If you’re active on social media or regularly check up with various news outlets, you’ll more than likely be up to date with the regular body-shaming of both male and female celebrities in the media, or maybe you’ve even experienced it yourself. Whatever the case may be, it’s an awful trend that needs to stop.
Just last night, the Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller spoke out about a body shaming Facebook meme of himself and how seeing it affected him and reminded him of a dark point in his life when he was suicidal saying “the first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe” as not only is it offensive, but it reminded him of the struggle he was experiencing mentally at the time the photo was taken.
I think for some people it’s often easy to forget that celebrities are genuine people who can get just as easily hurt by negativity as the rest of us.
Just because a person may not conform to societies ridiculous and idealistic standards of image does not make them any less worthy or deserving of our respect. Only you get to decide how you want your body to look, if you’re happy and comfortable with it then I have the up-most respect for you and so should everyone else. If you don’t like something about yourself and openly decide to change that, then the same goes. Just don’t let other peoples opinions dictate how you choose to live or look.
Just last month, Kim Kardashian was hounded by the press and the public for posting a nude (yet censored) selfie of herself on social media. Did she do it for fun? Maybe. For attention? Who cares. Because it’s her own body and she has the right to share it if she’s proud of it? Most likely. Whatever the reason, it’s absolutely none of our business. If you want to slut-shame her, sexualize her or simply just judge her for it then that’s your own issue and you should perhaps consider the fact that just because you may not feel comfortable sharing that kind of photo of yourself, doesn’t necessarily make it wrong if someone else does.
Feeling confident in your body is already a hard enough thing to tackle, so can you imagine if then everyone around you started shaming you for looking a certain way or even judging you for actually managing to feel confident enough to share images of yourself?
And I think it’s fair to say that women are subject to a significantly larger portion of body-shaming than men, just take a look at the insane double standards in the media when a male’s shirtless photo goes viral compared to that of a woman showing off her body.
Look at the obvious double standard! 😨 pic.twitter.com/bHgvcpJWJE
— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) March 26, 2016
— Marz ✨ (@Feckinq) March 23, 2016
But this is not just an issue for women, as Wentworth Miller has clearly pointed out here and it’s time we all put an end to body-shaming.
If one good thing has come out of what he’s just had to face, it’s that he’s used his voice to pass on a message of hope and encouragement to anyone else who’s suffered from depression stating “I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/ my image is strength. Healing. Forgiveness.” If you do need help, please know that it’s available:
So before you create a post, share something or make a comment body-shaming another person, think about it. Think about how disrespectful, insulting and unnecessary it actually is. Think about how you’d feel if someone made those kinds of remarks about you. Think about it and then maybe you’ll realise something needs to be done about it.