Sarah Michelle Gellar Facing ‘Body-Shaming’ Backlash Over Thanksgiving Post
UPDATE 6:18 P.M. EST: After catching wind of the controversy, SMG decided to set the record straight with this apology in the comments of her post:
Yikes, Sarah Michelle Gellar might have just gotten herself uninvited to some Thanksgiving dinners.
Let’s just say the Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress’ latest Instagram post joking about overeating on Turkey Day didn’t go over quite well with all of her 2.2 million followers.
While at first glance it looks like Gellar was simply showing herself some love by posting a sexy throwback from a lingerie shoot, it’s the caption reminding herself to “not overeat” that got people fired up.
Ch-ch-check it out:
Many of SMG’s followers found the joke in poor taste, especially on a platform that breeds comparison and body-image issues.
A few went off in the comments section, saying:
“Hey @sarahmgellar I freakin love you, but this messaging (esp for young vulnerable girls) is crap. What about someone who can do both? What about considering your messages through a body-shaming/adding to s**tty culture filter before posting? Your body is gorgeous, but so are all bodies – chubby, fat, curves need lifting up, not more demonising.”
“This caption proves once more that diet culture is really everywhere and that so many women have internalized this kind of thinking.”
On the other hand though, some didn’t take any offense to the post at all. Multiple comments vouched for the 41-year-old’s right to set her own personal body goals and praised her toned figure, saying:
“She didn’t post this and say here’s “a reminder to all of you to not over eat.” Its something she does for herself. A lot of women do it especially women that struggle with weight. Nothing wrong with it. It’s a goal visualization.”
“Love this!! Love that your best self is your goal and you’re not having to use anyone else as your fitspiration!”
“I love it. And I think sometimes we just need to stop jumping to conclusions and realize that all this was, is a joke and something for her. If you don’t like it, just keep scrolling. She didn’t do anything wrong here. Have a great holiday everyone!”
“I think you’re post is hilarious! We all think it whether we eat a ton of food on Thanksgiving or not. Bit I took it as a tongue in cheek joke! I think you’re awesome! My idol since 1997!”
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