Daisy May Cooper reacts to ‘offensive comment’ backlash over weight loss pic
Daisy May Cooper is the creator and star of This Country with her brother Charlie (Image: BBC)
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Daisy May Cooper has apologised to fans after quickly backtracking on an offensive Instagram post.
The 34-year-old This Country star had shared a couple of selfies of her as she celebrated her post-baby weight loss but she added that she looked like a "midget", which has infuriated legions of her fans.
Daisy took the mirror selfie on Sunday as she showed off the results of her keto diet which helped her back to shape after welcoming her second son in September.
She quickly responded though, after it came clear that the use of the offensive word had upset many people and she admitted in her apology: "I should know better".
Daisy May Cooper has apologised to fans for calling herself a 'midget' in a now-deleted weight loss post shared to Instagram on Sunday.
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In a separate post on her Instagram Story on Monday, Daisy wrote: "I'm extremely sorry. Thankyou so much to everyone who called me out on it. Love you all."
The Little People of America Charity described the word midget as something "created as a label used to refer to people of short stature who were on public display for curiosity and sport".
The charity also says: "Today, the word 'midget' is considered a derogatory slur."
Actor Warwick Davis, who has starred in the Star Wars films as well as Harry Potter, once explained on Twitter how the word is offensive.
He tweeted: "The use of the word ‘midget’ is not appropriate and is considered very offensive if targeted at someone with dwarfism. Its use is best avoided in all circumstance."
Daisy May Cooper's apology
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The NHS explains that dwarfism is a condition characterised by unusually short height.
This could also mean that they have other other physical problems, such as bowed legs or an unusually curved spine.
Daisy had written that her keto diet was working well and that she was "shocked at how quickly weight is dropping off."
She then continued to write: "Forgive the s***e mirrors and grey bra and the fact im not standing in the same position so I look like a midget on the right…
"And don't panic… im not going to be promoting any s**t weightloss dvds or products.
"Pic on the right taken 1st of Jan. Be grateful for any keto tips, only diet I've ever really enjoyed." (sic)
Daisy married her long-term partner Will Weston in 2019 and they have two children, a daughter named Pip and son called Jack.
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