The people of the world all have an opinion about everything, especially when it comes to people in the public eye. Because of social media, it is easier for people to target celebrities and give them their opinion on the actions, photos, or anything about the life of someone under media scrutiny.
Iskra Lawrence, a plus-size model who promotes body positivity, has hit back at a social media troll who did not have nice things to say about her. Lawrence is an ambassador of the National Eating Disorder Association and the face of #AerieREAL. She is also the managing editor of the fashion Web site Runway Riot. She did not take the criticism lying down.
The social media user had this to say about one of Lawrence’s pictures on her Instagram account. “Fat cow. It’s only cus every F—r on this planet is obese that that’s the norm . . . Plus-size models? give me a F—-g breaking. Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald’s, the NHS is f—-d because of people like her eating too many bags of crisps.”
In response to the negative comment, Lawrence posted photos of her impromptu photo shoot. She wore lingerie and was lying down surrounded by bags of junk food. She captioned the image, “This is for anyone who has ever been called fat. Opinions are like arseholes – everyone’s got one [sic].”
To drive home her point, she also posted a video of herself eating some chips. She explained her actions by saying, “I do not condone binge-eating. I eat whatever I want in moderation. I will eat crisps, but I’ll also make healthy, home-cooked meals and work out regularly.”
Her last message posted for body shamers was “Who gives a F what anyone else thinks of you? YOU are the only one who decides your self worth.”
Social media has been both good and bad for celebrities. It has enabled their fans to get an inside look into their lives, but it has also invited trolls and body shamers to spread their messages of hate and negativity. It’s good that Iskra Lawrence fought back. Body-shamers should not be able to criticize celebrities on their own Instagram pages and other platforms. It’s ridiculous that they think it’s okay to hide behind their PCs and spread the hate. Being kind is not common nowadays. Just because they are celebrities, doesn’t mean that anyone is free to attack them.