This Tuesday, Britney Spears caused an uproar after she reposted a quote that alleged that the “only” way to “look thing” is to “hang out with fat people.”
“I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people,” read the message. And in the caption alongside the quote, Britney also mentioned Christina Aguilera’s dancers, alleging she would’ve looked “extremely small” onstage had they been supporting her.
Britney Spears Body-Shames Christina Aguilera’s Dancers, Turns A Deaf Ear To Backlash
“I wish I could have chosen the nannies for my children … my dancers … I mean if I had Christina Aguilera’s dancers I would have looked extremely small,” she wrote. “I mean why not talk about it ?? Don’t you think my confidence would have been a bit better if I could choose where I lived, ate, whom I called on the phone, dated and who was on stage with me !!!” she questioned.
“It’s hard sometimes now I see how much of my womanhood was stripped away at that time and every person sat back and didn’t say a thing !!! Anyways … I will be here talking bout things people NEVER talked about,” she added. And in just moments of the post going live, Britney’s message was met with massive backlash, with many calling out the “disgusting” message.
One user wrote, “This meme is disgusting! How dare you post this for millions of young girls to read.”
Followed by, “What the f*** is this? Fatphobia? Why would you want to take up less space after what you’ve been through? Why would you want to put anyone down or make anyone feel small? Use your platform responsibly. Do better,” another user added.
Many even went as far as to say they had unfollowed Britney as a result of the post, while others shared it was a very damaging post for those who experience eating disorders. Christina herself had even unfollowed Britney as well.
After all the heat, Britney decided to address the backlash.
“By no means was I being critical of Christina’s beautiful body, it is what it is !!! I flew to see her show once and the main thing I noticed was the difference of our people on stage !!!” she wrote in a separate Instagram post.
Britney went on to reveal how her post was a “projection” of her insecurities, which she said stemmed from her years spent living under her conservatorship.
“To be honest, I’m not trying to be critical of anybody. What I posted is a projection of the insecurities I deal with all the time as a result of how my parents and the media have treated me,” she wrote.
“I would never intentionally body shame anybody because I know what it feels like … I struggle with this because of how I feel about myself, not because I hate how anybody looks,” she continued.
“I feel like my family knew I was insecure and people were trying to purposefully feed into this insecurity by not letting me have a choice in the people who were on stage with me,” she said.
Britney ended the post by expressing her thanks her appreciation to her fans for supporting her as she comes to terms with her “new life” post-conservatorship. “I appreciate you all being understanding with me as I figure out this new life I’m living,” she wrote.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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