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Jason Manford on ‘Trolls and Gary Barlow’
Jason Manford has had his say about 'Trolls and Gary Barlow'
TV comedian Jason Manford has posted a blog in which he defends Gary Barlow, who recently lost his daughter Poppy (she was stillborn), while shaming the internet trolls who attacked his motives for performing at the Olympics Closing ceremony so soon after her death.
On the evening of the Closing ceremony, Manford posted on his Facebook page: "Fair play Gary Barlow. What a superstar. Don't think I could perform after such a tragedy, amazing".
He was stunned when, just a short while later, his post had received thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.
However, he was just as stunned at some of the negative and thoughtless comments that were left on his status update and has since written a heartfelt blog post about Gary Barlow and internet trolls. The term 'Trolls and Gary Barlow' is currently a trending topic on Twitter.
In his post (which you can read in full here) he calls out four members of public who "disappointed" him with their opinions.
"First up is person A... who wrote: 'money first with mr barlow lol.'"
He added: "Now firstly, I suspect that he never actually 'loled' at his own comment since, well it's not funny and secondly it's not factually correct."
He went on to bash the anonymous writer for claiming Gary had chosen to perform at the gig for monetary reasons.
He also called up three other critics who slammed Gary for various reasons, including one who claimed he "hasn't been respectful to them [his family]" and that she'd "never forgive" her husband if he worked just a week after losing a baby.
"What an unbelievably stupid thing to say person B," he wrote.
"As for it being 'disrespectful to his wife' and 'putting his job before his family' again, shut the f*** up. You do not know what goes on behind closed doors. For all you know, Gary could have spent the week sobbing his heart out in his bed, under the duvet and saying to his wife, 'darling, I don't think I can ever perform again' and his wife could quite possibly have said 'Gary, please sing that special song for me and Poppy, it will make us all so proud'.
He added: "Now I don't know either, but for you to presume the worst just because you 'don't like the bloke' or think he's 'completely up himself' is a disgusting trait in a human being."
Gary Barlow performed with Take That at the Olympics Closing ceremony
His profound blog has prompted a social media storm, with Phillip Schofield praising him for his words and support.
"Jason Manford on Trolls and Gary Barlow... Pointing out, that with the genius of social media, come utter gobshites," he posted.
The term 'Trolls and Gary Barlow' has been a trending topic for most of today as people praise the TV star for his words, as well as the continued praise for the Take That star who put his bravest face on for the stunning Olympics Closing ceremony.
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What the f""k is wrong with people these days, it must be drugs, people have become very sick.
My thoghts are with Gary and his family.
I lost two daughters (suicide) and one daughter (accident). just google my name to read my story.
It was so upsetting to read some of the 'sick' comments written by sick, small minded, immature
individuals. People are so stupid. No amount of money will bring baby Poppy back!
Well done Gary Barlow...this poor man was still in shock, and yet it was a brave decision to go ahead with his performance.
and for Poppy.......dance and sing with the angels.....God Bless...
Someone called Anna Key keeps replying to posts with comments about Gary Barlow's tax bill! What is wrong with this person? Does she work for HM Inspector of Taxes?This is not about money - the issue is the tragedy Gary and his wife have suffered in losing their baby daughter and this person shows nothing but gross insensitivity. Im not a Gary Barlow fan but I do feel sympathiy for him and his family and am sure his performance at the Olympics was not easy. Im ashamed to be human when such sick, insular excuses for human beings are lurking out there?
i rarely follow these things but had to reply well done jason manford it was a heartfelt gesture to a fellow human being at one of the most distressing time in their lives.
And as for these trolls they are the scum of this earth, using such a time to vent their idiotic views should be banned from these sites
i listen to gary barlow knowing he was relieving every second of pain he felt while being brave for his wife and family no one understands the pain a father has to suppress to be there as husband and father to three other children only ones who have been in this position could begin to understand
he sang with poppy in his every word and never has that song been sung with more feeling his fellow band members all stood by him while also suffering as families do so pls shut up and look in the mirror if u can and say am a human being so act as one and leave alone things u know nothing about
sorry jason if this became a rant as someone who has been close to a 2 sleeping angels i was cut to the core at the horror of these morons god bless lil poppy and all others born asleep and to all parents remember to talk to one another it will keep u strong xxxxxxxxx
Yeah I can read Wilkpedia too. Barlow took part in the so called K2 scheme, no doubt advised to by his accountants,large sums are paid into an offshore account and he is paid back the minimum wage (£10,800 PA) he gets the rest as a "loan" which he never has to pay back, result he pays as little as 1% tax on his earnings. It's perfectly legal although clearly a loophole which the revenue are trying to close.Yeah to be fair it's a bit of a **** take, although frankly in his shoes I'd probably do exactly the same, given the alternative is paying 50% tax. What on earth that has to do with him and his wife losing a child and the subsequent vile abuse he has received from some "people" is beyond me.
Gary knew that it would mess up the closing ceremony if he pulled out & 'cause he's such an AMAZINGLY CHARITABLE GUY, he gave it his best.
Hopefully it helped take his mind off his personal tragedy.
As for Gary being money orientated, ask the people at Children in Need for whom he raised MILLIONS for.
When he climbed Kilimanjaro with back spasms, requiring hours of physio every day; was that for the money? Cos he didn't get 1 penny, it was all for charity.
He's written some classic songs, he's a decent singer and he's given a lot of time, effort and money to worthy charities.... He's also a good dad... What's not to like?
Jason Mamford has made his mistakes, and paid for them, so is no stranger to criticism and people who know nothing commenting on his life. I thought that the ability to stick up for one another had long gone, so well done for stepping up Jason, knowing the inevitable crap that would follow. You wrote beautifully, and from the heart. I too thought it brave of GB to get up and perform, not letting down the competitors, volunteers, musicians, planners et al. He could not have done it without the support of his family, and who knows how many shades of hell they are already going through. The morons who write first, and don't think at all should be banned, or worst, ignored, for the spite they spew.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, yes! But not the vile diatribe that floats along the ether and finds itself in public domain.
Hats off to Gary, I totally salute the guy for his part in the closing ceremony!
All you trolls should be utterly ashamed of yourselves, you're just overgrown children who never matured in adulthood and kept the playground/teenage pub style nasty banter going past the point of unacceptability, thinking you're all comedians looking constantly for the opportunity to post "funny" one liners on the internet, thinking you're all that! Boy-men, overgrown boys with the emotional control of 3 year olds. You're disgusting and have no honour in any sense, you could all live 10 lifetimes and you'll never be half the man Gary has had to be through these difficult times and hey, I don't even like his music, but I recognise true quality when I see it and the man is just that!
To think in World War 1 and 2, young men had to fight and in some cases give their lives in battle, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near you scumbags in the trenches, you're all true cowards, yellow through and through in every sense of cowardice! And here we are in this day and age with adult children, time to grow up little boys!!!
IM NOT A GARY BARLOW FAN BUT WHEN READ ABOUT HIS DEAD STILL BORN BABY POPPY
IT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE.....WHY ARE THERE SO MANY NASTY,NASTY HORRILE PEOPLE OUT THERE...I WONDER IF THE ONES WHO WROTE THOSE THINGS HAVE CHILDREN.....OR EVER HAD TO FACE A DEATH OF A CHILD...IM SINGLE AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE GO THROUGH....I WISH WE COULD FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE AND PUT THEIR NAMES ALL OVER TWITTER,FACEBOOKS ANEWSPAPERS
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