I want my money back. Not for me, and not because it’s a lot of money but for so many more reasons…
A few months ago, over my usual morning coffee, I read a story in the paper about “Melbourne mum” who – despite some immense challenges – was seemingly kicking ass in the life department.
Only 25-years-old, Belle Gibson, was living with inoperable cancer but quite simply refused to accept her diagnosis or be condemned to the horrific life that usually faces those with terminal illness.
Faced with what would bring most of us to our knees, Gibson had instead signed a deal with Apple that would see the health and wellness app she created ‘The Whole Pantry’ featured on the Apple watch.
I bought Belle Gibson’s app. I paid $3.49 for it. I was skeptical about Gibson’s claims that she had ‘cured’ her cancer by ‘getting back to basics’ with healthy eating but I was impressed by her success and what she’d achieved.
But now, Belle Gibson? I’d like my money back please.
After reading your quotes in the Australian Women’s Weekly – admitting that not only were your claims to have ‘cured’ your cancer bullshit but that it never actually existed – I want that $3.49 returned.
$3.49 is not a lot of money. It’s the cost of cappuccino or a two-hour public transport journey, it’s a legal download of a TV show or the newspaper on a Saturday.
The loss of $3.49 is not going to hurt me or my lifestyle.
But I don’t want the money back because I need it. I want it back because of what it represents.
I want the $3.49 back because for the thousands of people who paid for your product, believing they too could cure their illnesses and ailments with wholefoods and positive thinking. Those people deserve better.
I want the $3.49 back for the cancer sufferers who were tricked into thinking that miracles could happen and who were given painful false hope.
I want the $3.49 back because while you were jetting around the world, meeting with Apple executives and allegedly flying first class, there were people back home choosing your path instead of traditional medicine. People who may have since died.