New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has faced a lot of criticism over the course of his career — whether due to his five Super Bowl victories, allegations of cheating, or even for kissing his son on the lips. But after the recent publication of photos showing a swimsuit-clad Brady kissing his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, on a beach in Costa Rica, the former league MVP and five-time Super Bowl champ is facing adversity of a different kind and one that’s all too familiar to women — body shaming.
Brady’s body became the subject of intense conversation on social media, as Twitter users described his body as doughy and “pliable” and other posters on Instagram questioned how the world would react if Bundchen had as much fat on her body as Brady does his. Some took issue with the fact that his abs aren’t chiseled into a perfect six-pack. Celebrity outlets such as TMZ also got in on the action, writing, “Tom Brady & Gisele are a sun-kissed couple and he proves you don’t have to be ripped to shreds to be the G.O.A.T.”
— John Sapochetti (@johnsap25) July 17, 2018
It’s not the first time, however, that Brady has faced criticism over his body. In a recent interview with GQ, he recalled being overlooked in the NFL draft due to concerns that he wasn’t tall enough or strong enough to play quarterback at an NFL level.
“I was the kid that was the 199th pick that never had the body for it,” said Brady. “People didn’t think I’d play one year in the NFL, and now I’m going on my 17th year.”
But the instances of men experiencing body-shaming are far and few between — not at all like what women in all walks of life face seemingly all the time in myriad situations. And anyway, Brady doesn’t look bad. A few years ago, “dad bod” was all the rage. Who knows? Maybe Brady will bring it back into vogue.
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