Fans slam Sarah Hyland's photo of Wells Adams grabbing her breasts, claim duo made a mockery of the #MeToo movement
However, some fans were quick to jump to Hyland's defense as well, with one asking whether these critics knew what consent meant.
A seemingly harmless group photo posted by Sarah Hyland featuring her fiancé and several other friends has earned the actress severe backlash. The photo sees Adams grabbing the 'Modern Family' actress's breasts, as other couple friends also pose in a similar fashion. It is evident that everything happening in the photo is consensual, but several fans seem to have taken offense to the women being objectified, and took to the comments section to reprimand the actress for doing things that are detrimental to the #MeToo movement.
Hyland had captioned the photo, "We take wedding photo booths very seriously... #mcm to the men who love and treat their ladies like queens 👸🏻 💕", which led some critics to ask if being treated like a queen means being treated like an object. "In times of gender balance and women's rights and respect, we still see pics like this... we are not moving forward with such mentalities," one person commented about the image, while another said, " The dissolution of patriarchal gender relations can't come soon enough."
However, some fans were quick to jump to Hyland's defense as well, with one asking whether these critics knew what consent meant. "Do you even know what the Metoo campaign was about, these women are consenting to this photo. Know the difference," they said. Another opined, "These ‘fans’ have no lives if this is what they’re commenting on! @Sarah_Hyland is dating him & doesn’t seem under duress or being forcibly groped! They’re all having fun! Drop the #MeToo crap when it’s not there! This ‘woke’ world is annoying."
Regardless, Hyland, Adams and the rest of the gang seem to be unperturbed by these negative comments. Not only did they clarify their actions, but they have also both gone on to post more fun pictures of themselves as if to say this is who we are and you cannot shame us for it.