Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s a day of family, friends, food, football, and fun. However, there are those few people out there that just have to find the negative in everything. And, unfortunately, that’s what’s happening right now in response to an Instagram post from Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Gellar posted a modeling picture of herself and commented that she would post the picture all over her house to remind her not to overeat this holiday season. While most of her followers saw no harm in her post, considering it funny as well as personal motivation for her, the raucous and loud minority called her out for ‘fat shaming’ and ‘thinspiration’.
The later, of course, a made up word to bash anyone who inspires to be thin (Hell, my spellcheck is mad at me for even typing such a ridiculous word!) She was spurned for supposedly advancing ‘diet culture’ and ‘impossible body image’.
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Okay, here’s the thing: The same people who are shaming her are the ones out their crying about ‘love your body!’ and ‘be proud of who you are!’. But, apparently, that’s only ok if you look like them, instead of a modelesque figure that Gellar has worked hard to maintain, for herself. Why can’t she be proud of who she is, just because she’s thin? The hypocrisy is insane. But, she does have some support. Many fans have called b.s. on the negative comments as well as some celebrities have liked and commented positively.
They also brought up the fact that her caption helps sheds light on a real holiday epidemic of people overeating to the point of being severely ill. This is an actual problem, but that apparently didn’t matter to the ‘body shaming activists’. There were also a couple comments from bitter men stating that these ‘sexy’ pics demeaned the #MeToo Movement, but they just sounded like a bunch of thirsty dudes who dropped dick pics in her DM’s and then were blocked and now they ‘hate’ her.
Gellar unfortunately felt the need to apologize, thanks to this current culture of condemning everyone and being easily offended, so she posted said apology in a comment on her post, which read:
“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post. That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick.This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that.”
“I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Anyone that knows me, knows I would never intentionally “shame” any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”
Fans have continued to have her back on this, telling her the apology isn’t necessary. They also pointed out all that she has done for women, kids, and the helpless.
The main issue here is not that Gellar posted the provocative picture, or even the caption, but the sudden inundation of overly sensitive people who feel the urge to attack anyone and anything they don’t agree with, all under the guise of “the right thing to do”. Why can’t someone be proud of their body, just because it doesn’t look like yours? Why can’t someone post some self motivation without being attacked for the dumbest of reasons?
Look, if she had posted the pic and said “every woman should not eat this Thanksgiving so that you fatties may eventually look like me”, then, by all means, let the uproar ensue. But she didn’t, not even close. So, instead of all this negativity, let’s go through the holiday season with love and support for everyone. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Do you think Gellar’s post was out of line? Or were the ‘Negative Nellies’ blowing it out of proportion? Let us know in the comments below!