When you’re a celebrity on social media, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ll be a target for keyboard warriors. While cyber bullying is never acceptable, some say it’s part and parcel of giving the world an AAA pass to your private life. But, what happens when you can’t take another inflammatory or off-topic message? You fight back.
In 2019, these celebrities refused to hide behind their Instagram handles and hit back at online trolls with serious fighting talk.
Jlo uploaded this incredible photo of her abs Instagram, but the eagle-eyed fans began to freaked out and cry Photoshop Fail as suspicious-looking chunk has been taken out of her side. Plus, some even claimed her abs were real (c’mon people).
‘Definately [sp] photoshop,’ wrote one person. ‘I see you got a bite in your waist,’ another said.
But J.Lo quickly jumped in on the comments and shut photo-altering accusations down quickly. “Omg…Just a smudge on the mirror…lol…not photoshop,’ she wrote, followed by the best hashtags ever: ‘#lordblessthehaters #gymrat #youshouldtryit”#wishtherewasphotoshopforhate’
2. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham has shared the ins and outs of her pregnancy and always kept it real. So, when one follower decided to comment on an Instagram video of her in a bikini to say that her ‘baby bump’ was ‘looking good,’ she didn’t hold back one bit in her response. ‘That’s just called fat,’ she wrote in a fierce reply.
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3. Lady Gaga
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I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga
Lady Gaga‘s performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017 was outstanding but trolls will be trolls, and took to Twitter to body shamer the singer instead. Gaga snapped back at the haters in an Instagram post a few days later.
‘I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do,” she wrote. “I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.’
4. Hilaria Baldwin
Actress and yoga teacher Hilaria Baldwin has revealed the ruthless online trolling she’s experienced, via a series of Instagram stories.
Baldwin – who revealed that she had miscarried earlier this month after previously losing a pregnancy earlier this year – shared how she had received numerous cruel comments from trolls who have allegedly been attacking her for telling her story of baby loss.
In response to the trolls, Baldwin’s stories said:
‘Losing a baby at any stage is rock bottom,’ she wrote.
‘Rock bottom sucks,’ she continued. ‘But rock bottom is also eye-opening. Because you understand and have experienced true pain. It makes the trolls seem even smaller than they usually are. Because no words they can use can ever compare to what you have lost.’
She continued to say that people who choose to ‘bully’ women who’ve suffered miscarriages, ‘are bringing a cruelty to the world that is wrong. You are contributing to feelings of shame, fear, insufferable pain.’
And that ‘because of societal pressure, most of us stay silent. And this can be one of the loneliest pains possible’.
Baldwin said her decision to be candid about her miscarriage came as a gesture of ‘love and support’ to women who have experienced the same pain.
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5. Shay Mitchell
Actress Shay Mitchell recently gave birth to her first daughter, Atlas Noa, with boyfriend Matte Babel.
In her latest Instagram post, she shared a glam photo of herself breastfeeding baby Atlas, and she looks gorgeous.’Breast friends,’ she captioned her post.
While most were here for it, Mitchell received some hate from one particular follower.
‘I’m a fan of her, but this picture just says it’s an attention getter.
She’s not even looking at the baby, she’s not connected with the baby she’s connected with the camera,’ they commented.
To which Shay clapped back, ‘I missed the part in the baby
books that stated I had to maintain eye contact with my daughter while she feeds rather than capturing an amazing moment we were having. Pls let me know where I can download your parenting manual, I’ll get right on it!’
6. Kayla Itsines
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“You’re too skinny”, “You need to lift”, “You will struggle to have kids”…. you name it, I have heard it. But do I let these comments affect me in any way? Not at all. Bullying online or in person is something that I absolutely DO NOT tolerate 🙅🏽♀️. Not for myself, my family and DEFINITELY not for the #BBGcommunity. To anyone who has ever been bullied or is currently struggling with bullies, hear this. When someone says something hurtful to you, it is a reflection of themselves and how they feel – NOT you! Rather than directing your anger at them (and I know this is easier said than done), try to empathise with them. Learn about their circumstances. WHY did they say what they said? WHAT do they have going on in their personal situation? WHO made them think that it’s okay to talk to people that way? The more you understand the person who has bullied you, the more you can understand why they said what they did. Now, empathy does not necessarily mean forgiveness and it is not about acknowledging that they are right in any way. Nor does it give power to their actions. What it DOES do is help you to understand that when someone bullies you, it is often NOT as a result of your actions. So ladies, if someone says anything to you (online OR in real life), try not to take it to heart. You are NOT the problem. Know that the person bullying you most likely has problems of their own and is just taking it out on you. Be STRONG. Keep your head UP. Don’t let them bring you down!! 👊🏽
Being the mega successful founder of the BBG workout plan and having a following of 11million plus on Instagram alone, Kayla Itsines is used to hearing from plenty of fans. The flipside? Becoming the target of nasty online behaviour.
‘You’re too skinny’, ‘You need to lift’, ‘You will struggle to have kids’…. you name it, I have heard it,’ she wrote on the caption.
