I’m going to be sincere with you. Before a pair days in the past, I had by no means heard of Stephanie Pratt. I’ve heard of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt as a result of they’re prevalent on social media and in popular culture, however I by no means watched The Hills or the reunion model of The Hills. I do know their faces and little or no else about them.
So, after I say a hearty FUCK YOU to Hills-alum Stephanie Pratt after the body-shaming bullshit she pulled this week, I’m not saying it as a rabid “Speidi” fan. I do know nearly nothing about them. They could be the embodiment of the giving spirit of Mother Teresa or they may actually suck. I don’t know, and I’m not going to spend my time figuring it out as a result of that info is irrelevant to me.
I’m repulsed by Stephanie Pratt’s show of assholery.
It’s not due to who she directed her venom to, however as a result of I’m a good human being who simply can’t stand by and watch physique disgrace occur with out talking up. Ever. No matter who it’s directed at.
I assume I ought to let you know what occurred. In case you missed it, Stephanie Pratt determined to make use of her IG story to publish pictures of her brother, Spencer, and his spouse, Heidi, on the seaside. (As far I can inform from my not-that-extensive analysis, they’re really estranged and rarely-if-ever speak to at least one one other. I discovered a quote the place Stephanie known as Heidi and Spencer “evil,” and Spencer has mentioned related stuff about her, so like, why is she posting about them in any respect? Who has time for this bullshit? But that sibling drama isn’t my space of experience, neither is it the purpose of this specific dialog.)
The caption Stephanie selected for a photograph of Heidi in a bikini was, “Yay Heidi’s pregnant! I hope she has a little girl this time. Cute bump.”
As if it’s not vicious sufficient to touch upon somebody’s physique, Heidi has been fairly open about her want for a second baby for a few years now. If she isn’t pregnant but, that would imply it’s not occurring as rapidly as she hoped it would. It may additionally imply they’ve put it on maintain or modified their minds. Frankly, it’s none of our enterprise, however for her sister-in-law to mock her by saying she seems to be pregnant when she isn’t (however has mentioned she needs to be)? That provides an additional layer of gross to this entire factor.
She additionally went on to publish a photograph of Spencer shirtless, making the joke, “I wonder what my brother’s having.”
Oh, Stephanie. So intelligent! Body shaming! So inventive! So HILARIOUS!
Speidi followers alerted them that Stephanie was asserting Heidi’s being pregnant earlier than they might, and that’s when Spencer replied to a fan saying, “Heidi is not pregnant. Just being body shamed.”
I may speak about Heidi and Spencer’s our bodies particularly, however the truth is, no matter they seem like, that is simply not okay. Especially coming from a member of the family, whatever the pressure on the connection.
In order to be imply and trigger emotional hurt to somebody she is on the outs with, Stephanie Pratt determined to assault the way in which their our bodies look.
Why did she do this?
Well, I assume she’s simply not very good or inventive as a normal rule, however she did it for a similar causes so many different individuals do it each single day. Body disgrace is low-hanging fruit. It’s one of many few remaining sorts of verbal abuse that we sort of let slide as a society.
In this case, because it’s celebrities being insulted, individuals will say they requested for this. They’ll use their public determine standing, Heidi’s previous with cosmetic surgery, or the way in which they’ve acted earlier than to say they deserve it.
Fuck that. If they’re shitty individuals (and once more, I’ve no clue about that as a result of I solely know what I’ve appeared up within the final couple days) they’re not shitty due to how their our bodies look. I truthfully don’t give a shit if Heidi and Spencer are sort and delicate or two strolling nightmares. Body shaming is abuse, and no person deserves it.
I mentioned the identical factor when individuals made fats jokes and loss of life needs about Donald Trump and Chris Christie after they each acquired COVID final winter.
I’ve no love for Donnie or Chris, but it surely’s not due to their weight or something about their appearances. It’s due to selections they’ve made, opinions they maintain, and insurance policies they assist. Hitler wasn’t a monster as a result of he had bizarre style in facial hair. Kim Jong Un isn’t despicable due to his weight or his haircut.
If you need to name out somebody for being racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist or the rest that’s really despicable, I’m on board. I’m all about compelling individuals to be higher, even when it means calling them to the carpet.
But the minute the dialog strikes into physique disgrace, you’re out of bounds. Your argument loses its validity. If you need to display that another person is actively selecting to be a dangerous particular person, there needs to be loads of proof. You shouldn’t must assault their look.
It’s by no means okay to physique disgrace anyone for any purpose. I don’t care if somebody is a star or a daily particular person, skinny or fats, conventionally engaging or not. If you stoop to the purpose of physique disgrace, you suck.