Repeat after us, Kim Kardashian: Just because you have gay best friends, doesn’t give you the right to make homophobic comments. During a radio interview with Real 92.3 on August 9, Kim defended her recent problematic comments about model Tyson Beckford, saying “All my best friends are gay, I support the community, I love the community, they love me.”
This all started when Beckford said Kim’s body is “not real,” going on to claim that that her “doctor f-cked up on [your] right hip.” Kim replied with, “Sis we all know why you don’t care for it.”
Clapping back at body shamers doesn’t give you a free pass on homophobia, Kimmy. Beckford’s comment were inexcusable, but that doesn’t make it OK to shame him for his sexuality. And then to backtrack with the tired “all my best friends are gay” excuse? WHEN? WILL? YOU? LEARN?
Now, Kim, we all know you seem to be pretty OK with being problematic—case in point: you recently glorified anorexia and have culturally appropriated Black culture on *multiple* occasions—but there are much better ways to respond to body-shamers.
Herewith, a crash course in well-executed clapbacks, courtesy of three women who do it right all the damn time.
Make ’em laugh, like Chrissy Teigen
In true Chrissy T. fashion, the model, cookbook author and all-around unfiltered hero shut down body-shaming trolls who shaded her pregnant bod with a photo of her cooking topless with salad emojis covering her nipples and a sassy caption saying, “plz don’t shame me I am a strong proud salad making woman just being natural and trying to live my life.” God, I love this woman.
Love your body, like Ashley Graham
In a 2016 post on her Instagram, model and body positivity activist Ashley Graham showed off her cellulite and stretch marks in a bathing suit pic and had all of us bowing down. She talked about learning to love her bod, saying, “Someone once told me my thighs were ‘cellulite city.’ But I now realize these thighs tell a story of victory and courage. I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you. #beautybeyondsize #effyourbeautystandards”
When in doubt, use a meme
When trolls on social media *couldn’t* stop commenting about Rihanna’s weight last year, she responded in the best way possible: by posting a hilarious meme of Gucci Mane on her Insta with a crying face emoji in the caption. Enough said.
So, Kim: the next time someone shades you about your bod, reply with humour and heart—not hate.