Fuck Belle Gibson And The Enablers She Rode In On

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“Wellness Guru” Belle Gibson lied about having terminal brain cancer and made a killing peddling bogus cures. At Boing Boing, Xeni Jardin excoriates Gibson and “the culture of magical thinking and hero idolization that built her myth into a profitable business, ignoring decades of real science, and placing vulnerable people with cancer at real risk of death.”


Writes Jardin, a cancer patient herself:

The 23-year-old Australian bullshitted the entire world about having terminal brain cancer, and profited from her completely fictional story via her “natural wellness” app, The Whole Pantry. On her blog, she claims she cured her terminal brain cancer by avoiding gluten and sugar. Shocking, I know, but: this is not how cancer works. You know what stopped the progression of my cancer? Chemo (derived from exotic plants and fungi, for real!), surgery, drugs, and a shitload of all-natural radiation, delivered via a linear particle accelerator that is even more powerful than my beloved kale juicer.


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She belongs in a cage. She’s not crazy. She’s a casually cruel, supremely cynical and self-absorbed crook. If her grift wasn’t cancer, it might have been identity theft, or check fraud or blackmail. She is a professional criminal; this was merely her crime of choice. It worked for Lance Armstrong, and for a while it worked for her. Both got cocky, both got caught, both now deserve exile from law-abiding society.

The “cancer hero” myth isn’t the only one that needs to be cast away from all discussion. Gibson’s attempted to re-cast herself as the stricken but brave innocent grappling with some other disease she can exploit to make a buck also needs to be struck down for the bullshit it clearly is. She’s also a prime example of the need to dispose of the threadbare “redemption arc” allowing legions of narcissistic bastards to rampage over all laws and decency without remorse or lasting, teaching consequences.

Don’t let this girl -or her ilk- dupe you into bestowing forgiveness they would never deign to want!