Selena Gomez’s emotional live video is a reminder to stop commenting on other people’s bodies
Selena Gomez has talked openly about her diagnosis of lupus for several years now. We’ve seen her take breaks from music and acting because of it, and she’s even gotten a kidney transplant from the organ damage the autoimmune disorder caused. With all of the changes Gomez has gone through, she continues to push forward and attend celebrity events when she is able.
But once again, the focus of her latest red carpet walk at the Golden Globe Awards was her body. Not because she looked stunning in her gown—which she did. No, it was because she gained a few pounds. Gomez has been in the spotlight since she was a child on “Barney & Friends,” then later on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She’s 30 years old now, and that alone should be reason enough for people to expect her to have more curves.
Since Gomez has spoken publicly about her lupus and bipolar disorder, it seems like people would be kinder and expect that her medications may cause weight fluctuations. Instead, people wrote articles about the state of her body and folks on the internet decided to leave comments about it. This led to the singer addressing the body shaming in an emotional TikTok live.
In the live video, she explained what happens when she takes her medication. “[When I’m taking it, I] tend to hold a lot of water weight, and that happens very normally. When I’m off of it, I tend to lose weight.” During the video, Gomez got emotional, saying, “My medications are important and I believe they are what helps me. Not a model, never will be. And I think they’re awesome, mind you. I’m just definitely not that.”
It’s a wild thing to watch unfold. This isn’t the first time Gomez has had to come out and talk about her weight gain. It just makes you wonder why we are still commenting on people’s bodies. Unless you’re a person’s medical provider and they’ve come to you asking why they’ve gained weight or how to lose it, then maybe we should collectively keep those thoughts inside the thought box.
So many people experience different things in life, and some of them cause our bodies to look different than what others may be used to. But commenting on what has changed about someone’s body can cause harm that exceeds hurt feelings.
Studies show that body shaming can cause depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders and more weight gain. Having someone give unsolicited commentary on your body just doesn’t feel good, and celebrities are getting that experience times millions.
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Fans of the actor have come to her defense on social media. One of them took to Twitter, writing, “The fact that selena felt like she had to go on a live and explain that when she takes medical for her illness she gains weight after being bodyshamed [sic] and asked why she looks different… like i feel so bad for her she looked so upset.”
“I just want people to know that you’re beautiful, and you’re wonderful,” Gomez said. “Yeah, we have days where maybe we feel like s—, but I would rather be healthy and take care of myself. My medications are important, and I believe that they’re what helps me.”
Gomez ended the live thanking her fans for their support and telling the haters to go away, saying, “I’m perfect the way I am.”
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