If you’re a famous woman, no matter what size you are, your body is the subject of endless scrutiny from a public that can be less than cordial at times. In fact, people can be pretty terrible, lobbing insults at women who they have decided are fat — and fat, to them, is the worst thing in the world, synonymous with being disgusting, lazy, and weak-willed.
Fortunately, the kind of person that fat shames anyone is seldom taken seriously by others, reflecting only their narrow-mindedness. Also fortunately, many of the celebs that are subjected to this treatment have lobbed some pretty epic take-downs at the trolls who dish them out. Here are some of the best celeb responses to fat shaming.
Fewer women have been trolled more than actress and Academy Award and Golden Globe nomineeGabourey Sidibe in the most merciless and racist ways possible. Gaby’s trolls are the bottom of the barrel, but despite these lowlifes, her retorts are the highest, which only makes her look more amazing than usual. Take the trolls who couldn’t refrain from commenting about her look at the Golden Globes in 2014. But was she worried? Nope. “To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK,” she tweeted, clearly not concerned.
She killed it again when responding to haters who had comments about her love scene in Empire. She wrote on Entertainment Weekly, “I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job,” she said. “I’m very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode.”
And when she heard there were haters? She continued, “I keep hearing that people are ‘hating’ on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay.” And the kicker? She finished, saying, “You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!”
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, as well as one of the most famous. She’s been super busy for years now, having catapulted her way to fame as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games films. And with worldwide fame, unfortunately, comes worldwide scrutiny of your body if you’re a woman.
But she was fat shamed before she was a household name, too. She told Harper’s Bazaar that it began when she was young, at the beginning of her career. “It was just the kind of s*** that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that.”
And even though it hurt then as it stings now, she didn’t let it break her. She continued, “I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, “You can go f*** yourself.” Talk about a girl on fire!
Ashley Graham is a complete and utter bombshell. She was the first ever plus sized model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue back in 2016. She’s also been the subject of a whole bucket of fat shaming from people who think that featuring her body is somehow glorifying bad health. One such hater was Cheryl Tiegs, a former American supermodel, who told E! that featuring plus sized models on the cover of magazines promotes an unhealthy lifestyle. And Graham, class act that she is, had the perfect response.
She told E! that, “Cheryl Tiegs may have said what she said and it may have hurt a lot of peoples feelings, but my skin is so thick. I kind of rolled my eyes, I was like, ‘Oh whatever, another one of these ladies.'” Clearly she can handle it, as well as call it out for what it is: bigoted.
Graham continued, “But what’s great is that — the fact that she said it — it means that other women think like her. And what that means is that we really need to change the industry.” Thankfully the industry already is, and Graham’s success is proof of that.
Melissa McCarthy just keeps getting better. From the all-female, totally hilarious Ghostbusters movie to some of the best political comedy of our time on Saturday Night Live, McCarthy is killing it on all fronts. But since she’s plus sized, and since she’s a woman, of course people say terrible things about her.
One especially terrible reviewer called her “tractor-sized” and “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Obviously he’s wrong, as she was the second highest-paid actress in the world in 2016.
Still, she responded to the comments, telling the The New York Times, “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.” Nothing like taking the high road to shut your shamers down.