Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Sarah Michelle Gellar typically flies under the radar of haters online. Much of her social media activity revolves around her company Foodstirs, hanging out with former costars, and showering love upon her longtime hubby, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Unfortunately, Sarah’s recent post ahead of Thanksgiving landed her in hot water with some fans.
On November 18, the actress shared a throwback post with photos from an old magazine spread for Maxim. In the pictures, Sarah is scantily clad, showing off her very fit body by posing in lingerie and an undone button-up top.
“I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep,” she captioned the post.
Many fans loved the photos, but some had a problem with Sarah’s caption. Specifically, they believed that it was perpetuating “diet culture” or restricting food intake, which can be considered triggering for those who have survived eating disorders.
“Wow. Really shocked that a woman in a position of influence and a mother would post this,” one follower wrote. “Is that where you place your value? On the size of your thighs? Or your protruding hip bones? Nothing positive comes from this post. Only narcissism and [the] theory that women need to be skinny to be acceptable. You should remove this post. Immediate unfollow from me.”
“Your caption is problematic and I suggest you do some research on eating disorders, the mental health issues that go along with them, and how diet culture is harmful to women. Girls look up to you, and you should be mindful of the message you’re sending,” another said.
“How empowering for women! Disappointing to use your platform to promote thinspiration on a once a year holiday that should be about togetherness and gratitude,” another added.
On the flip side, other commenters thought the whole controversy was ridiculous.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with stating you don’t want to OVEReat. When you’re full, you should stop eating… PERIOD. There is nothing wrong posting pics for inspiration,” one insisted.
After realizing that people were offended by her caption, Sarah quickly took to the comments section herself to explain and offer an apology:
“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post. That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that. I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Anyone that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ anyone on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”
What do you think about Sarah’s Thanksgiving post and the controversy surrounding it?
The post Sarah Michelle Gellar Faces Backlash After Fans Accuse Her Of ‘Fat Shaming’ In Recent Post appeared first on LittleThings.