Bethenny Frankel has had her fill of those who criticize other people’s bodies. The Real Housewives of New York star says body shamers are themselves a horrible, unhappy, jealous mess.
Frankel is used to having her body criticized, but she is fed up with people who body shame anyone — big or small — and is speaking out on the issue. Bethenny tells Bravo’s Daily Dish that body shamers are cowards who hide behind their social media accounts while spewing nasty insults.
“Being cruel in any way is terrible and people are cowards because now the people have Instagram and Twitter, and you don’t have to see someone face-to-face. It’s just nasty. We’ve gone to a nasty place, and any shaming, of any sort … it’s terrible.”
Those on the receiving end of criticisms should consider the source of the offensive comments, maintains the RHONY star.
“It’s coming from people who are bad people. Jealous, miserable, unhappy people… So, my advice about body shaming or any shaming is to just understand that the person who said it is ignorant and not happy.”
Bethenny Frankel is no stranger to body shaming. The Skinnygirl mogul has faced relentless criticisms recently about her weight. Frankel went so far as to take time out of her interview while appearing as a guest on Access Hollywood earlier this month to step on a scale in order to quiet her critics.
Her latest advice to those facing criticism about their bodies comes after Frankel took issue with Dr. Terry Dubrow, joking about the Skinnygirl’s weight during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last week. When asked which Housewife Dr. Dubrow would like to have on Botched, his show about plastic surgery gone wrong, Terry said he’d love to have Bethenny on the show to just “feed her a little bit… she’s a little skinny girl for me.” Frankel immediately took to Twitter to bash the plastic surgeon for commenting on her frame.
So he's a "rich, busy & sucessful" md using his wife's reality show to comment on me bc he's bored? Irrelevant? fame hungry? Needs $?— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) April 14, 2015
Bethenny Frankel later walked back her Twitter rant about Terry Dubrow, saying she may have been a bit sensitive to the skinny-shaming that is running rampant these days, as Us Weekly reports.
“There’s been a whole thing lately with skinny-shaming — Kelly Clarkson with body-shaming and then Giuliana Rancic… I’m not gonna be like, ‘Oh god, people think I’m skinny, woe is me! Why me? Why me?’ I’m just not ready to get on that bandwagon. You know what, he didn’t mean it. It’s a joke. Everyone is very, very sensitive and I think that people who are overweight have a reason to be sensitive about it. It’s more sensitive. I’m not gonna complain. I am thin, I have a brand called Skinnygirl, and it’s okay.”
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