Sarah Michelle Gellar has apologized to followers on social media for a Thanksgiving post in which she shared pictures of herself in lingerie that she said were serving as “a reminder not to overeat” during the holiday. On Instagram, fans of the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer star took exception to the message, accusing the actress of body shaming and sending a “problematic” message to young girls struggling to deal with destructive notions of female beauty.
“Please consider rewording this, there’s nothing wrong with eating or being something other than skinny. And this post is a great way to trigger people’s eating disorders,” wrote one Instagram user.
“I suggest you do some research on eating disorders, the mental health issues that go along with them, and how diet culture is harmful to women,” added another. “Girls look up to you, and you should be mindful of the message you’re sending.”
Other fans of the actress defended her from the criticism.
“As a former anorexic and bulimic, I don’t see any harm or malice in the post. She looks amazing and shouldn’t be shamed for looking that way,” wrote one supporter.
In a statement, Gellar clarified that the post was meant as a joke and that she had no intention to shame anyone.
“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post. That could not be further from my intentions,” said Gellar. “I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that. I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Anyone that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ anyone on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”
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