Body shaming has long been a problem for celebrities, but they don't always let it slide. Gone are the days when an actor or actress had to sit with a smile while someone made a comment about the way they looked, and social media may have a lot to do with that. Interviewers that ask inappropriate questions are getting called out with increasing regularity, as are the online trolls that post crass, anonymous remarks.
Female celebs often face such criticism about their weight or appearance, but men aren't immune to inane questions and comments. Many of these famous faces were happy to turn the other cheek, while others used the moment to celebrate their bodies and invited others to do the same.
America Ferrera, like many women in Hollywood, has been deflecting comments about her appearance for some time. To combat the haters, she wrote a letter to her body in an Instagram Post:
Lady Gaga has put up with people talking about her appearance since long before she was famous, but now that she has the spotlight, she's using it to her advantage. The artist has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind, which is exactly what she did after she was body shamed following her Super Bowl Halftime Show:
I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, "I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too." No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, Gaga.
Gabourey Sidibe is an Academy Award-nominated actress, but her body has been a target for bullies throughout her career. She commented on it in a rather funny way via Twitter:
To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) January 13, 2014
In an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Carrie Fisher was asked if she was ever pushed to physically transform herself in order to play Princess Leia. Fisher responded with an apt turn of phrase:
They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want three-fourths and so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can't be with me.