Charlie Puth Claps Back at Internet Trolls After Body-Shaming Comments Go Viral

Edward Cooper
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American singer, songwriter and record producer Charlie Puth clapped back at internet trolls commenting on his body earlier this week after paparazzi photos emerged of him walking around his neighbourhood topless.

The pap photos of the 29-year-old hitmaker were published on JustJared's Instagram page, with the caption reading "@charlieputh showed off his fit body after a workout in Los Angeles". Unfortunately, the post attracted hundreds of body-shaming comments — including "define fit?", "eww I don't see the appeal" and "where is the fit body" — from other accounts, prompting Puth to respond directly to the comments on Twitter.

"Hey just a very quick reminder that it’s not cool to body shame anyone," he wrote to his 3.2M followers. "Not entirely sure what the purpose of it is. Sorry I don’t have an 8 pack like damn......"

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The negative responses to Puth's photo aren't anything new. In 2019, pictures of Jason Momoa — who, as DC Comics' Aquaman, is almost always in good shape — was on the business end of body-shaming comments. After pictures of Momoa relaxing on vacation with his wife, Lisa Bonet, were published, a tirade of unsavoury comments on his post-Aquaman body ignited a conversation around the dialogue of male bodies and, with it, the very real issue of body-shaming.

Asked by TMZ if he was bothered by the comments, Momoa responded with a typically low-key "not at all," and that he'd recently really enjoyed some Guinness cake at his 40th birthday party, and joked that we could see more of his now-famous "dad bod" soon.

In 2019, after US late-night host Bill Maher claimed that fat-shaming could be a useful tool in preventing obesity, James Corden responded to the comments by saying "there’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we’re not. We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it. I've had good days, and bad months. I've basically been on and off diets for as long as I can remember, and well, here's how it's going... We’re not all as lucky as Bill Maher, you know, we don’t all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day."

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