Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Body Positivity Post 3: Amy Schumer Outrage #JGTHBodyPositivity
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Body Positivity Post 3: Amy Schumer Outrage #JGTHBodyPositivity

4:00 AM

Before you decide not to read this post by the title, there’s a reason for talking about Amy Schumer today.  Last week I had quite the uproar on my personal Facebook page regarding something I shared that had to do with Amy Schumer and Serena Williams.  If you click here, this is the link I’m referring to.  Now you don’t have to like either Amy or Serena, you don’t have to like them as a person, you don’t have to like their sport/comedy, or anything of that nature.  Certain things Amy says are really out there however, she gets paid to do that.  So, what is bringing on this discussion?

Someone calling Amy a pig.

Now, I’m not defending Amy or anything like that and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  The reason why I was a little hurt by this was because when the person explained that it wasn’t just what comes out of Amy’s mouth, but what she also looks like (body and all) I thought to myself, wow I actually look like her in the picture, so it’s almost like they are inadvertently calling me a pig.  Something that I shared that was meant to be inspirational, started a negative discussion.  Let’s just say that the disagreement between this person along with myself and everyone who backed me up escalated.  I’m not one to fight on Facebook, especially if it is regarding people’s opinions (everyone is ENTITLED to their own, and I encourage people to explain their opposing argument so I can see it from someone else’s perspective, I’m a Libra, the scales, and very open to seeing both sides), but when you start saying your opinion is a fact is when I will approach the discussion differently.  Saying that Amy looks like a pig and that this is a fact is just downright mean and cruel.  Even though I’m sure Amy wouldn’t care about this one comment (I mean did you see the variety of comments when she posted this on her Instagram?), every girl who looked at this picture and thought wow this makes me feel like I can embrace my body too saw the cruel comments and either took it with a grain of salt, or were hurt by this.  In a world where celebrities are extremely fit or thin, it’s nice to every once in a while see a woman who is the same size as you, especially since she is definitely flaunting it and owning the skin that she’s in.  Or a woman who doesn’t fit the celebrity body norm.

See the thing is, is no one even read the article.  No one saw that Serena Williams is also in the article doing the same thing as Amy, the only difference is she’s all muscle because she’s an athlete.  But no one commented on what she looked like.  Instead of looking at all of the positives about both photos, there was only one picture that was focused on and in a negative way.

I shared the article in order to show more body positive women out there.  I didn’t share it because I like/dislike either of these women.  I didn’t share it to be controversial, nor did I share it to have negative comments.  In my opinion, I don’t have to like either Amy/Serena to appreciate what they are doing.  I don’t have to watch Tennis, or comedy to say that this spreads so much body positivity.  Normally when I see negative comments or offensive things I’ll either delete the comment or just ignore it, however this time was different.  This time I took it personally.  What Amy looks like in this picture is what I look like, extra fluff and all.  This picture, regardless if it was her or a celebrity I really dislike, makes me want to embrace my body even more.   Even if they did a photoshoot and showed women of all shapes and sizes, I would embrace my own body.  It takes guts to pose in front of a camera almost naked, KNOWING that millions of people in the world are going to see it.  Knowing that everyone will have their own opinion about it.

With all of this being said, I’d like to say thank you to the person who commented.  You started a discussion with many females who stated that this article and picture made them feel better about themselves.  You gave these women a voice to stand up for themselves and their bodies.  To the women who read my blog and are Facebook friends, I’d like to say you are beautiful no matter what.  Thank you for having the courage to talk about your weight struggle and learn from this!

P.S. If you want to join in on this movement/topic and don't have a blog just post on Instagram using the hashtag in the title #JGTHBodyPositivity or tag me @JerseyGirlTexanHeart I'd love to read your stories too!


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