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Video: A Young Woman Being Verbally Attacked And Called Fat By A Church Leader Is Going Viral On Twitter

The sense of entitlement that many people hold and believe they can use to shame and police women’s bodies is ceaseless. From airlines kicking women of color off of planes for what they wear to school teachers shaming their students for wearing clothing that might affect boys, it seems women cannot get a break in even the most unassuming spheres of their lives.

Even when it comes to safe spaces like places of worship.

Recently, one woman took to Twitter to share a video she’d captured of another woman who had followed her into a bathroom to tell her she was too fat to wear shorts to a church event.

The video captured by a Twitter user who goes by the name of Jenna, depicts her discomfort and humiliation as a woman berates her in their church bathroom for wearing shorts.

“This [woman] followed me into the bathroom and attacked me calling me ‘fat’ and that I couldn’t wear jean shorts because I was too fat,” Jenna wrote in a post about the incident which also shared the video.

In the video, the woman can be heard telling Jenna that she is “chubby” and needs to wear clothing that covers her legs. “So you’re sitting here calling me fat?” Jenna asks the woman while filming. “Oh, you don’t think you are?” the woman responds

Through tears, Jenna tells the woman “I [redacted] love who I am. Get the [redacted] out of my face.” 

Jenna also shared photos of herself in the outfit she had been wearing when she was verbally attacked.

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Jenna later explained that the woman also approached her at a time when she was already affected by something upseting.

Jenna, who also explained that she deals with depression and anxiety, said that if the woman had approached her two years before when she was younger she might have committed an act of self-harm.

Fortunately, what started out as a horrific moment caught in the bathroom, launched a parade of plus-sized people sharing love and pictures of themselves loving their bodies on Twitter.

Women on Twitter reached out to Jenna with pictures of themselves wearing shorts and it was the sweetest thing.

Now THIS is just the kind of bathroom behavior we need from women.

Seriously more of this.

Thankfully, Jenna’s church did not let the woman go unpunished for targeting her.

Hopefully, this church leader takes this as a learning lesson. We have the right to free speech in this country and we should use that privilege to say things that are profound, enlightening and uplifting. Punto.

Everyone On Instagram Is Praising Demi For Her Most Popular Instagram Post Yet

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Everyone On Instagram Is Praising Demi For Her Most Popular Instagram Post Yet

People are always going to have something to say, especially when it comes to celebrities and what they choose to post on social media or how they choose to live their lives. But what’s worse is when internet trolls decide to project their own insecurities onto female celebrities, in particular, in destructive ways. 

People who would otherwise never make nasty comments about a women’s body or appearance in person and to their face, use the comments section on social media platforms to hide behind the keyboard and spread negativity. Singer, songwriter, and actor Demi Lovato has always had a complicated relationship with the public when it comes to unsolicited advice about her life choices and her body.

But it looks like she’s finally learning to be comfortable in her skin no matter what others say.

Last night, Lovato shared a gorgeous unedited photo of herself in a two-piece leopard print bathing suit.

However, it has people talking for other reasons. In the photo, Lovato can be seen looking over her shoulder walking out of a pool, and the cellulite on her legs visible. “This is my biggest fear,” Lovato said in her caption. “A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELULLIT!!!” 

Take notes, everybody. It’s no longer called “cellulite” — Lovato is helping us women reclaim that word and call it CELULLIT. 

But Lovato’s message went deeper. She went on to write that she was so tired of being “ashamed” of her body and that she was done with editing photos of her body as well. She went on to state that she’s working on no longer caring about someone else’s idea of what beautiful means other than her own. 

“I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards,” Lovato wrote in her Instagram caption. 

“So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to town a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.” While she’s struggled with mental health issues, eating disorders, and addiction, Lovato has seemingly always been open with her fans about her journey through it all. 

In July of 2018, the 27-year-old singer was hospitalized after an apparent overdose and went on a social media hiatus until she returned to Twitter to give fans a health update. “All my fans need to know is I’m working hard on myself, I’m happy and clean and I’m SO grateful for their support,” she wrote on Twitter on December 2018

Lovato’s latest act of empowerment also comes two months after she clapped back at a troll who told her to go on a “diet” after paparazzi photos of her surfaced.

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According to Pop Crush,  back in July, an Instagram user posted a paparazzi shot of Lovato getting into a car after a workout and captioned it, “hey demi dm me so we can discuss a diet plan for you.” 

Lovato wasn’t having it and replied to the unnecessary and rude comments that were made toward her. “I actually am choosing not to diet and fall back into unhealthy behaviors at the risk of losing my sanity or mental health but thank you for the offer! Super sweet,” she replied according to Pop Crush. 

This incident, however, caused Lovato to take another break from social media. 

