I spoke previously about how Belle Gibson used her story of cancer survival to raise money for charity though The Whole Pantry and how the money was never handed over. Following revelations that Ms Gibsons likely faked her cancer in order to garner support for her business, Apple has since deleted her “The Whole Panty” app from it’s stores.
Global tech company Apple appears to have buckled to mounting pressure to end its partnership with Melbourne social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson, with her top-rating app vanishing from its smartwatch and iPad promotions.
The Whole Pantry app has already been pulled from the Apple Store, and Ms Gibson’s book deals have been scrapped by her Australian and international publishers. Customers who purchased the app and cookbook have also demanded refunds. –Sydney Morning Herald
Her book by the same name was also canned by publishers in the United Kingdom.
A blogger who gained a huge online following after saying she was beating brain cancer through “nutrition and holistic medicine” rather than conventional treatment has had her book withdrawn from publication after doubts were raised about her claims.
Belle Gibson’s recipe book, The Whole Pantry, was due to be published in the UK by Penguin next month. But the publishing house yesterday revealed it had shelved publication after failing to receive “sufficient explanation” from the Australian author about doubts being cast on her story.
Publishing of The Whole Pantry has also stopped in Australia.
Publisher Penguin Random House has stopped printing The Whole Pantry amid uncertainty around whether its author, Belle Gibson, had cancer.
The success her book and smartphone application, which advocates natural therapies, has been largely credited for her high profile as a cancer survivor.
“Despite our best endeavours, we have not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations,” Penguin said in a statement.
“As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia.
The Whole Pantry is now only available in the Google Play store. Everyone else has stopped selling it due to the fraudulent business of it’s author. The Whole Pantry is such an integral part of the charity scam that deleting it is the only ethical thing to do.
Google’s social media team are active on twitter and do respond to people. However they have not responded to my tweet regarding The Whole Pantry still being on sale. I will continue to push them through other avenues until I at least get a response.
See also: The Whole Pantry Charity Fraud.