Weight loss, weight gain and body image in general are subjects fraught with emotion for many people, and yet commenting on a person’s body size is still seen as fair game by some.
TV presenter and comedian Matt Lucas, for example, has opened up about being ‘thin-shamed’ by a stranger, who made some pretty rude comments about his appearance.
The Great British Bake Off star was watching his beloved team Arsenal beat Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London when he was stopped by a woman questioning about his recent weight loss.
‘Shout out to the lady who stopped me at football today to ask me why I’ve lost weight and to inform me I look a lot older’ Lucas posted on Twitter. ‘For the first time in my life, I think I’ve just been thin-shamed.’
shout out to the lady who stopped me at football today to ask me why i've lost weight and to inform me i look a lot older. for the first time in my life, i think i've just been thin-shamed.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) April 23, 2022
Although some followers suggested this was a ‘humble brag’ on Matt’s part, many more were annoyed on his behalf. ‘I just don’t understand why anyone thinks they should ever comment on someone else’s weight in either a positive or negative way,’ one follower said.
Lucas is far from the first celebrity to share their irritation at being publicly discussed and questioned after losing weight. Last year, Adele spoke to Oprah about the criticism she received following her 100lb weight loss.
‘I [wasn’t] shocked or even phased by it — my body has been objectified my entire career. Am I too big or am I too small, am I hot or not or whatever — I never looked up to anyone because of their body,’ Adele said.
‘I was body positive then and I’m body positive now,’ she added, ‘It’s not my job to validate how people feel about their bodies. I feel bad that it’s made anyone feel horrible about themselves, but that’s not my job.’