British singer and song-writer Jamelia received quite some backlash following her comment on how plus-size clothing should only be sold in specialist stores.
She made the comment during the April 21 episode of the show, Loose Women, where she was quoted saying,
“I think everyone should have access to lovely clothes, but I do not think it’s right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle. It shouldn’t be normalized in high street stores. They should have specialist shops.”
The 34-year-old English singer who is known for her hits ‘So High’ and ‘Thank You’, stated that her comment on the show was merely a suggested solution to the current rise of obesity. She elaborated further that stores should not sell both zero size and plus size clothes in particular. The purpose for this is to dispel the uncomfortable feeling that customers get when seeing clothes that do not fit them.
After what she said, it came as no surprise that the singer faced an intense amount of blacklash on social media, particularly in Twitter.
Jamelia decided to clear things up and explained her side of the story on the shows, Good Morning Britain and Loose Women. While she was a guest in Good Morning Britain, she issued an apology regarding the comment and defended her opinion citing that her comment was only directed to people who are more than a size 20.
She said during the morning show:
“I didn’t make it clear on the show that I was talking about extremes, I was talking about above size 20 and below size six, those sizes being available en masse. Knowing that I offended people really upset me. Knowing that I made people question themselves and their choices, it really did upset me. All I can do is apologize for that.”
She then added:
“I do stand by what I said. I’m a real woman with real opinions. I get paid to voice my opinions.”
The mother of two later appeared on Loose Women and admitted the difficult situation she was in following the anger directed towards her.
“Some of the things that have been printed I have actually said but not in that context… It’s difficult to say your piece or to speak honestly when it kind of gets misconstrued in that way.”
Shortly after her comment mishap she took to Twitter to air her response regarding the controversy she has caused. She tweeted to her 34,000 followers:
“Never waste your time trying to explain, to people committed to misunderstanding you.”