‘But do I let these comments affect me in any way? Not at all. Bullying online or in person is something that I absolutely DO NOT tolerate 🙅🏽♀️. Not for myself, my family and DEFINITELY not for the #BBGcommunity. ‘
She went on to explain how she thinks about those who exhibit this sort of behaviour. ‘When someone says something hurtful to you, it is a reflection of themselves and how they feel – NOT you! Rather than directing your anger at them (and I know this is easier said than done), try to empathise with them.’
‘Learn about their circumstances. WHY did they say what they said? WHAT do they have going on in their personal situation? WHO made them think that it’s okay to talk to people that way? The more you understand the person who has bullied you, the more you can understand why they said what they did.’
Her final word?
‘Be STRONG. Keep your head UP. Don’t let them bring you down!! 👊🏽 ‘
7. Iskra Lawrence
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✨😝I'm sorry I couldn't help myself…This is for anyone who has ever been called FAT. Thanks for the inspirational words on a recent pic @zseanzbrown 👇🏼 "Fat cow. It's only cus every F****r on this planet is obese that that's the norm… Plus-size models? give me a F*****g breaking. Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald's, the NHS is f****d because of people like her eating too many bags of crisps." Opinions are like arseholes – everyone's got one🙌 thanks to the dream team for making this happen at work today 📸 by @ricktphoto @mandywinrow @nickigillonstylist
Iskra Lawrence responsed to being fat shammed by taking to Instagram to share an image of herself covered in bags of crisps, seriously ahem, enjoying herself.
The caption to go with the snap read:
‘I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself…This is for anyone who has ever been called FAT.
‘Thanks for the inspirational words on a recent pic @zseanzbrown:
“Fat cow. It’s only cus every F****r on this planet is obese that that’s the norm… Plus-size models? give me a F*****g breaking. Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald’s, the NHS is f****d because of peoplelike her eating too many bags of crisps.”
‘Opinions are like a**eholes – everyone’s got one.’
She was also quick to mention: ‘I do not condone
binge eating. I eat whatever I want in moderation. I will eat crisps,
but I’ll also make healthy home cooked meals and work out regularly.
‘The message is: Who gives a F what anyone else thinks of you? YOU are the only one who decides your self-worth.’
8. Ianthe Rose
Model Ianthe Rose was another celeb that clapped back at online trolling in the best way.
The 24-year-old beauty posted a snap to her Instagram of her
pre-pilates, cooking up a storm – so far so good – when someone decided to inform her she needed to do more squats.
The Insta-troll wrote: ‘You need more squats because that booty flat’.
Ianthe had some choice words for her follower…
‘I’m only dignifying this puerile comment with a reply because it’s
something I feel incredibly strongly about. I don’t see where you get
off determining how a woman SHOULD look.
‘Luckily you have chosen to body-shame on a woman who is comfortable in her own skin, so much so that petty comments like these will never phase me. However, with all the unrealistic beauty standards out there, there are women who unfortunately will listen and I would much rather spend my time praising and building the confidence of these individuals rather than going out of my way to pick out, what I personally have chosen to perceive, as their flaws.
‘If these are the standards you have set, you are, deservedly, going to be a very lonely man and I feel sorry for you’
9. Khloe Kardashian
It all started when Khloe shared a photo of herself and Kris Jenner, with a sweet caption about how much she adores and appreciates her mum.
She wrote: ‘♚ You are a Queen who has raised multiple mini Queens still trying to be as strong and fabulous as you are! I will love you more and more everyday Until the end of time ♚.’
Cute, right? Well, one person didn’t appreciate the loving caption, and decided to instead accuse her of editing her pictures.
The user commented, ‘would you keep IG if all photo editing apps were gone forever??? Lol’, to which Khloe sassily replied, ‘would you? Sometimes I wonder why people comment if it adds no value to ones life? Maybe I’m just different…but I don’t care to be negative or passive aggressive. Our world is toxic enough as it is. It’s sad people care to criticize something like an editing app. Let it go babes. Say something nice or just let it go. How does this serve you love?’
After another user implied that she had edited this particular photo, Khloe replied:
‘But babe, how are you saying I Photoshopped my face if you really don’t [know]? Did you alter this photo? I just don’t understand how people are positive about certain things. But also I don’t see how that affects anybody else’s day. I believe everybody is beautiful in a multitude of ways! But by all means I don’t think anything on the outside makes us beautiful. My soul radiates kindness, beauty, love etc. You have no idea how proud I am of myself for everything that I’ve been through and I still radiate love! The outside is whatever we want to make it (makeup, diet, hair color, clothing) but my soul is what I’m taking with me.’
10. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen is not one to shy away from snapping back, coming out with some of favourite shut downs of all time. Back in September 2018, Teigen constructed the perfect response to an Instagram commenter who said her short haircut made her face ‘look huge.’
Teigen replied, ‘Honestly wow thank you because when I wake up each morning I wonder what @bcnjw would do and then I try to make her happy so this was a mistake on my part.’
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.