Lili Reinhart Claps Back After Critics Say Speaking Out About Her Weight Insecurities Isn’t “Subversive”
Lili Reinhart, we thought you knew *never* to read the comments! Just a few hours after the Riverdale actress opened up about depression-caused weight gain and insecurity on the set of her CW show being compared to her “chiseled” costars, Lili had to respond to haters who said that her comments weren’t valid because she still fits into what the masses would consider “attractive.”
She’s still white and thin, her body type is completely societally accepted; there is nothing subversive about this or her. And what, she went from size 0 to a size 2? Come on,” one commenter wrote, while another said, “‘I’m still conventionally hot and slim, but I can gain a few pounds and still remain hot and rich’. Everyone can have feelings about their bodies, but not contextualizing or being self aware about where they fit in the wide spectrum of body diversity is a YIKES from me bro.”
But when Lili saw those comments, she decided to respond and say that it’s those kinds of responses that make it hard for people to speak out about their insecurities.
“How sad is it that I come forward about my insecurities and people have the audacity to tell me that my feelings aren’t valid,” she wrote alongside a video scrolling through the comments of NYLON’s Instagram post reporting on her initial tweets. “People like this, the ones who leave these ignorant comments, are the reason why people don’t speak out and end up struggling alone. Shame on you.”
While it’s true that Lili has an immense amount of privilege, it’s important to remember that this is someone who has also been public about dealing with body dysmorphia and an eating disorder. So, while she may seem “thin” to you, she still *is* struggling with her body and it’s not up to anyone to tell her that she doesn’t have the right to feel the way she does. That said, it’s always a good reminder that white, cisgender people with money are typically exempt from a very specific type of body-shaming that others have to go through. It’s always good to examine your own privilege, but no one should feel like they’re not allowed to be depressed or dysmorphic because of it.