Samantha Brick defends herself against vitriolic internet storm on This Mor
Samantha Brick today appeared on ITV's This Morning to defend herself against the extraordinary internet storm provoked by the article she wrote claiming women hate her because she is beautiful.
Talking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford - who trailed Samantha's appearance heavily throughout the morning's show, telling readers they would 'soon see her in the flesh' - Samantha was grilled on her view that she was too beautiful to be liked - and that women do not like attractive women.
Eamonn demanded 41-year-old writer Samantha admit that she was 'very good looking', forcing her to concur.
'You do believe you are very good looking?' he asked.
'It’s not that I believe it – I believe the perception of it, and the perception of how men approach women,' she replied.
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Defiant: Do I think I'm good-looking? Yes I do. Is that a crime?' asked Samantha
Dissatisfied by the response, Eamonn pushed on, asking Samantha to confirm whether or not she thought she was good looking.
'Do I think I’m good looking? Yes I do. Is that a crime?' she finally replied.
'No, it's not,' Eamonn said. 'We're just trying to establish this because so many good looking people don't believe they are good looking, and you do believe.
'I do think what you have to accept is the major amount of women in the British public and elsewhere all over the world have come out and said 'Samantha we don't feel that way."'
'That's not true, that's not the experience that I've had at all,' Samantha argued.
'Women do not like attractive women. I suggested the article after waving at one of my neighbours in France, someone whose boys play at my house, and she totally ignored me.
'It got me thinking about how the Sisterhood attack beautiful women,' Samantha added, much to the chagrain of Ruth Langsford, who confessed she was 'offended' by the statement.
'Neither me nor my friends have any problem with beauty,' she said in response. 'But we do not like arrogance.'
This Morning's psychologist Emma Kenny, who had been brought on to offer comment on the debate, agreed with Ruth, claiming that for her part, she had never encountered animosity because of her looks.
But despite the obvious dsagreement from the two, Samantha remained resolute, refusing to concede that women's instant dislike of her could be linked in any way to her character, or her personality.
'This whole experience has proven my thesis,' she said. 'Women do not like attractive women.
'This is proven by the thousands of vile messages on my personal email account, on Twitter, and on my telephone answer machine.
No regrets: Samantha said on the show that she didn't regret writing the story, insisting women really do hate attractive women
Shocked: Samantha said she was surprised and hurt by the vicious nature of the public's reaction to her story
Grilling: Samantha was questioned on her stance by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford
Asked why people don't hate Cheryl Cole, or Beyonce, for their beauty, Samantha replied that while those women may not have problems with other women, she does - and it's all down to her self-confidence.
'British people are supposed to possess this false modesty that isn't expected in America or Australia,' she said. 'You're supposed to say you look awful if you receive a compliment.
'People mistake self-confidence for arrogance, said Samantha. 'But it's a fact that women are not nice to one another. They all stab each other in the backs in my experience.'
Attack: Both Ruth and resident psychologist Emma Kenny, right, let it be known they disagreed strongly with Samantha's opinion
Disagreeing strongly, Ruth interrupted to suggest that rather than her beauty being the factor that creates instant enemies of other women when she enters a room, perhaps it is actually her arrogance and 'air of superiority'.
'Could it not be because you believe you’re very attractive, and you believe that we are all jealous and all our husbands fancy you, that gives you a certain air of superiority and arrogance?' she asked.
'It’s the fact you say women don’t like you,' Ruth goes on. 'It's telling women how they feel about beautiful women. and they think you're wrong.
'It’s coming out loud and saying "I'm a beautiful women" – it has a certain arrogance.
'It's not that we don’t like beautiful women, it’s that we don’t like arrogant women.'
Unapologetic: Samantha said despite the internet storm, her opinion on the matter remained the same
For their part, viewers contacted the show in their droves, pointing out that Samantha was 'clearly arrogant.'
'She's OK looking, but it's what's inside that counts,' said one.
'It's much nicer to not say you're beautiful,' another said, with Eamonn adding that it was 'better to let others discover your beauty than to tell them about it.'
One viewer said she 'cringed' to hear Samantha, whom she called 'rude and arrogant', talk about how beautiful she is.
'She is offensive to women, her arrogance is staggering,' she railed.
'It's not arrogance, it's confidence,' Samantha reiterated, adding that Gwyneth Paltrow suffers the same plight.
'When Gwyneth Paltrow blogs about her beauty products, the same situation happens to her. She is attacked by other women.'
But one viewer pointed out that the problem was that the original article, published two days ago, was done 'without any humour or self-deprecation.'
Samantha responded that at the time of writing, she thought some of the article was in fact 'tongue-in-cheek' - but admitted that it did not ultimately come across.
She added that while the internet storm had been mostly negative, the emails and personal messages she had received in their thousands since the article appeared had been divided 50/50, with half calling her 'deluded' and 'a nutter', and the rest thanking her for telling the story of their own lives.
'I've had many emails from models who say they've had to develop bullet-proof skin,' she says. 'They thanked me for writing the story.'
Asked what reaction she is expecting following her appearance on the show, Samantha is sanguine.
'I'm lucky that I live in France, in a rural village. The average age is 72. I'll be fine,' she says.
Quite a reaction: Samantha Brick's tell-all piece about how women hate her has sparked a huge reaction around the world
Protective: Samantha says she has had to hide the internet vitriol from husband Pascal for fear he may retaliate
Provocative: Samantha's article inspired much reaction across the web, with record numbers of readers commenting on her story
Hindrance or help? 'Many doors have been opened (literally) as a result of my looks, but just as many have been metaphorically slammed in my face — and usually by by own sex,' Samantha says
Tough: 'It's hard when everyone resents you for your looks. Men think "what's the point, she's out of my league" and don't ask you out. Women don't want to hang out with someone more attractive than they are', she says