Since joining TikTok in June 2021, Alicia Silverstone has taken the social media platform by storm. Now she’s fighting paparazzi images with captions that call her “fat” — it’s a body-shaming theme that’s followed her since her early twenties.
Body shaming is still alive and well these days, despite several attempts to stop it. And Alicia won’t take any more beatings lying down.
The “Clueless” star made a TikTok in which she laughed at her detractors after discovering a photo of herself on social media labeled “Alicia Silverstone Candid Fat Photo.”
The photo showed her walking barefoot in a strapless blue dress.
As the song “abcdfu” by GAYLE played in the background, the actress smiled and raised her middle finger.
In the caption, the Baby Club Sitter’s star said, “Damn. I think I look good.”
And she is right. While Silverstone does not appear to be overweight in the shot, it is a reminder to everyone that there is no such thing as a perfect size. You can look great whether you’re small, medium-sized, or plus-sized — you can look great at any size.
One individual commented, “Ugh as iffff 💁🏼♀️you’re gorgeous queen 👸🏼.”
“It’s the perfect candid photo what are they talking about?!?” another said.
“Girl you look good! They’re just trying to make money off your haters,” one person said, while another added, “DON’T LET THE HATERS GET TO YOU, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL.”
Another comment says, “If that’s what they call fat, I’m in! lol you look great!”
During an April 2020 interview with The Guardian, Silverstone discussed fat shaming in Hollywood. When she took on the role of Batgirl, or Barbara Wilson, in 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” she remembers being dubbed “Fatgirl” by the tabloids.
“That definitely wasn’t my favorite filmmaking experience,” she said at the time, adding, “I stopped loving acting for a very long time.”
When paparazzi tried to follow her for photos, they would yell the nickname, according to Silverstone.
“They would make fun of my body when I was younger,” she recounted. “It was hurtful but I knew they were wrong. I wasn’t confused. I knew that it was not right to make fun of someone’s body shape; that doesn’t seem like the right thing to be doing to a human.”
When “Batman & Robin” flopped at the box office, things became much worse. Silverstone’s performance in the film, which co-starred George Clooney as Batman and Chris O’Donnell as Robin, was panned. She got the Razzie Award for “worst supporting actress” in 1998, which further added to her disdain for Hollywood.
Silverstone also talked about her attitude to the media, saying she tried not to get too worked up about it.
“There were working circumstances that were less than favorable in terms of how things went down,” she explained. “And no, I didn’t say ‘F— you’ and come out like a warrior, but I would just walk away and go, ‘OK, I know what that is and I’m done, I’m not going near that again.’”
Other celebrities, like Kim Kardashian, Kate Winslet, Jessica Simpson, and Serena Williams, have spoken out about the media’s body-shaming. People will take celebrities apart regardless of whether they are an Oscar winner, worth a billion dollars, or the GOAT of their sport.
Alicia stated she “stopped loving acting for a very long time,” but she eventually began working on passion projects with a strong concentration on theater. “I hope to be doing theater until I’m dead,” she said.