has to say.

  8. Bunchy

    Bunchy New Member

    I always felt sorry for Gail Porter....not anymore.

    How is it that even people with illnesses of their own are so deriding of ME in the UK - I was reading something about Wessley last night and was shocked at his and his peers cruelty and lack of judgement. That man is truly evil.

    I don't get why here in the UK ME is so misunderstoood - if that is the word for it - seems like our friends overseas don't have to put up with all these awful people to deal with on top of the living hell we already have to endure with our DD's.

    I refuse to see any doctors or specialists anymore because of all this - I see or speak to my GP on the phone every month or two to get my prescriptions - that's it.

    What a sad sad situation.

    Love Bunchy x
  9. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    Despite the complaints recieved , there was no apology on today's programme.

    Sorry to those having trouble emailing the Wright Stuff, the page the email address is on is here:

    & the address is:

    Ms Porter can be contacted via her agent:

    UK members can also complain to Ofcom:

    Thanks everyone. I'm with you Bunchy, I annoy my GP because I refuse to attend the CFS centres as I know the stupid GET & CBT make me relapse. As primary treatments for a neurological illness they are a sick joke.
  10. doxygirl

    doxygirl New Member

    I sent a letter!
    I will try to copy and paste it here so you all can be proud of me for advocating our disease!

  11. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    complaints sent.

    A friend of mine with many contacts in m.e. world over here in uk has alerted them and there should be many more complaints going in.

  12. doxygirl

    doxygirl New Member

    Sent: Mon 11/10/08 6:22 PM

    How Dare you belittle and condensend a disease so real and so debilitating as ME...shame, shame, shame, on you!

    Ignorance may be bliss for you, but it is hurtful for those of us who suffer every day of our lives with this dark disease!

    My life has personally been ripped from days are spend in bed with a pain medication regimine just to enable me to make it to the shower and toilet when I need to......

    You should watch what you say and how you say it especially when you have a complete lack of facts!

    Knowledge is power in case you did not know( obviously you did not know this )and if I were you I would visit some of the support boards online for ME and educate yourself to the REALNESS of this life altering disease...

    and ask yourself one ? can it be that MILLIONS of people have the exact same set of symptoms and ailments....MILLIONS that have never met, never talked, DO NOT KNOW EACH OTHER.....all have the same problems and report the same issues and can this be......there is only one answer...


    an ME sufferer!!!!!!

  13. renehicks

    renehicks New Member

    I have had a reply from Channel Five customer services. 'A light hearted way in which SOME people believe.' Gail Porter has no idea what some people believe, It was a Rickie Gervase joke she quoted and he is never light hearted- so please can more e mail and point this out -Rene

    Date: 12th November 2008

    Dear Mrs I Thorpe

    Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding The Wright Stuff.

    We were sorry to learn that you felt comments made by Gail Porter and
    Matthew about Africans not being unable to get M.E. and glandular
    problems were inappropriate and inaccurate. However, after reviewing the
    episode that aired on 6th November we believe you have taken their
    comments out of context. Neither Matthew or Gail actually believe that
    Africans cannot get M.E. or glandular problems. Instead they were merely
    commenting in a light hearted way on how some people do actually believe
    Africans cannot get M.E. or glandular problems. Nevertheless, we are
    sorry if these comments have caused any offence but can assure you none
    was meant.

    Your comments have been logged in our Viewer Enquiries Report, which is
    circulated throughout the company.

    If there is anything further we can help you with, please do not
    hesitate to contact us.

    Thank you for your interest in Five.

    Yours sincerely


  14. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    That reply to you is disgraceful Irene, the programme would not get away with abusing people with e.g. cancer and then fob cancer sufferers with the excuse that it was just a 'light hearted remark'.

    It was not a light hearted remark at all, it was deliberate cruelty.

    Well done Doxygir, brilliant letter.

    I haven't had a reply from anyone & am going to snail mail my complaints.
  15. renehicks

    renehicks New Member

    That was a reply from channel 4 customer services and not the actual Wright show. I thought I would send it to as many places as possible in one hit.

