Vile trolls body shaming Grant Gustin shows that even male superheroes are not immune
Grant Gustin: Mostly, the bunch of naysayers were critical about the Flash's latest costume - a glimpse of which was recently leaked from the sets.
Thanks to an unfortunate leak from sets of the upcoming season of 'The Flash', DC fans earlier got a glimpse of Barry Allen's new suit. The Flash costume, which many critics considered to be a more comics accurate version, unsurprisingly went on to spark a wave of reactions from superhero fans, including some not-so-pleasant ones.
Mostly, the bunch of naysayers was critical about Flash's latest superhero costume and especially Grant Gustin's appearance in it. As it turns out, it didn't take much time before the flurry of comments snowballed into a skinny-shaming backlash, prompting 'The Flash' to ultimately break his silence and address the unwarranted criticism with a scathing post of his own.
Since Gustin firing back at the critics, however, many fans have come forward in defense of the actor.
"Grant you’re perfect just the way you are and I can’t believe they’re stupid people saying stupid things about you!" wrote one fan, echoing the general mix of emotions. As someone else chimed in, writing, "You tell ‘em Grant!! You portray the Flash perfectly. You’re so down-to-earth and a great role model, not just for kids but for everyone! Keep being the hero you already are!"
"I may admit that I don't like the new suit but the fact you say it's a prototype makes me extremely happy. What really disappoints me is that fans are willing to quit the show because of the new suit and that's disappointing because I always like The Flash for its characters and intriguing storylines and not the outfits that they wear," added another, rightly pointing out the conundrum.
On Wednesday, firing back at the vile online trolls, the 28-year-old CW star had shared, “So here’s the thing about this bulls**t photo leak. It’s a cool suit. That’s a terrible photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted. Some things need work and they will be worked on. We’ll get there.”
Responding to the barrage of uncalled-for criticism, especially the ones pertaining to his physique, the actor wrote, "As far as the body shaming. That’s what p****s me off. Not even just for my sake. I’ve had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin. I've had my own journey of accepting it."
While using his wordy social media post to send a strong message against body shaming, the Flash actor also seized the opportunity to encourage others who too have been victimized by critics and body-shamers. Recalling the initial days and his audition for the now-popular role, the actor shared, "I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I’d actually book. But, here I am 5 season later. I’m happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way.”
"Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on tv or film or whatever it may be someday," he emphasized.
It’s official! No more twitter account for him! He’s deactivated it. I am thankful he’s using IG at least we have some social media from him! And I respect his choice! ❤️ #GrantGustin #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/YSrtAid49u— ⚡️TheFlashVibes⚡️ (@aveiestweets) August 2, 2018
On a parting note, however, the actor went on to mention about the recent photo leak, which has become a subject of conversation among many a Flash loyalist. According to Gustin, the glimpse was just of a prototype and not a completed version, and there is much more work to be done on the final Flash suit for season 5 "until it feels right".
This is unfortunately not the first time an actor/actress, especially ones portraying superhero roles, have come under the scanner over their physical built or their outer appearance. Another Flash star, Wentworth Miller, who starred as Captain Cold on CW’s “The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow' had in 2016 written an open letter where he confessed that in the past he had been suicidal after an internet meme making fun of his weight gain started doing the rounds. Miller, who has confessed to having battled depression for a major part of his life, stated in the letter that during the time the picture was taken in 2010 he was at “the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food.”
After taking over the mantle of fan-favorite Batman, Ben Affleck, on numerous occasions has been subjected to body shaming trolls. While not the one to take all of it lying low, even Affleck has fired back from time to time.
@NewYorker I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos.— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) March 29, 2018
This criticism regarding weight has been known to unkind to women mostly. Another modern-day actress and icon to have set the record straight as far as so-called body standards are concerned is Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot. Constantly criticized for her lanky frame - apparently not up to the mark with the buxom representation of the Amazon warrior in the DC comics - Gadot is no stranger to trolls and body-shamers. However, Gadot being her fierce, feisty self, has always had a comeback for the naysayers.
"I told them, 'Listen, if you want to be for real, then the Amazons, they had only one boob. Exactly one boob. So what are you talking about here? Me having small boobs and a small ass? That will make all the difference,'" the actress said, shutting down the critics.