It’s no secret that Nadine Lustre is soaking up the sun and enjoying her stay in Siargao. Aside from her sarsa run which went viral in August, there have been a number of photos of the actress’s island life activities circulating the internet. While the photos have garnered supportive comments from fans, there are those who have made unpleasant quips about Lustre’s weight.
Yesterday, Oct. 26, one Twitter user’s now-deleted post caught Lustre’s eye—and she had no qualms shutting down the comment.
The netizen tweeted a photo of Lustre in a bikini and remarked that she had gotten bigger. They even cautioned that her rumored boyfriend might leave her for someone younger over the weight gain.
Nadine’s short, no-nonsense reply? “Ew body shamer.”
The Twitter user has also tagged Lustre and James Reid in other tweets which could have been sent as “well-meaning” body image advice from a “fan.” Preen reached out to the user for comment. However, they declined to give us a statement.
Fan or not, it’s one thing to hold your fave celeb accountable for wrongdoings, but a whole ‘nother thing to send unsolicited and mean-spirited advice about how they should live their life or how their bodies should look. While it is true that show business still mostly adheres to toxic beauty standards, it simply isn’t right to make your fave uncomfortable in their own skin just because you’re worried about their “competition.” Let your faves find happiness on their own terms and stop unnecessarily pitting them against other people.
There’s a line between being a supportive but critical fan and being plain rude and misogynistic. With the internet bringing us closer to our faves, we have to be extra wary of crossing that line.
Celebrities don’t owe us their bodies. They don’t have to put up with fatphobic and misogynistic comments from strangers just because they’re famous. Trying to point out their possible insecurities is neither funny nor helpful. Our unsolicited advice? Put yourself in their shoes for once.