Rupert Christiansen has come out fighting in the Daily Telegraph. He wants you to understand why he was right to call a young singer ‘dumpy’ and to damn her physique as ‘intractable’, which could be taken to mean that she is unemployable on the opera stage.
Rupert believes that body insults are a legitimate part of the critical repertoire. Many will consider that indefensible.
You may read read his argument in full here. Many will find them indefensible. But credit Rupert with the courage to come out into the open and engage with the issues.