Kirstie Allsopp sparks Twitter row after saying Covid has ‘revealed gutlessness’ in people

Kirstie Allsopp admits she doesn't like 'mean' reputation

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Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp, 50, has been criticised for saying that she thinks the Covid pandemic “has definitely revealed a mealy-mouthed gutlessness in people”.

When the quote from a recent interview was posted on Twitter without context, many people responded accusing Kirstie of being tone-deaf after so many families have suffered during the pandemic.

Children’s author Michael Rosen replied to the article, saying: “Sorry Kirstie. I admit, when I was told that I had been in a coma for 40 days I did wobble a little. I should have pulled myself together. Apologies.”

The We Are Going On A Bear Hunt writer was put in an induced coma after contracting the virus last year.

Over a year later, Michael said he was still suffering from Long Covid and has experienced symptoms including dizziness, trouble hearing and vertigo, which he told PA could have been a “consequence of Covid or the coma, or both”.

Kirstie responded to Michael directly and urged him to read the whole article so that he could see what she was trying to say in the correct context.

She tweeted in view of her 425,000 followers: “If you had read the piece, not just a headline in a tweet, you would recognise I was talking not about Covid itself, but about honesty of opinion, especially with regard to protecting children in this pandemic.

“I am sad that you, of all people, descended to sarcastic Twitter trolling.”

Kirstie, who actually had Covid when she did part of the interview, made the comment while saying she thinks it is “bizarre” some public figures have remained silent over issues surrounding the pandemic.

She told The Telegraph Magazine:Covid has definitely revealed a mealy-mouthed gutlessness in people.

“I’m not expecting everyone to stick their head above the parapet, but there are famous people with kids in school who could have said something.

“There’s no getting away from the really dreadful effect all this has had on the mental health of young people and the isolation impact on the elderly.”

Michael responded to Kirstie saying that he was unable to find the entire article and asked: “Shouldn’t we be cautious about calling people in this crisis ‘mealy-mouthed’ and ‘gutless’ – for whatever reason? (I wasn’t ‘trolling’. I was replying).”

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Among the sea of comments, Chris Speakman wrote: “It has been a tough couple of years in the Covid [High Dependency Unit], but at least I have *checks notes* Kirstie Allsopp to tell me how to feel about it all.”

A user named Catherine Tate added: “I’ve had long covid for 20 months, life as I knew it has been destroyed.  Am I gutless and mealy-mouthed too?”

Chris Binnie wrote: “People are inevitably going to make judgements based on the tweet/headline given that the piece itself is behind a paywall…For what it’s worth, the tweet certainly lends itself very readily to Michael Rosen’s interpretation.”

Some users did agree with Kirstie. Former UKIP politician, Suzanne Evans, said: “Ain’t this the truth. Well said @KirstieMAllsopp.”

A Twitter account for SCIS Risk Management echoed: “This is a very accurate statement.

“People are afraid of everything but especially when it comes to making decisions and taking personal responsibility. And we are a weak and dangerous society because of that inability.”

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