Sarah Michelle Gellar is under fire for a post she made … about Thanksgiving.
The legendary Buffy The Vampire Slayer star shared her resolve to not overeat on Thanksgiving.
Some of her followers put her on blast, accusing her of promoting eating disorders. She has now apologized.
41-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar has taken some steamy photoshoots during her time.
She shared some pics from a Maxim shoot she did in 2007 on Instagram.
Though she looks great in lingerie, it’s her caption that landed her in hot water.
“I’m just going to pin these up all over my house,” she shared.
Her caption continued, explaining that she would do so: “as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep”
Was she joking? Almost certainly. But people didn’t care for it.
“Your caption is problematic and I suggest you do some research on eating disorders,” wrote one commenter.
They continued: “the mental health issues that go along with them, and how diet culture is harmful to women.”
“Girls look up to you,” that same commenter explained. “And you should be mindful of the message you’re sending.”
“How empowering for women!” another wrote sarcastically. “Disappointing to use your platform to promote thinspiration on a once a year holiday.”
This displeased fan continued to note that Thanksgiving is an occassion “that should be about togetherness and gratitude.”
Others, however, were totally onboard with Gellar’s post. Maybe a little too enthusiastically, in some cases.
“Thank you for promoting a healthy lifestyle!” wrote one. “You can enjoy Thanksgiving without going crazy!!”
We’re not saying that that commenter has an eating disorder, but … that looks like a comment that someone with an eating disorder would make.
“You are gorgeous and you have the right to post whatever you want,” another commenter affirmed.
“I applaud your hard work to look like you do and should be able to joke around,” they wrote.
They continued: “People need to stop caring so much about what you post or say about yourself and focus on themselves.”
So … who is right?
None of those comments really rubbed us the right way.
Gellar is more than welcome to post photos of her own body and share that it’s inspiration.
(She was definitely joking with her post, but some people really do use inspirational images to help keep them focused)
That said, it is a good idea to be conscious of the ways in which people misuse “thinspiration” images in self-destructive starvation diets.
Also, if you’re not overeating on Thanksgiving of all days, it’s kind of weird. Even if you’re an actress.
That one comment thanking her for promoting a “healthy lifestyle” reminds us of this one post made by someone who definitely has an eating disorder.
It was a forum post in which a woman wrote that feeding children apple pie at the holidays is a mistake, because it normalizes the eating of apples.
If someone views apples as “empty carbs,” they probably need professional help of one form or another.
At the same time, Gellar didn’t deserve the backlash.
She wasn’t telling anyone to follow her example.
Though she really didn’t need to explain herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar did speak up — and even apologize.
“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,” Gellar writes.
“I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach,” she shares. “And I tend to eat so much I make myself sick.”
“This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that,” she shares.
“I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor,” Gellar laments.
“Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis,” she concludes. “I am a champion of all people.”
It’s understandable that those who have recovered from ED would be sensitive to her words, but sad that she felt like she had to apologize for living her life.
Whether she was dusting vampires during our childhood or voicing the Seventh Sister on Star Wars Rebels, Gellar’s always been a delight.
She gets to enjoy Thanksgiving as much or as little as she chooses.
But hey, at least this is better than that time that people accused her of “abuse” when she had done nothing of the sort.