From TMZ reporting on Selena Gomez's bikini vacation snaps with the comment, "things getting thick down in Mexico" to Chris Wallace saying Kelly Clarkson "could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while," it seems it has become absolute common place, even by paid professionals, to publicly bully, shame and slam celebrities because of their weight.
When the mainstream media perpetuates a ridiculous and nigh on impossible goal of idealized beauty, largely circulated and promoted through the fashion industry, a benchmark is set which not only affects the celebrities themselves but sends an extremely unhealthy, emotionally and physically damaging message to young women and men everywhere.
In a time where image is seemingly more important than intelligence, it's inspiringly refreshing when stars stand up to the body-shaming haters and provide a beacon of hope in an increasingly shallow world.
Here's a list of amazing women who have told the weight-trolls exactly where they can stick their abuse. Tip your hats...
1. Gabourey Sidibe
The Oscar nominated actress couldn't stroll down the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globes without internet trolls making evil comments about her size and outfit. She, however, gave the perfect response. Number of fucks given? Zero.
2. Lady Gaga
When Lady Gaga posted the above image, amongst the comments from fans praising the signer for her beauty were, unsurprisingly, negative snipes branding her as 'fat.' However, rather than letting the abuse get to her, Gaga responded poignantly, with a pinch of sass.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Even Hunger Games star JLaw has to deal with her share of body bashing. Talking to Elle Magazine, the star told of her 'caveman'-like eating habits and claimed that by Hollywood's standards she's 'obese.'
However, Heaven help anyone who suggests she drop a few pounds for a role:
"Today, if anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go f*** yourself.'"
Good on you, Jen!
4. Kelly Clarkson
In the above interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Clarkson confessed that what upsets her is when she can see the abuse she receives affecting her fans.
"I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet-and-greet after the show and a girl who’s, like, bigger than me will be in the meet-and-greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big, I must be so fat to them.'"
In the interview, which went viral, Clarkson brushes off the nasty comments with:
"Sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t, and I’m like … I’d rather have wine."
5. Tyra Banks
On the supermodels chat show, Tyra Banks talked straight to the camera in an inspirational speech directed at women all over the globe who have, at some point, been affected by comments regarding their weight.
6. Kristen Bell
Putting the slammers in their place, Kristen responded to comments about her 'chunky' thighs with this zinger:
"I refuse to worry about something that I could not change…I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size."
7. Ariana Grande
After Ariana's performance at the Grammys, some dude thought it would be amusing to comment on the singer's breasts on Instagram. Her response was priceless.
When Pink attended a cancer benefit to support a friend receiving a Duke Award for her effort in the field of cancer, her weight gained more attention than the cause.
9. Taylor Swift & Lorde
Baby, now we got Bad Blood. When Taylor Swift was skinny-slammed by super douche DJ Diplo, her BFF Lorde stepped in and put him in his place, pronto.
10. Emma Stone
Emma Stone isn't a stranger to cruel taunts about her weight either, reportedly receiving daily remarks telling her to 'Eat a Sandwich.'
"I've seen a lot of comments that say, 'Eat a sandwich' or 'She looks sick,'...We shame each other online. We're always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short…It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We're shaming each other and we're shaming ourselves."
These women are but a few of the examples we found of brilliant responses to hateful and downright disrespectful attacks. And, although it would be a much better world if these women were able to get on with their jobs without having their bodies scrutinized on a daily basis, the lesson we can learn from this is that body shaming only works if you let it. And in the meantime, if you don't have anything nice to say, keep your trap shut.