Ronda Rousey has established a reputation for toughness and confidence, but recently admitted to being deeply offended by a rude comment about her weight. Famous for her fighting prowess and her muscular physique, Rousey has the goods to back up her official threat to anyone else who dares to criticize her body.
“I swear to God, if anyone calls me fat one more time in my life, I’m going to kill them.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Ronda Rousey revealed that the comment came during a fitting for a commercial she was scheduled to shoot. Somebody on staff made a note about her body that Rousey took so personally that she decided to gain weight before filming just to spite the person. She had actually planned to lose a few pounds before showing up on set.
“But because somebody said something really rude to me, I came into the shoot purposely way heavier,” said Ronda Rousey.
When asked if the film crew brought up the issue of her weight again, Ronda Rousey assured, “Oh, hell no. And the campaign ended up being amazing, even though I was heavier just to make a point.”
Ronda Rousey has become a role model for both men and women, positively representing masculinity and femininity, all while keeping a down-to-earth persona and a willingness to participate in an array of side projects. So when Ronda Rousey threatens those who call her fat, she’s likely less offended for her own sake, and more for the millions of women who face criticism everyday for how they look.
This week, the internet is flooded with support for Rousey’s defiant opposition to body shaming, both in Hollywood and in every day life.
— Complex (@ComplexMag) October 9, 2015
According to Time, Ronda Rousey did struggle with body image issues growing up, mostly due to the limited range of female body types represented in film and television. Society isn’t traditionally appreciative of strong women who are more interested in building muscle than staying slim. Ronda Rousey even faced obstacles in her own field of competitive fighting, having to deal with weight restrictions keeping her from participating in judo tournaments.
But these days both Ronda Rousey herself and her ever-growing fan base seem more comfortable with an atypical female physique than ever before.
“If I can represent that body type of women that isn’t represented so much in media, then I’d be happy to do that.”
As for the company that reportedly insulted Ronda, the UFC fighter wouldn’t reveal which commercial it was that provoked her to gain weight on purpose. However, she did hint that her breasts are bigger in this particular sponsorship ad than any shoot she’s done before. This led the New York Times to assume it was the Carl’s Jr. commercial crew that was guilty of calling Ronda Rousey fat, because her cleavage is heavily featured in the ad.
You can watch the end result in the video below.
This isn’t the first time Ronda Rousey had to deal with unexpected rudeness. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Ronda recently revealed that Justin Bieber snubbed her sister, claiming that he had taken so many photos with fans that day that he couldn’t squeeze in one more. Read more about why Ronda Rousey is no longer a Bieber fan here.
What do you think of Ronda Rousey’s rebellious refusal to lose weight for somebody else’s sake? What would you have done in her position?