Sailor Brinkley-Cook is pointing the finger at “Good Morning America” and calling the editing of her appearance “tone deaf” after catching heat following her interview on this morning’s show. The 21-year-old sat down with ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts on Friday to discuss her body dysmorphia and her frustrations about always being compared to her famous supermodel mom, Christie Brinkley. Taking to her social media hours after the segment aired, the young star addressed her disappointment on the completed package.
Calling the edited interview “tone deaf” and suggesting “GMA” used her for “click bait,” Sailor Brinkley-Cook said she was “a little upset about the GMA piece that aired this morning.” Posting a lengthy statement on her Instagram Story, she continued, “I have nothing but respect for GMA and Deborah, and have nothing negative to say about either one. But I wanted to set some things straight.” This was Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s first-ever interview where she discussed the hurtful topic and it definitely didn’t go as planned.
Viewers watched as the supermodel’s daughter opened up about how she feels “disgusted” at times when looking in the mirror due to her body dysmorphia. Stating that her mother was not aware of the full seriousness of her disorder, Sailor Brinkley-Cook added that being compared to her famous mom didn’t help her self-esteem. Slamming “GMA,” the one-time “Dancing With The Stars” contestant said, “I understand that ‘comparisons to model mom’ and ‘eating disorder struggles’ are great taglines for click bait on news outlets.”
She explained that she “ONLY agreed to do it during this awful time in America because I thought it would be a small beacon of positivity for people who have dealt with the same things as me.” Adding that she “wanted to be a voice for people who are facing their mental illnesses and body image issues head-on right now in isolation,” but the edited interview didn’t come off that way. That wasn’t the only blow she threw the morning show’s way.
Making it clear that “I did NOT want to throw a pity party for myself,” she continued, “I did NOT want the interview to be highlighting the dark times. 95% of what I said during the interview got cut.” Apologizing for the “tone deafness” of the segment, Sailor Brinkley-Cook said that something important that didn’t air was her “thank you to health care workers & essential workers, as well as acknowledging how awful and heartbreaking this time is for so many.”