Not your everyday occurrence that’s for sure! Michelle Mone, a lingerie business tycoon who is labelled as the ‘Baroness of Mayfair’ in the United Kingdom mistakenly assumed a grown adult named Nguyen Tan Phat was a child and proceeded to pick him up on stage for a photograph. 44 year old Mrs Mone, who is the former founder of the British Ultimo brand, was extremely embarrassed by the debacle once she realize she had hoisted an adult off his feet and carried him like the 6 year old she thought she was carrying.
At the end of her speech on stage to address a crowd of approximately 3,000 guests in Vietnam a man of tiny stature walked over to her with a bunch of flowers as a gift to say thankyou for attending. The lingerie expert didn’t even think twice as she was convinced she was dealing with a child and swept him up for a cheeky cuddle and photo opportunity. As she did so an alarmed woman from the first row was heard yelling “Put him down! I’m his wife!”. The whole room couldn’t help but laugh and even though Mone was red faced she joined in with the giggles at her own expense, realizing her seemingly terrible mistake.
The man she picked up was initially being reported in local tabloids as being 46 years old which was not the case at all. He went to Facebook to confirm his actual age of 22 years where he chimed in with comments thinking he would be famous after the event. Mr Nguyen was very grateful in his words just to have Mrs Mone to have attended this event as he idolized her and all that she has done. The little man wasn’t even embarrassed by the episode at all and just thanked her.
“Most embarrassing moment. Speaking in Vietnam to 3000 people, thought this was a 6 year old, picked him up, he’s a MAN.”
Her Tweet has had more than 10,000 likes and over 9,000 retweets with the story being received quite differently across social media outlets. Some people commenting that what she did was wrong and she should be ashamed and others just having a good laugh at her obviously accidental assumption and actions. Quite a few people are outraged that she would continue to humiliate the man by posting about it on social media. Charlie O’Malley commented on Twitter “Ha ha ha… I bet he bloody loved it :))”
Mr Nguyen has never made any comments about his small stature or given any information about any particular condition he might have to explain why he is the way he is. An innocent mistake that I think anyone could make. The fact people are outraged by it when she clearly had no bad intentions and it was an honest blunder, people might need to loosen up their expectations a little bit, we’re all human and we all make mistakes!