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Katherine Webb’s Instagram post. Photo: @_kathererinewebb/Instagram
The Internet is cruel: There’s fat shaming, skinny shaming, and shaming for shaming. You can’t win! When model Katherine Webb, the former Miss Alabama, posted a photo of herself wearing a black bikini on Instagram, she was met with comments from trolls saying stuff like, “Someone please give her a sandwich,” and calling her anorexic. But instead of throwing her phone in a fit of despair, the 25-year-old defended herself.
"To all of you who think I need to gain weight or eat more, I eat just fine," she wrote in a post featuring a screenshot of the ugly comments. “I am 5’11, so I have a lot more places to put my calories. I eat crap most of the time anyways.” She continued: “And to all the middle-aged women who like to leave mean comments on my page about my body, you can gladly skip my page and go somewhere else. I am tall, I eat just fine, and also suffer from thyroid problems, so don’t make fun of me or my body when you probably have problems of your own. I rarely react to this kind of stuff, but this really bothers me.”
The photo of nasty comments Webb posted. Photo: @_kathererinewebb/Instagram
Before the Internet, if people had unkind things to say, they’d gossip. Talking behind people’s backs then turned into chat rooms, IMs, and comments on blog posts and articles. These forms of communication and trashing all held a certain kind of cruel anonymity. But social sharing services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram take away the veil and reveal the person behind the nastiness. And it’s only with people like Webb calling these offensive people out by name and standing up for themselves that even fat shaming, skinny shaming, and every other kind of shaming will finally disappear.