This Thanksgiving, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned that perhaps her large social media following isn’t necessarily something to be thankful for.
The 41-year old Buffy The Vampire actress found herself in seriously hot water after posting a series of throwback photos dressed in black lingerie. All seems fairly innocent right? Well, it was the caption that people didn’t like.
“I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep,” she captioned the pics.
Many were very upset with Gellar’s photos and the messaging in her caption.
“Your caption is problematic and I suggest you do some research on eating disorders, the mental health issues that go along with them, and how diet culture is harmful to women. Girls look up to you, and you should be mindful of the message you’re sending,” said one fan.
Another added, “How empowering for women! Disappointing to use your platform to promote thinspiration on a once a year holiday that should be about togetherness and gratitude.”
“I think she’s great and obviously very beautiful, but the caption was pretty sad and disappointing ,” read one disparaging comment. And it got a lot worse for the Cruel Intentions star:
“Wow. Really shocked that a woman in a position of influence and a mother would post this s**t. Is that where you place your value? On the size of your thighs? Or your protruding hip bones? Nothing positive comes from this post. Only narcissism and the (expletive) theory that women need to be skinny to be acceptable. You should remove this post. Immediate unfollow from me.”
Given the amount of backlash she received Geller felt the need to apologize to her followers:
“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post,” Gellar commented on her original 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.
I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor,” she added. “Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”
The issue of fat-shaming has been in the news a lot recently. British TV presenter Piers Morgan recently threw serious shade at the pop group, Little Mix, after the girls posed naked with insults written across their bodies. Ariana Grande was quick to back her ‘diva sisters’ Little Mix and revoke Morgan’s claims… and her Mum even joined in with a Tweet to the former Daily Mail editor.
For me, holidays are all about spending time with the people you love and allowing yourself to indulge in some of the nicer things in life. All for a healthy lifestyle and everything in moderation, but on Thanksgiving or during the holidays in general, I say bring on all the food.