An internet troll has sparked a wave of revulsion after mocking Gary Barlow’s stillborn baby online, then grumbling that a model had blocked him on Twitter.
Twitter user @MrKennethTong, believed to be former Big Brother contestant Kenneth Tong, posted a number of offensive statements on his account about the grieving musician’s late daughter Poppy.
He then claimed he would stop if model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley responded to him on Twitter. And he went on to suggest the controversy should enable him to be given a ‘verified’ account on the social networking site, such as those used by prominent figures and celebrities.
Tong’s comments, which provoked a mass outpouring of anger on Twitter, have been widely condemned by other users and celebrity friends of Gary and his wife Dawn, who delivered her fourth child stillborn in London on Saturday.
The Take That star’s fellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh was among those calling for Tong to be banned from the microblogging website.
He wrote in a tweet: “How DISGUSTING. This man should not be allowed on twitter. RETWEET this if you want him banned!”
Tong, who appeared on series 10 of Big Brother in 2009, referenced lyrics from a number of Take That songs in the series of tweets directed at 41-year-old Gary. He also posted a picture of a child’s coffin accompanied by more sickening comments.
Pop star Professor Green was among other celebrities to criticise Tong. He tweeted: “@MrKennethTong never in my life seen such a disgusting case of attention seeking … please never have children.”
Big Brother’s Bit On The Side presenter Jamie East also showed his disgust.
“Nothing would make me happier today than seeing Kenneth Tong going to prison. What an absolutely hateful, hateful human being,” he wrote.