On Father’s Day this past Sunday, we saw plenty of celebs taking the time to post tributes on social media to their fathers. Lucy Hale was one of those celebs, posting a sweet photo to Instagram of herself with her father with the caption, “You taught me to have soul. I love you daddy.” However, she followed it up with another comment that has more than a few folks calling the star out on the platform.
That comment reads, “ugh I was so fat” — and it’s true that there are a few issues with this message. For one thing, while there is nothing wrong with the word “fat” itself, as it’s merely a descriptor, applying the word to a thin body can warp people’s perceptions of bodies. The addition of the word “ugh” places a judgement on “fat,” as though it’s worse to be fat than it is to be thin — something that many people already think, as evidenced by treatment of fat folks daily.
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Many commenters were quick to point out these problems. One commenter asked, “Why is fat considered unbeautiful?”; another said, “Fucked up how you all are saying ‘you weren’t fat, you were beautiful.’ Great message to spread that beautiful would be the opposite of fat.” Others came to Hale’s defense, saying that though she’s a celebrity with a platform, she’s still human and will make mistakes. It’s worth noting here that she’s come out in the past about her history with an eating disorder, and though she didn’t express herself eloquently here, it’s possible she’s having a hard time with body image. Regardless of the reason for her comment, it’s important to remember that “fat” is an adjective that doesn’t say anything about an individual’s beauty or value.
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