Ariel Winter is not one to take internet trolls lying down! After the Modern Family star posted an innocent Instagram of herself in a bikini with her six-year-old nieces, comments on the snap focused more on Ariel’s body than the fun throwback. Attacking a female celebrity for her body shape is depressingly not unusual, but these trolls took things way too far, even accusing Ariel of “asking for it”.
Let’s get some context here. Ariel was on holiday, on a boat, wearing a bikini. Perfectly normal, right? She was also posing with her young nieces, not to mention the fact that Ariel herself is only 17 years old and has recently undergone a breast reduction. We think it’s safe to say she was in no way “asking for it”.
Ariel was so disgusted by the comments that she took to Instagram to hit back at the keyboard warriors. Posting a picture of a woman’s legs marked with terms like “slut” and “provocative”, she urged her followers not to give in to the trolls.
“Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this?” she captioned the snap, “The height of a girl's skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for… You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don't you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing”. We hear that!
When speaking about her breast reduction surgery, Ariel told People magazine that “it made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects. Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs at an Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by”.
Young female celebrities are sick of sitting back and letting their bodies be objectified over their talent. Take a look at Ariana Grande's sexist radio encounter, or Jennifer Lawrence’s incredible response to her nude photo leak. Zendaya, Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg have also hit back at misogynists this year, with hundreds of others backing up their cause.
It’s not just celebrities, either; Dounia and Mina are two New York teens taking over social media with their message of body positivity, while Instafamous Essena O’Neill ditched the world of likes and shares for “real life”.
Is the backlash for good this time? Trolls will always hide behind computer screens and women will probably always be objectified, but at least now we’re all taking a stand together. Shut it down, Ariel.