The media is not shy about body shaming. Any imperfections come under scrutiny in the comments section on any media platform. Hiding behind a computer allows people to speak their mind and not deal with the consequences.
Celebrities deal with the shaming constantly. Some have chosen to speak out against body shaming including Amy Schumer, and even a new star emerged from the movement, Whitney Way Thore.
Whitney Way Thore was discovered from her viral video on Youtube called A Fat Girl Dancing. Whitney, now has her own TV show on TLC called My Big Fat Fabulous Life, she shows us perspective into her overweight life, and the hate she gets. She shows us that she is healthy and active, but is frequently misjudged. Whitney has been a huge proponent for #Nobodyshame.
While many support and are inspired by Whitney, there are some that continue to body shame her.
With Media outlets to allow body shaming, and programs that allow editing of photos, technology may not be the best way to tackle the #bodyshaming problem.
Jennifer Lawrence is very outspoken about the negative side of photo editing. You can read the article here. Her magazine cover was edited to make her look thinner. She wants people to know that it is edited and she says “I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner!’ […]I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.” — Entertainment Weekly
It is not only Hollywood scene that experiences this, but all public figures including Olympians. The world’s best athletes are body shamed.
The public has become much more open about the nasty side to body shaming. It is no longer acceptable. People are now celebrating their bodies and learning to love all body types. The media has been responding to the public opinion in a very positive way. Many magazines choose not to retouch photos, plus size models are becoming more common, and clothing lines are expanding to include all body sizes.