This morning on Twitter and Facebook, lots of people were very excited about an email posted on a website called (this email has since been removed from the site). The email was supposedly from an insider at Sony and claimed to expose the corruption behind Britain’s Got Talent.

The email alleged that Ronan Parke, a 12 year old contestant, had been “groomed” for success by Simon Cowell’s production company for at least two years:

Scouts working for SYCO first saw Ronan Parke (the 12 year old singer) some two years ago when he was just 10 and was singing at a birthday party for former Norwich City goal-keeper, Bryan Gunn. Following that, Ronan was privately auditioned by SYCO scouts on two more occasions and, as is usual practice on BGT, he was “invited” to audition for the show as a “preferred” contestant. At the same time, Ronan and his parents were “required” to enter into a contract with SYCO.

The email went on to claim that SYCO paid for Parke to have extensive coaching, not just to improve his voice, but also his “dancing and stage-craft”. He was restyled extensively:

His hairstyle, his clothes, his poise, giving tv interviews, you name it, Ronan was styled within an inch of his life and all on the promise of stardom.

Realising that his “effeminate” character still showed through, despite attempts to present him as a “skater boy”, it was decided instead to exagerate this quality:

Disgustingly, SYCO planned to sexualise him. They were well aware of course, that if they sexualised a young girl to look sexually older than she is, all hell would let loose. But with Ronan, as one executive put it, “no one has ever seen a ‘gay’ kid before, it’ll be a novelty.” As for the pre-teen market, it was accepted they wouldn’t care if Ronan appeared gay or not…most probably don’t know what gay is anyway. And so, with a total gay- sexualisation of Ronan secretly planned, SYCO got to work.

Having invested all this time and money in Parke, obviously, SYCO would be determined to make him win. The email explained:

With Ronan ready to be unveiled, SYCO bosses, under instructions from Simon did something not done in previous series of BGT; the winner of BGT 2011 was decided long before the first auditions took place and that winner HAD to be Ronan Parke.

And so this weekend will see Ronan crowned as winner of BGT 2011.

I know for a fact, that the songs have already been chosen for Ronan’s debut single and album, and that the backing and drum tracks have already been laid down.

Lots of people retweeted the link to the email, outraged that SYCO could be so manipulative.

I wasn’t entirely convinced that the story was genuine. I wondered where it had come from. I googled the link. It seems the first person to post the story on Twitter was someone called @ukLegion:

In fact ukLegion had already made the same allegations before the email had been posted online:

ukLegion claims he was able to make the same allegations before the email was posted online because he first saw it on Facebook and “thought it was interesting”:

When asked to post a link to the original Facebook post, ukLegion explains why that is impossible:

Asked if he wrote the email himself, he replies:

Good god no, better things to do

In the last forty eight hours or so, ukLegion has tweeted eighty five times. Of those eighty five tweets, about three quarters of them have been about Ronan Parke.

Prior to that, ukLegion had tweeted quite extensively about Ronan. For instance, Ronan will grow up to be a “mega-bender”:

Ronan’s parents should be shot for allowing him to mince around on TV:

His parents are “fucknuts”:

His parents are “fucking morons”:

He makes jokes about Ronan’s “ring-piece”:

He makes jokes about Ronan’s teeth:

Ronan is clearly going to be gay:

It goes on and on and on.

God no, better things to do

ukLegion, while tweeting the link to this apparent exposé, repeatedly claims to “feel sorry” for “poor Ronan”, yet was more than happy to repeatedly post tasteless comments about his sexuality.

I am no fan of Simon Cowell. I think there is something nasty about the way these programmes are set up at the expense of members of the public, but I don’t believe a twelve-year old boy should be used as a vector through which to attack Cowell. Whatever valid points you may have had are lost when you start talking like that, and these claims are just silly. There are legitimate complaints you can make, don’t go overboard, and don’t bully a child. That makes you a cunt.

ukLegion describes himself as a “coder and hacker”, so, you know, if I suddenly start sending you all weird emails or whatever, it’s probably him.

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