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But now she’s back and it looks like she’s taking a more positive approach and not paying any mind to the trolls — as it should be. Lovato went on to write in her caption that she feels great about being back in television and film while “not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit.” 

We’re so glad she’s feeling better about not just her career, but her self and her body. If there’s anyone who deserves to feel their very best, it’s Lovato. At such a young age, she’s gone through so many life-altering experiences that we’re rooting for to finally find peace and feel the most comfortable in her own skin. 

It’s also great to see the amount of support she received from fans and other celebrities sharing nothing but positive things on her photo. 

Lovato ended her caption by saying that she hopes to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. There’s no doubt that’s inspired us all. 

Women Are Dragging Forever 21 By Their Strappy Yellow Bags For Sending Atkins Diet Bars In Their Bags

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Women Are Dragging Forever 21 By Their Strappy Yellow Bags For Sending Atkins Diet Bars In Their Bags

Our society is obsessed with diet culture. Often times, the quest for the “perfect summer body” or the most ideal figure can be very damaging to people dealing with weight loss and eating disorders. Further pushing of diet culture makes people negatively reflect on their body image — something that is more likely to create eating and anxiety disorders than to lose weight.

Another example of this ongoing issue popped up recently on Twitter and people are calling it a fatphobic attack on plus-sized women and a dangerous marketing ploy.

In a now-deleted tweet, Forever 21 shopper, Ganiella Garcia, shared that there was an extra item in her recent order from the shop.

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She found that the clothing store had added a bonus sample of an Atkins bar to her order. The bars are from the special Atkins lines of low-carbohydrate snacks meant to help one follow the fad Atkins diet.

Garcia was upset and shocked that Forever 21 thought it was a good idea to add these to orders that were going to a plus-sized woman. She told Buzzfeed News about the incident, saying:

“I opened the bag and took the clothes out. Everything was fine. And then when I was trying things on, at the bottom there was a card and there was an Atkins bar in a little bag. It was very insulting, and honestly, I like shopping at Forever 21 — but I don’t feel comfortable buying clothes from a company that thinks I shouldn’t be the size that I am.”

Garcia went to Twitter with her story and soon found that she wasn’t the only one to receive the unwanted diet bar.

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Many women came forward to share that they were also recipients of these Atkins diet bars. Most people who experienced this extra item ordered from Forever 21’s plus-sized catalog but some bars ended up in orders sent to straight-sized customers too. This Twitter user shared an image of an order her mother placed. Sure enough, the same lemon Atkins bar is present in her order as well.

This tweet pointed out the dangerous message that is presented by sending unsolicited diet bars to their costumers.

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Twitter user, Samantha Puc, suggested that despite what their sizes may be, sending these bars to unaware customers with eating disorders could cause harm. Something as innocuous as a bar suggesting that they should lose some weight can trigger a bulimic or anorexic episode in someone working to overcome their eating disorder.

She went on to say more about how the clothing industry capitalizes on diet culture:

“Plenty of clothing companies monetize disordered eating and fatphobia to sell products, but this is a new level, Forever 21. Assuming this is a brand partnership with Atkins, is the money worth endangering the lives of your customers?”

Queer and Latinx Fat Story Teller, @MerQueenJude, also posted a response on her Instagram admonishing the clothing company for buying into fatphobic and dangerous marketing ploys at the expense of their customers.

“It is so dangerous to body shame and suggest that someone eat less or go on a diet,” she explained on her Instagram post. “You don’t know their history with food. As someone recovering from an ED, this would’ve set me back so far.”

Another Twitter user echoed Puc’s concern about the potential Forever 21 and Atkins partnership.

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Twitter user Shelby Ivey Christie pointed out that if this was meant to be a tie-in between the clothing company and the diet brand, it was done in a sloppy and tasteless manner. As she pointed out, the presence of the bars in predominantly plus-sized orders seems discriminatory and is defiantly distasteful.

It didn’t take long for Forever 21 to issue a statement defending themselves and reversing their stance on the diet bars.

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A rep for Forever 21 responded with an official statement regarding the accusations of its costumers:

“From time to time, Forever 21 surprises our customers with free test products from third parties in their e-commerce orders. The freebie items in question were included in all online orders, across all sizes and categories, for a limited time and have since been removed. This was an oversight on our part and we sincerely apologize for any offense this may have caused to our customers, as this was not our intention in any way.”

While we’re glad that the potentially dangerous freebies will not be found in any unsuspecting packages from now on, we hope that Forever 21 learns from this misstep. When it comes to diet information and products, they should never be sent out unsolicited. Making observations about another’s body can have majorly unintended repercussions. Nobody should speak in a potentially negative way about another’s appearance or health. Diet and weight are personal, private and — frankly — no one else’s business.