While body shaming is more often associated with women, men also fall victim to uninvited and not-so-constructive criticism about the way they look. Just ask Chris Pratt, the most recent celebrity victim of online bullying.
The 37-year-old recently shared a slew of Instagram videos about all the healthy snacks he has been noshing on during the filming of “Jurassic World 2,” using the hashtag #WHATSMYSNACK. The posts are meant to poke fun at celebrity movie diets, which Pratt shows include things like baobab, banana, cacao and chia smoothies, “manly” apples and “cat food” (sliced sashimi) packaged individually with instructions on when to eat.
While most of Pratt’s Instagram commenters got the joke, others focused on his physique and made rude comments that he was too thin. Rather than ignore the online trolls, the actor used the opportunity to shed some light on the very real problem of male body shaming.
“So many people have said I look too thin in my recent episodes of #WHATSMYSNACK,” the star wrote on Instagram. “Some have gone as far as to say I look ‘skeletal.’ Well, just because I am a male doesn’t mean I’m impervious to your whispers. Body shaming hurts.”
To keep the conversation lighthearted and, well, Pratt-y, he chose a fitting photo to accompany his body-confident message. “To prove my security in the way I look I’m posting a current selfie of me at what I consider a very healthy weight. 500 lbs. Zero percent body fat. Totally JK guys. This is a T Rex skull. Nailed you so bad. Omg.”
This isn’t the first time Pratt has taken some flack for his physical appearance. Before the actor famously slimmed down for the first installment of the “Jurassic Park” reboot, shedding 60 pounds in six months with the help of personal trainer Duffy Gaver, he lost out on a major movie role in “Moneyball” because he was “too fat.” He told Vanity Fair in February 2017 that the incident inspired him to get into shape, which he did by “all running and crash-dieting and cutting alcohol” because he “couldn’t afford a trainer.”
While the media tends to focus on women-centric body-shaming incidents, a surprising number of men are feeling the wrath of negativity as well. In fact, a recent survey concluded that 62 percent of men had been body shamed by their partners, compared to only 32 percent of women. The most common criticisms were “lack of muscle definition,” “being fat” and “being too skinny.”
While men tend to appear more thick-skinned about body shaming, it doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering. A 2013 study conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln concluded that men are severely impacted by body-image issues, and those who feel shame about their bodies are less likely to be hopeful about social and romantic relationships.
While Pratt clearly isn’t letting the online trolls dampen his mood, his message is a good reminder that critiquing someone else’s body — regardless of body type or gender — is never the right thing to do.
What Do YOU Think?
How did Chris Pratt handle his body shamers? Do you think body shaming is as big an issue for men as it is for women? What are some appropriate ways to respond to someone who criticizes your body?