    I have replied saying how many people has Ms Porter serveyed to get that remark as I know it is a Rickie gervais joke and confirms our fears .One quip however lightheated turns into reality in SOME peoples eyes. No joke for the ME suffer there.

    If anybody would like to comment to customer services the e mail is

  16. cressida

    cressida New Member

    How can she make a blanket statement like that about people in Africa? I'm sure that many of the starving people are going in to see their doctors regularly to discuss ways to deal with their pain and that this is all documented through statistics! Of course they're in pain if they're starving and if they're starving it's because they don't have ANYONE to help them, much less diagnose them.

    What she's trying to do is use relativity to say that our pain is nothing by comparison to what they're going through and 'do you see them complaining?' type attitude. Since we can sit at a computer and have food to eat, then either our pain is minimal or not even real and that we should have no complaints. Sorry lady, but it doesn't make someone feel better to remind them that someone else may be feeling worse!

    Perhaps my thoughts shouldn't be so malicious, but when people make comments or statements such as these, I wish my pain on them.
  17. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    I've had this dismissive reply from Channel 5, which but have not heard from the Wright show, Ms Porter's agent or Ofcom:

    "Date: 13th November 2008

    Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding The Wright Stuff.

    We were sorry to learn that you feel Gail Porter made ‘offensive and untrue
    jibes’ about sufferers of myalgic encephalomyelitis recently.

    After reviewing the episode that aired on 6th November we believe you have taken
    their comments completely out of context as Gail does not actually believe that
    Africans cannot get M.E. or glandular problems. Instead she was merely
    commenting in a light hearted way on how some people do actually believe
    Africans cannot get M.E. or glandular problems.

    Nevertheless, we do appreciate the concerns you have raised and would like to
    thank you for taking the time to contact us. Your comments have been logged in
    our Viewer Enquiries Report and will be seen by all relevant Five personnel.

    If there is anything further we can help you with, please do not hesitate to
    contact us.

    Thank you for your interest in Five.

    Yours sincerely


    I've sent this answer:

    "Dear Margaret,

    I am appalled that you dismiss these such an incredibly offensive and untrue remark aimed at chronically ill and disabled people as 'light hearted', instead of offering an on-air apology.

    Can we now expect channel five to air remarks denigrating sufferers of other neurological illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, and justify them by claiming that they were 'light hearted'? What about other serious illnesses such as cancer or heart disease? Where does Channel five draw the line?

    Those of us with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis have simply had enough of disgraceful and non-factual remarks from the media such as the one you dismiss as 'light hearted'."

    [This Message was Edited on 11/13/2008]
  18. renehicks

    renehicks New Member

    same as Steven sent me. They copied his reply

    I sent teh reply to an ME friend with a website he replied

    To: customerservices(at)

    There's no evidence that the dreadfully disabling neurological illness M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelits) is infectious, although there are some families having more than one member with it.

    It is clear, however, that myths about M.E. - "Yuppie flu" and other factually incorrect ones, like there being no people in Africa with it, repeated by Gail Porter (The Wright Stuff, Five.TV, 5 November 2008) - are highly contagious.

    Gail may have caught it from Ricky Gervais, who caught it from Carol Sarler or Julie Burchill, who was infected by Victor Lewis-Smith, to name a few prominent venomous carriers.

    If these people had nothing much in common before, apart from making money out of it - sometimes twice or more over, with repeat fees for the same offensive material - they all make hollow apologies afterwards, which we, who suffer with this awful illness, don't believe they'll keep, any more than they intend to honour it.

    Yours sincerely

    Dr John H Greensmith

    ME Free For All. org
  19. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Mine was along the lines of PWME being the butt of ill informed jokes in the media so was similar to John Greensmiths.

    I do think it's important that we address comments like Gail Porter's because the situation here is so dire for the majority of PWMEs in UK.

    tc, Tansy