Alicia Silverstone's powerful TikTok video on how body shaming put her off acting

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
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Actor Alicia Silverstone just replied to a TikTok video which calls out those who body shamed her following the release of her 1997 movie, Batman & Robin. TikTok user @foreversymone created a clip demanding 'Justice for Batgirl' and took a deep-dive into an especially awful article written about Alicia at the time of the film's debut.

One particularly cruel line focusses on the Clueless star's weight and refers to her as "Babe the Pig" and saw her harshly nicknamed "Fatgirl". As Forever Symone breaks down all the awful body shaming that was directed towards Alicia, in her duet of the clip, Alicia can be seen reacting by nodding along in agreement.

"Y'all have her f*cked up," says the TikTok user, bringing up a photo of the article. "The headline literally reads 'A Weighty Issue' and in this article they compare her to Babe the Pig, all for having a full-figured face. They were obsessed with her weight... All she did was breathe!"

Alicia then can be heard saying "Excuse me?!", "Yes" and "I love you!" in response, further affirming how spot on Forever Symone is with her observations.

Forever Symone then adds, "As a fat woman who grew up obsessed with Clueless, who grew up obsessed with this movie that is pure camp, it just makes me very frustrated to know that… she couldn't have been more than 130 [pounds] and they were straight-up ripping on her constantly over this."

She then ends her impassioned video by demanding that certain US publications apologise to Alicia for their previously cruel words.

In a former interview, Alicia herself opened up about the impact that media commentary such as this had on her as a young person, and how it saw her actively choose to step away from Hollywood.

"It was really just extreme how I was being talked to and talked about," she revealed in an interview with The Guardian last year. "I think I just got really turned off by it."

Alicia added, "They would make fun of my body when I was younger. It was hurtful but I knew they were wrong. I wasn't confused. I knew that it was not right to make fun of someone's body shape, that doesn't seem like the right thing to be doing to a human.

"I didn't say 'fuck you' and come out like a warrior but I would just walk away and go, 'OK I know what that is and I'm done, I'm not going near that again'... I stopped loving acting for a very long time."

It's amazing that Alicia is speaking out now. Here's hoping that no other actor has to go through a similar experience in future.

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