Video: 'Beautiful' journalist Samantha Brick: 'This bile just proves I'm right'
A journalist who provoked a worldwide internet storm with an article entitled "there are downsides to looking this pretty" has defended her comments, saying: "This bile just proves I’m right".
Samantha Brick, 41, attracted the ridicule of tens of thousands of readers across the world after attempting to explain “why women hate me for being beautiful.”
Her article, which has now been read more than 1.5m times on the Daily Mail, complained her female acquaintances viewed her as a threat because of her "lovely looks" and added they “find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room.”
But, after receiving a flood of vicious comments from readers, she has been forced to defend her words in a second confessional piece.
Brick, a former television producer, said: “The past 24 hours have been, to be blunt, among the most horrendous of my life.
“The response it provoked has been extraordinary in its volume and vitriol, and beyond anything I could have imagined when I first started work at my keyboard.”
Saying she thought the concept was “a taboo that needed shattering”, she admitted she was “fully aware” she was “setting herself up for a fall” but “could never have imagined the fury my piece would spawn.”
She said she has had more than 1,000 “bile-filled” personal emails, in addition to nearly 5,000 comments on the MailOnline website, and thousands more on social networking sites.
Her name was used so many times on Twitter it became a trending topic for most of yesterday, with some commentators joking it must be rhyming slang.
“Erm, am I missing something??” one reader asked. “Is this some new cockney rhyming slang? As in ‘she sounds like a complete Samantha Brick if you ask me’?”
Another concluded: “Please rest assured that I would place you somewhere between ‘plain’ and ‘ordinary’, and would not give you a second glance”.
The Mail’s own website was flooded with outraged readers mocking her “fantasy world” and expressing their own candid feelings about her “tall, slim, blonde” appearance.
One said: “Is it just me, or is this woman actually not nearly as attractive as she thinks she is?”
Another added: “From that article alone, I can think of 15 reasons to dislike Samantha Brick. Her intimidating beauty isn't one of them.”
A third told the newspaper directly: "Sorry, but you have obviously printed the wrong pictures for this article. Could you please amend this immediately and upload the pictures of the beautiful woman this article refers to."
Another said simply: "OMG is this woman for real?"
Dozens of celebrities jumped on the bandwagon, with internet parodies proving particularly popular.