Sarah Michelle Gellar's latest Instagram post termed 'fatphobic' and 'disappointing' by fans
The star put up a throwback picture of her toned body as inspiration for her to not overeat during thanksgiving
Sarah Michelle Gellar has sparked outrage with her new posts on Instagram, with fans expressing anger after the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' star put up photos of her toned body and commented she's using that as an inspiration to not overeat during Thanksgiving.
The actress shared four photos from her 2007 shoot with Maxim which sees her posing in lingerie and an open white shirt displaying her toned stomach. The throwback was intended to remind her to maintain her toned physique and the only way to do that was to not overeat during Thanksgiving, a holiday that's generally associated with lavish feasts.
The caption of her post read: "I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep."
While one section of her fans seemed to appreciate the post given that it garnered over 165,000 likes, other fans called her out for putting an insensitive caption that could trigger individuals with eating disorders.
Moreover, the image and the accompanying caption did not send out a very body positive message. One fan commented on the image writing, "Please consider rewording this, there's nothing wrong with eating or being something other than skinny. And this post is a great way to trigger people's eating disorders." Another one attempted to defend Gellar but also acknowledged the fact that her caption might have been a little insensitive. The fan wrote, "I think she's great and obviously very beautiful but the caption was pretty sad and disappointing but that's just my opinion and I'm pretty sure it was a joke."
The comments section was blowing up with fans both defending and condemning her. A fan expressed disappointment writing, "Wow @Sarahmgellar first time I've ever been disappointed with one of your posts. Very dangerous and insensitive wording here." In her defense "Nothing wrong with not wanting to break a diet. Nothing wrong with wanting to stay the same weight."
One fan called the post outright fatphobic saying, “A little disappointed in this caption,” while someone else added, “It’s fatphobic and sad. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.”
While Gellar did not intentionally try to promote a negative message, her post has definitely made fans think that the actress was not sensitive enough to understand the implications of her words.
Sarah's famous friends wrote messages of support for her. Actress Tiffany Thiessen wrote “Is it weird if I pin these pics of you in my house too?” while Debra Messing commented, “Are you KIDDING ME!?!”
Sarah has not made any official comment on this fiasco yet.