Monday 11 December 2017

George Hook: Fat-shaming is for our own good

The nation did not understand his wife when she appeared on TV with him, but George Hook loves her candour in a world where we shame truth-tellers

George Hook
George Hook

Most people's first impressions of Ingrid Hook are unflattering, to say the least. I am well accustomed to the abrupt nature of my wife's personality after over 40 years of marriage, but I still smile at the reaction her forthright mannerisms sometimes bring out on a first encounter.

Ingrid has generally avoided the media spotlight during my television and radio career, but I persuaded her to join me on a TV appearance with Ray D'Arcy earlier this year.

The reaction on social media afterwards was not universally complimentary, as some viewers were bemused and put off by her demeanour and interaction with yours truly. I knew exactly what I was in for when I asked her to join me, but, for many people, Ingrid came across as a bit cold and uncaring. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ireland has been home for Ingrid for almost half a century, but she isn't Irish. Born in Austria, and raised in Germany, Ingrid, to this day, is a product of her heritage and upbringing.

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