Ben Fogle has revealed that he received cruel messages from trolls after posting about receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
The TV presenter, 47, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared a photo of himself getting the shot, admitting he hates needles and passed out the last time he got an injection.
Ben later shared a screenshot of a message he received from someone who said they were “disgusted” by the fact that he “preached to others” about the vaccine.
Hurtful: Ben Fogle Reveals He Received Cruel Messages From Trolls After Posting About Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine
The person wrote, “ I absolutely disgust that you preach to others and quote a vaccine passport in your recent post, plus have a side note about people who don’t want to be vaccinated.
May I remind you that the general British public still has discretion and comments like yours[s] feed the fire that causes a chasm.
Shame on you, if you decide on a vasectomy, we can also rely on a photo on Instagram, [so] you can find the pros of that too, you f ***** gk ****** d ‘.
Ben shared the message on his Instagram, writing a passionate post noting that he “ cannot please all people ” and pointing out the work he has done in the past on anti-malarial campaigns and pneumonia vaccines.
Vaccine: The TV presenter, 47, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared a photo of himself getting the shot, admitting he hates needles and the last time he got an injection he passed out
Post: Ben later shared a screenshot of a message he received from someone who said they were ‘disgusted’ by ‘preaching to others’ about the vaccine
He wrote: ‘I got A LOT of it from my last post. Instagram is a little window on me, not the ‘me’ you want to see, but the ‘real’ me. The me me. That is the beauty of Social Media. Warts and all. I just share things. I try to do that in a measured way.
‘I don’t think I like marmite, you should like it too. Just because I have a vaccine doesn’t mean you have to have one too. Freedom of speech goes both ways and I understand that I cannot please all people all the time, but remember you are following me.
‘I am not forcing you. All my decisions are based on 47 years of experience. I participated in anti-malaria campaigns and promoted pneumonia and flu vaccines after contracting pneumonia.
‘I have made films about neglected diseases after I contracted Leishmaniasis, from which thousands of people die every year. Vaccination is based on my own researched opinion (under the guidance of 4 doctors in my family) and I must also respect the people and remote communities I spend time with. ‘
Response: Ben noted that he ‘can’t please all people’ and pointed to past work on anti-malarial campaigns and pneumonia vaccines
Ben said he always takes the flu vaccine as a precautionary measure for those he interacts with, adding that people should not let the “ anger of polarized opinion ” influence people’s judgment.
He wrote: “It would be inappropriate, like me, to spend time with vulnerable, isolated people without a vaccine. I’ve always taken the flu vaccine, not as a precaution for me, but for others)
“ I get a lot of messages from very evil people who are upset about a product I endorse or a children’s book I wrote (yes, really) I was expelled from Twitter for my own mental well-being after my daughter and I received death threats for daring to suggest that we sing happy birthday to the queen.
‘I hope Instagram doesn’t fall on the same level. Freedom of expression and opinion is an essential part of our democratic freedom, but we must not allow the anger of polarized opinions to cloud our judgment into fair debate. This is me. Take me or leave me.
Adventurer: Ben has climbed Mount Everest, traversed the Sahara and followed the wildebeest migration through Africa. He wrote about how lucky the developed world is to have access to the vaccine (pictured with wife Marina and children Iona, 10 and Ludovic, 11)
‘I try to maintain a positive, inspiring atmosphere here, always in the spirit of who I am. If you blow out someone else’s candle, yours won’t glow any brighter. Love and peace.’
When he got the vaccine, Ben said he didn’t pass out for the Covid-19 shot this time, adding, ‘This is another one added to my vaccine passport.’
The presenter has climbed Mount Everest, crossed the Sahara and followed the migration of wildebeest through Africa.
He wrote about the good fortune that the developed world has access to the vaccine, saying: ‘I haven’t heard Bill Gates talking to me in my head yet (which if you think positively about it would be like a free version of Microsoft Windows)’.
Love, Peace and Hope Ps. I was not paid for this and I had mine early because my young daughter has epilepsy and we are her caretakers’.
Ben wrote: ‘Freedom of speech goes both ways and I understand that I cannot always please all people, but remember to follow me’