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Sarah Michelle Gellar Stirs Up Controversy Over Instagram Caption, Clarifies She Wasn't 'Fat Shaming'

Sarah Michelle Gellar Stirs Up Controversy Over Instagram Caption, Clarifies She Wasn't 'Fat Shaming'

Sarah Michelle Gellar caused some controversy this week by posting some sexy lingerie photos on her Instagram account with the caption, “I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep.”

Many were offended by the caption with comments pouring in such as: “Is that where you place your value? On the size of your thighs? Or your protruding hip bones? Nothing positive comes from this post,” and “Buffy, please don’t promote diet culture. Not the kind of message we should be sending”

SMG decided to clarify what she meant and posted, according to People, “It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post. That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that.”

She continued, “I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”

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  • who

    Jeeze people these days. Everyone has to turn things into negativity. I follow SMG and not once did I think she was fat shaming. I took it to mean – don’t over do it. Our society is ridiculous now because of SM people like to twist everything around to fit their own agendas abd get people riled up for no reason. Go have a seat and shhh if it offends you

  • quartzoup

    Not sure which is more putrid, people who are offended at everything, or the celeb always realizing their revenue stream might be affected if they don’t apologize…

  • Sansa Squad

    I think in over-explaining herself (so as not to seem like a bad person) she only further revealed her ignorance, because she obviously still doesn’t get the point. In framing fatness as a warning/consequence of her “overeating” she’s saying being fat is a bad thing she wants to avoid. This is an idea that is so ingrained and constantly reinforced in our culture that we ALL on some level believe that “fat = bad” – so much so that it seems normal and second-nature and silly that anyone should be offended by this commonly-accepted truth. The lesson to be learned here is that when you make jokes like this, you make every fat person (or ANY person who struggles with weight/body image) feel like sh*t about themselves. Whether you mean to or not, you’re making a statement about THEM as much as about yourself, so maybe think twice about how someone else might feel about your attempt at seeming funny before you do something like this. Empathy: it’s that simple!

  • Sansa Squad

    I agree that people go too negative (and we live in a takedown culture where people are always ready to “cancel” someone over the slightest misstep) but I do think it’s important to call people out when it’s due. I follow her too and I don’t think she’s a bad person at all – which is why it’s important to let her know “Hey, you might think this is funny, and I know you didn’t post it maliciously, but this hurts a lot of people’s feelings and you’re perpetuating a toxic/damaging idea.” I just wish people could have that discourse in a healthy and productive way – attacking someone is obviously not the answer, but staying quiet and not encouraging them to grow or learn at all isn’t helpful either.

  • Lewisbieber

    she is so unlikable , so into herself . blech

  • greg

    First any true fan would know she was joking. That is her sense of humor. I don’t think you would call out a friend if they made the same remark.
    Second being fat is bad… or so my doctor tells me. Overeating is bad.
    But Trolls will be Trolls. I hate when nice people get bullied.

  • greg

    First any true fan would know she was joking. That is her sense of humor. I don’t think you would call out a friend if they made the same remark.
    Second being fat is bad… or so my doctor tells me. Overeating is bad.
    But Trolls will be Trolls. I hate when nice people get bullied.

  • Sansa Squad

    I would call out a friend if they made the same remark, because while being overweight is bad, wasting away to nothing by denying your body the nutrients it needs because you’re afraid of being fat is worse. Thanksgiving is the single hardest day of the year for people with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and similar illnesses. She got called out for perpetuating a toxic idea that encourages unhealthy (and dangerous) behavior. Agreed that the WAY some people came at her was harsh (it’s an emotional topic for a lot of people, and they get heated, which is not conducive to educating others) but dismissing them as trolls when they’re real people with real struggles is ignorant.

  • Joseph Molion

    Ridiculous. SMG has been insanely hot since forever, and made a “better not eat so much” joke for Thanksgiving. BIG F’ING DEAL. SJW’s and their ilk better slow the faux outrage crap pretty quickly; real America is starting to get pretty aggravated at this BS.

  • MyName

    People often joke about over doing it during the holidays. It’s ridiculous to make it more than it was. Some people want to fight on the internet over anything. If they want to make a difference then stop typing and take action.