The modern phenomenon of ‘body-shaming’ has arisen as a consequence of the open nature of the internet and the popularity of sites such as YouTube and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. The practice is particularly prevalent when it comes to heavier individuals, many of whom have come into criticism on the internet from those who dislike their size, their attitude to their size, and how they present themselves to the world. This manifests itself most often in negative comments towards larger people posting about their eating habits and what they’re wearing, in particular when heavier women post videos and photographs of themselves wearing bikinis. Many people are uncomfortable with such images and lash out against them, sometimes in the most pernicious, unfeeling ways.
YouTube star Loey Lane has had enough of this. In this brilliant new video, she explains why it’s not OK to body-shame larger girls. She puts forward a strong, well-argued case. Whatever your views on the issue, you can’t argue this video really makes you think. Is it really OK to shame people just for what they’re wearing? We’ll let Loey explain why it most definitely is not.