The star of This Is Us, Chrissy Metz, has spoken about body shaming celebrities like Kesha and Lady Gaga, and what she said is so darn important.
Basically everyone we know is obsessed with This Is Us, the brilliant family drama on NBC that is turning us all into emotional wrecks every Tuesday night. Starring Mandy Moore and Gilmore Girls star Milo Ventimiglia, the show has also made new stars out of its other actors, including Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate Pearson. Metz’s character has been the subject of much speculation regarding her weight, and whether she has to lose weight under contract for the show.
Metz, who has been praised outside of the show for her body positivity, has also opened up about her mental health struggles, too, proving that she’s one tough and inspiring lady.
However, now Chrissy Metz has some choice words for people body shaming celebrities.
Speaking to SiriusXM host Jenny Hutt during her “Just Jenny” show, Metz spoke up about her outrage over the body shaming that goes on towards actors and celebrities, whether they’re being told their “too thin” or “too fat.”
“It’s concerning because it’s more about the mental, being unhealthy mentally and emotionally. That’s what’s concerning. I don’t know their plight, I don’t know their issues and it’s very easy to say “oh she’s too skinny” or you hear people say that I’m too fat or I’m too whatever,” she said. “So I would hope that there’s conversations about it. Hopefully it’s not an issue… I know Kesha was given so much grief about her weight, and like she looks great! Leave her alone. And she’s healthy.”
“Ok, that made me bonkers, bananas, crazy. How is someone fat if they’re not fat? I want to see someone else get on that damn stage and do what she did!” the actor said. “I think what happens and really what the core of the issue is that we project all of our stuff and our crap onto other people. And if we’re really genuinely happy with ourselves and love ourselves, you can’t talk shit about other people. You can’t be hateful because you love yourself.
“And we are extensions of each other. We are all connected.”
Chrissy Metz also told host Jenny Hutt that she was glad that actors like Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Gabby Sidibe, and other “unconventional” women were pioneering the way so that “art is finally catching up to life.”
“I love that with Melissa it is never an issue about her weight, it’s like “you’re freaking hilarious and talented let’s talk about that,” she said. “So eventually I think that will happen for me. And right now I think it’s so important that we’re having these conversations because when you’re knowledgeable about something the fear goes away, and so many people are, like, afraid of fat people. It’s crazy and I hate to say that, but until we educate people, until we figure out what the real issue is people are going to be afraid of it.”
Listen to Chrissy Metz’s radio interview below.