“Pretty Little Liars” alum Lucy Hale has put the smackdown on her haters. The actress defended her look, claiming she is not too skinny.
The Lucy Hale body shaming controversy began when Hale posted a picture of herself on Twitter with the caption “Don’t go into the light, Carol Anne” (a line from the popular movie “Poltergeist”). Unfortunately, an internet troll took the picture as an opportunity to attack Hale.
“No straight men are signing off on that anorexic look -that’s for gay guys & fashionistas, we want you to please eat a hamburger,” said Twitter user Teddy Forte. Hale tweeted back an epic, angry response to the troll’s shaming comments.
“I am disgusted that a man would even think of saying these absolutely awful words to a woman. You should be ashamed of yourself,” Hale raged. “As someone who used to struggle with anorexia, I don’t take these comments lightly. Im healthy and happy and you don’t know me. So keep your repulsive comments to yourself.”
She also declared Forte “[j]ust another insecure man hiding behind a computer screen. Boy BYE.”
Perhaps Forte did not realize that Hale had struggled with eating disorders in the past. Or, perhaps Forte had the misconception that his shaming and homophobic comments somehow made for good humor. In any event, Hale used the Twitter fight as an opportunity to defend women against body shaming.
Hale emerged as one of the breakout stars of “Pretty Little Liars” back in 2009. Since then, she has amassed a sizable body of film and television work, and even segued into the music scene. Her album, “Road Between” peaked at No. four on the Billboard Country charts.