7 Male Stars Who Clapped Back at Haters After Being Skinny-Shamed
August 11, 2018
In the age of the internet, people are allowed to say pretty much whatever they want online. Although social media sites like Twitter and Instagram are a great way for fans to interact with their favorite stars, they also allow the
haters to hate. Even though it kind of comes with the territory when you’re a celeb, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.
With today’s beauty standards, it’s almost impossible to please everyone. Too
fat, too skinny, too muscly, not fit enough, too tall, too short, etc… the list goes on. But it’s not just women who have to go through it; men in Hollywood deal with the same unrealistic expectations, too.
Let’s face it — we all have different bodies, and no one look is “the best.” Some guys are thinner and lankier than others, and that’s totally okay! People can be ruthless, but these seven male stars clapped right back at the haters who tried to
skinny-shame them for their slim physiques.
1 of 7
Cindy Robichaud/Future Image/WENN.com
leaked photo of what appeared to be Grant Gustin in his new Flash suit started circulating online, fans had some not-so-nice things to say. Some people began to criticize the redesign of the suit and said the actor was too thin to be a superhero. But the 28-year-old was quick to respond with some words of his own.
Instagram, he posted a long note that hit back at the body shamers. He wrote, "I've had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents that I was too thin. But there's a double standard where it's OK to talk sh*t about a dude's body."
"I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can throughout these seasons," he continued. "I'm naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress. Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout a season. Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me. I didn't cast a slim actor as The Flash. I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I'd actually book. But, here I am 5 seasons later. I'm happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way. Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on TV or film or whatever it may be some day."
And he’s right! It seems like superheroes are getting bigger and bigger with every new show and movie, but they shouldn’t all have to be like that. Especially considering The Flash is known for having a speedy metabolism, it makes sense why they would cast a thinner actor.
2 of 7
Zayn Malik was in One Direction, his weight was a consistent topic of discussion among fans. Some were concerned that his smoking habit was suppressing his appetite, while others suspected he was doing drugs.
It wasn't until two years later that he admitted he had an
eating disorder at the time. He wrote in his autobiography, Zayn, "It wasn't as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that, I'd just go for days — sometimes two or three days straight — without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognize it for what it was. I think it was about control. I didn’t feel like I had control over anything else in my life, but food was something I could control, so I did. I had lost so much weight I had become ill."
3 of 7
Mockingjay: Part 1, Josh Hutcherson looked super thin as Peeta Mellark. Some people were concerned about his emaciated state, but he assured everyone that it was just the magic of CGI.
"I did nothing to prepare physically for this role," he told the hosts of
. "I went on the CGI diet, computer-generated images. They just sucked my face down in post-production." Good Morning Britain
So if you were someone who thought the actor was too skinny, blame it on movie magic.
4 of 7
Jonah Hill's weight has been a source of media attention for years now. Every time he gains or loses some pounds, his name appears in tons of headlines. When he was at his fittest, haters made fun of him and insinuated that he wouldn't be funny anymore because he wasn't fat.
Even an interviewer took a crack at the 24-year-old. He
asked the actor, "Are you still considered 'the fat guy'? When you go to a party or anything. Because I run into that a whole lot. I'm 'the fat one.' Are you 'the fat guy' in Hollywood still, or does everybody look at you and they're like, 'Oh wow, this is great and now you’re healthy'"?
Jonah put the interviewer right back in his place when he responded, "Do you have any other questions, that are smart?" Burn!
5 of 7
Aaron Carter called out one of his own fans for body-shaming him. In since-deleted tweets, he wrote, "I'm entirely hurt by a so-called fan that I just encountered. She wasn't realizing I was listening; she said I look like I have cancer. A grown woman was gossiping about me when I have a eating disorder, telling people I need to eat five cheeseburgers 'cause I look like I'm dying. This is body shaming. You guys are bullying me. I've already addressed my medical issues."
Aaron was referring to a hiatal hernia that he was diagnosed with when he was 19. He said in a deleted tweet the medical condition makes it difficult for him to eat and asked fans to "be kind" to him as he tried to get his health under control.
6 of 7
Billy Bob Thornton
Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com
Billy Bob Thornton lost weight for his role in Pushing Tin, it got the media's attention. The actor told the Daily News that newspapers started to publish articles about it and suggested he was sick. But, as it turned out, he had just gotten a little too carried away.
"Frankly, for a while there, I think I had a little mental problem," he explained. "I got
anorexic; of course, I denied it to my girlfriend and everyone else who said I had an eating disorder."
Luckily, the 63-year-old was able to overcome the disorder and now lives a healthy life.
7 of 7
Val Kilmer was often made fun of for getting "old and fat" after his Top Gun era ended, but when he slimmed back down, the haters were still hating.
The actor decided to address the negative comments with a
post on his Facebook page. He wrote, "I have been urged by friends to post something about my perfect health and weight loss. Can't win in this crazy town. Too heavy for too many years and now gossip says, too thin! But I'm preparing as most of you know, for my dream role, Mark Twain, in a film I've written and will direct about his obsession with Mary Baker Eddy."
He continued, "Mark Twain was a thin man, and finally after the usual amount of effort, I'm thin again too. Perfect health. Having a ball with my kids over the holidays, making art while doing rewrites, meeting actors and preparing to direct my film, and of course shopping. Have to go back to wearing a hood again while out in the hood. Can't win in this crazy town, but as Chris Penn used to say with such a Devil's grin, 'If you got the game, then you don't need the fame.'"