I'll be the first to say that social media can be a wonderful thing. It gives everyone a voice and a platform to project their thoughts, feelings, and opinions (not to mention memes). Unfortunately, not everyone has nice things to say. If you're like me and follow a handful of your favorite celebrities and pop culture icons, you can easily see how many likes and comments their posts receive. One day I was particularly bored and decided to scroll through Kim Kardashian's comments on one of her Instagram posts, which was an adorable photo of her and North. Amidst a plethora of heart eye emojis and "PLEASE follow me back Kim, LOVE you 4ever", I was shocked at how many awful and hateful comments there were. Almost all of them were targeting her appearance, her body, or labeling her as a "slut" or "whore." Okay so a lot of people have strong feelings about Kim, but that doesn't mean this kind online trolling is ever okay.
Grossly intrigued, I went on to look at different popular celebrities (Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid) social media pages and sifted through their comments. Spoiler: they were pretty similar to Kim's. An overwhelming trend I noticed was body shaming. The vast majority of these hateful comments and remarks pertained to their weight, physical appearance, and what they were wearing. Honestly, don't people have better things to do with their time besides comment something hateful (and usually untrue) comments on social media? Even though most of these celebrities don't read or ever see these comments, the general media also contributes to this cycle of shame as well as other people in their industries. Amid all of the negativity, a few celebrities took a stand against their haters, and they did it in the best ways possible.
Okay I know what you're thinking, but even supermodels aren't immune to haters. Despite this her massive success as a model, body shamers claimed Gigi's figure was just not "right" for the runway. Yeah, okay. *rolls eyes* To combat this influx of hate, Gigi took to her Instagram to share a personal note, essentially informing everyone she loves her body and isn't going anywhere.
And get this- she lost a little bit of weight from that time up until now, and people freaked out even MORE,.Trolls claimied she was "too skinny" and "unhealthy." Her response to that took the form of another eloquent instagram post, arguably even better than her first.
All hail the queen of calling out bull sh*t. After covering Modeliste Magazine, the young starlet noticed the mag had excessively photoshopped and retouched a few of her photos. Zendaya quickly penned an honest and eloquent post shared to her Instagram complete with the unretouched photo next to the doctored one. She's a bad-ass in the classiest way posiible, I love it.
Fun fact: Selena Gomez is the most followed celebrity on Instagram with a whopping 117 million followers. Holy sh*t. Between her brilliantly successful relaunch into the music industry, swoon-worthy red carpet looks and multiple magazine covers under her belt, I can say with total honesty she is one of my biggest girl crushes. For whatever reason, Selena gets eviscerated in the tabloids, most notably when a few "unflattering" photos of her at the beach surfaced. To combat this onslaught of negativity, Selena informed everyone that their opinions were basically irrelevant with an adorable Instagram post, complete with a short and sweet caption.
It's also important to note that Selena is a huge advocate for opening the conversation about mental health, having suffered from depression and anxiety. She has openly shared her experiences and road to recovery, and for that I will always applaud her.
It's truly sad that we live in a world one of the best athletes in the world has to defend their figure. Haters came out of the woodwork after Serena did a photo shoot for New York Magazine, ripping her physique to shreds. The tennis superstar made an appearance on Good Morning America to share an important message following the buzz of negativity.
It's hard to imagine anyone insulting J-Law but alas, we live in a weird and cruel world. From the start, people have dubbed her as "curvy" or having "a little too much meat on her bones." It's honestly ridiculous that her success and talent has been overshadowed by dialogue concerning her body and eating habits. During a Yahoo Q&A, one of my favorite actresses (and all around fabulous human being) stated that she has had enough of critics discussing her weight. I would honestly love to have the following quote embroidered on a pillow for my apartment.
Kim Kardashian West
I'm a converted Kim K fan, sorry not sorry. Recently on a vacation in Mexico with her sisters, photos of Kim in a bikini were released and the trolls were in full effect. Kim has had two children, and both of her pregnancies were difficult for body to endure. I'm sorry, she looks damn good and homegirl knows it. She tweeted an amazing response in lieu of all the petty hate.
Okay so I love Amy Schumer. I know some her jokes and sketches are a little too graphic and vulgar, but I love that she doesn't give a sh*t. She really doesn't care if you like her or not, and I admire that. Anyways, she killed it this past year. Between successfully solidifying her position as one of the top female comics in the industry, hosting SNL and releasing her rom-com Trainwreck, Amy is just getting started. However, after the release of the movie, film critic Jeffrey Wells wrote in a review "Director Judd Apatow is introducing a chubby, whip smart, not conventionally attractive, neurotically bothered female comic to a mass audience." Schumer responded to Wells by shutting him down with an honest and well deserved sassy tweet.