Editor's Letter

Katherine Jenkins takes on Jan Moir – and wins.

Just what is wrong with Jan Moir (other than she writes for the Daily Mail)?

She clearly has an issue with other woman (and let’s not get started on the views she expressed after Stephen Gately died). Her latest victim
was Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins as called her ‘fame hungry’ and ‘vain’ just hours after she completed the London Marathon.

Katherine Jenkins took part in Sunday’s marathon and managed to complete the course in 5 hours and 26 seconds (we reckon that’s five hours and 26 seconds than Moir would be able to manage). She ran in memory of her father who died of cancer in 1996 and raised money for the Macmillian trust who nursed her father during that time. So all in all, she was doing some good.

However, that wasn’t good enough for Jan, who spends her days writing hate filled nonsense. In her latest excuse for a column she wrote:

“She had lashings of pink lip gloss, sooty false eyelashes and sweeping, coal black eyeliner. Not to mention a perfect silvery manicure, those ever-tanned limbs, her blonde hair pulled back into an immaculate ponytail and raisin-sized diamonds in her ears.

At points during the race she would pop on a pair of £200 Prada sunglasses just to add to her athletic mystique. Perhaps the only miracle was that she didn’t run backwards, in high heels, while singing the Welsh national anthem at the top of her voice.”

Jan also criticized Katherine for tweeting about the event (much like the majority of other runners who took part on Sunday – you know, what with it being such a massive achievement).

But Jenkins isn’t taking this lying down…tweeting from her account @kathjenkins she sent this message to the journalist masquerading as a nasty school bully…

“Jan (Moir), I wish you love and happiness in your life. I adore and support other women and I only wish you could do the same. I ran on Sunday in memory of my father and to raise money (£25,000) for an excellent charity (@macmillancancer) who helped him when he was dying.
“Yes, I twittered about it but I did so to share my progress and day with those kind people on Twitter who had supported and sponsored me.

“I ran in sunglasses because it was sunny. I tied my hair back in a ponytail because I expected to sweat.”

“As if you had some insider knowledge, you wrote I was wearing eye shadow, eye liner and lip gloss. Wrong again – none of the above – I had Vaseline on my lips, handed to us by St Johns Ambulance on our way round the route.

“You can knock me all you like but you cannot take away from me what I know I accomplished last weekend. Next time you run a marathon Jan, I will be the first to sponsor you, because I know how much guts, hard work and determination it takes.”

Well done Kath! A dignified response to a green eyed monster.


Image via HuffPost

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Written by Rachael

As well as being Editor here at The Spin Alley, Rachael is also a freelance journalist and blogger covering lifestyle, travel, culture, entertainment, media and online life for online and print publications.

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