Holly Willoughby had Dancing On Ice viewers hot under the collar this week, while Susanna Reid got a few of the breakfast TV audience choking on their toast.
What had they done which was so remarkable? They flashed a little flesh – dividing opinions as they did so. While many said both women looked fantastic, others thought the outfits inappropriate, some even complaining to Ofcom about 39-year-old Holly.
Yesterday in response Susanna, 50, even joked on Good Morning Britain: “I’m fully covered up!”.
Sadly, they’re far from the first women to face criticism for the way they dress.
Strictly’s Shirley Ballas and Save Our Summer’s Maya Jama had their own cleavage-gates, not to mention Britain’s Got Talent’s Amanda Holden whose chest is an annual subject of controversy for some.
Here, two writers debate whether it matters if female stars get ‘em out or if they should hide them away:
by Polly Hudson
As human beings we’ve made technological leaps no-one would have imagined, evolved further than our ancestors could have dreamt and achieved miracles previously considered impossible.
And yet, in 2021, some of us cannot cope with seeing the corner of a boob.
If the complaints made to Ofcom about Holly Willoughby’s Dancing On Ice dress were taken by a person, rather than a machine, the temptation to scream “GROW UP” before slamming the phone down must have been immense.
The next day, it was Susanna Reid getting flack for her rack.
The one piece of breaking news she’s guaranteed never to have had to announce is that women have breasts. Everyone knows that.
So why go so crazy over a bit of cleavage?
One argument appears to be that Susanna’s dress wasn’t appropriate for breakfast, and Holly’s wasn’t for teatime. Therefore, are we to assume that there’s a specific window – somewhere around noon, perhaps – when it’s fine?
A magical time, not too early, not too late, but just right, to show their Goldilumps? Sorry – to show the vaguest edge of their Goldilumps.
Maya Jama, another woman who has been unfairly criticised, said, “I am able and allowed to dress how I please. If you feel uncomfortable by my boobs sitting in my dress that’s on you.”
In summary: there’s an awful lot to be upset about in the world at the moment. None of it is what some women have chosen to wear. Grow up.
by Siobhan McNally
There were three big boobies on GMB at 6.43am the other morning interviewing Priti Patel, and only one of them regularly makes a bit of a t*t of himself on telly.
The other two belonged to Susanna Reid – a woman of substance, intellect, education and a limitless wardrobe.
Certainly one that could have stretched to a few more centimetres of fabric to cover her exposed chest. But all of the TV journalist’s accomplishments have been forgotten because we’re talking about her knockers.
And no, I don’t mean Piers again.
If we truly want equality, then a heaving bosom has no place in the workplace, especially for women in the public eye like Susanna. Not least of all, because her GMB co-presenter could start demanding the right to flaunt his cleavage first thing in the morning – and then there’ll be two cracks at dawn.
Also attempting to give BGT’s Amanda Holden a run for her money in the most number of complaints made to Ofcom about a pre-watershed rack, Holly Willough-booby got an icy reception from Dancing on Ice viewers on Sunday when she revealed her barely-covered boleros.
Rather than pull off a magical fairytale look, Holly’s plunging neckline ruined the romance, and told us ladies that no matter how many As we achieve in life, our two best assets will always be DDs.
Saying that, you could have made several frocks for Amanda out of Holly’s feathered gown, and still had material left over…
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