15 Celebrities Who’ve Given Haters The Middle Finger
by Faith Brar
People can be mean, especially in the hateful, troll-infested waters we call social media. Celebrities fall victim to this flack often, and it’s never pretty; though some choose to ignore the hateful words (don’t blame them), some stand up for themselves and give their haters a taste of their own medicine. See how some of our favorite celebrities gracefully respond to those who judge them for their bodies, race and sexual orientation.
Back in 2007, tabloids criticized Banks for appearing curvier than usual in a one piece swimsuit. Using her talk show as a medium, the former Victoria’s Secret model decided to confront her haters with a short, but empowering speech: “If I had lower self-esteem, I would probably be starving myself right now. But that’s exactly what is happening to other women all over this country. So I have something to say to all you who have something nasty to say about me or other women that are built like me… kiss my fat a**!” And that was one of the most iconic talk show moments of all time.
America’s favorite talk show host was attacked online by a conservative priest last year. He accused her of celebrating, “her lesbianism and ‘marriage’ in between appearance of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.” DeGeneres usually doesn’t engage in negative banter, but she insisted on addressing this particular statement on her show. “The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another,” she responded to the accusations. She also had something to say to all the young people that watch her show, “I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself.” Preach it Ellen!
Fat-shaming misogynists can take a seat as far as Amy Schumer is concerned. The actress and stand-up comedian was attacked by Hollywood Life owner Jeff Wells, who believed she looked like, “Jennifer Aniston’s somewhat heavier, not as lucky sister who watches a lot of TV and should probably work out more,” (insert eye roll here). Schumer came back at Wells with one perfect tweet: “I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!”
Back in 2012, the media threw a lot of shade at the “Til It Happens To You” singer for gaining 25 pounds. Gaga suffered from anorexia and bulimia, but has finally put the past behind her. In response to her critics, she started the Born This Way Foundation, hoping to inspire people all around the world to accept their bodies for what they are. She even posted pictures of herself in nothing but a bra and underwear and announced: “Today I joining the Body Revolution. To inspire bravery. And Breed some m$therf**king COMPASSION. Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws’, as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”
The ‘Hunger Games’ star shocked the world when she stood up for the gender wage gap in Hollywood. When Sony was hacked and several confidential e-mails were leaked, it was revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was actually making less than her male counterparts in American Hustle. The actress decided to write an op-ed for the Lenny Letter titled,”Why Do These Dudes Make More Than Me?” Though Lawrence admits being afraid to touch upon such a controversial topic, she decided it was worth bringing to everyone’s attention. She may be the highest paid actress in the world, but trails millions behind the highest earning actor. Not okay.
Neil Patrick Harris
The ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star was one of the first high profile celebrities to come out to the public. Rumors were spurring about his sexuality and some tabloids were talking about how Harris kept denying he was gay. Though he was openly gay in his private life, Harris decided to approach People and put an end to all the speculation. “Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinion without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest,” Harris said in the interview. No wonder he is America’s ‘out’ sweetheart.
The extremely successful 29-year-old actress and singer has dealt with a fair share of haters over the years. According to an interview with Marie Claire, Kendrick said that the most common thing she gets is, “Am I the only one who doesn’t think Anna Kendrick is pretty?”, to which Kendrick responded, “The thing is, my appearance—that’s never been my moneymaker. I’m fine being small. I’m fine being all the things I am. And I’m happy I’m not supposed to be on the ’50 Most Beautiful’ list all the time, because that would be super stressful.”
Last year while the “Same Old Love” singer was soaking up the sun in Mexico, the tabloids exploded with pics of her in a pink cut out bikini, where she apparently looked fat. Later on Ellen, she opened up about how she felt about the rude comments. “It’s so annoying when I see it all over the place and everybody thinks they can bring me down. So my immediate response was, I’m gonna post a picture and I’m like, ‘I’m happy with me ya’ll,’ and that was gonna be the story the next day.” Gomez chose to have the last word by posting a picture of herself in a bathing suit saying she was happy just the way she is.
Kate Winslet delivered a beautiful speech after winning Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTA Film Awards earlier this year. She shared with the press that a drama teacher had once told her that she might do okay in the film industry if she settled for “fat girl parts.” “Look at me now!” Winslet said. “Any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, or a friend, or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did—I didn’t listen and I kept ongoing and I overcame all of my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity. Just keep doing it and keep believing in yourself.” Hell yeah, Kate!
In 2015, the 18-year-old Zendaya graced the Oscars red carpet with dreadlocks that seemed to cause a lot of controversy. On an episode of Fashion Police, Guliana Rancic commented that she felt Zendaya’s hair smelt “like patchouli oil… or weed.” These racially insensitive remarks raised a storm. For her age, Zendaya shocked everyone with her sophisticated response on Insta: “There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of her hair.” Rancic issued an apology soon after, which Zendaya appreciated and also quoted MLK: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Bieber has been on an emotional roller coaster with the public and media for years. Back in 2014, the global star was booed when he took the stage to present at Fashion Rocks showcase. He took a rather alternative approach and responded by stripping down to his boxers to show off his wash board abs. The crowd’s booes immediately turned to cheers. He later tweeted, “Grandma always said kill ’em with kindness…and then strip on live national TV. Lol.”
The “Confident” singer is notorious for spreading body positively. After a Twitter troll tweeted at her (with horrible grammar) saying, “shut up fatty, don’t choke on ur mcdonalds”; Lovato casually retweeted him and said, “But…Big Macs…(high five emojis)” And we totally agree! All hail Queen Demi.
The reality star has gotten a lot of shade for not being a “real” supermodel because of her family name. A couple years ago, fashion model Arice Wanzer, posted an open letter to Jenner addressing her so-called ‘model bullying’. Jenner responded by creating a video featuring a Burn Book full of all the nasty things people have said about her. She didn’t call anyone out, but showed that nothing is going to bring her down. Way to brush off the haters with some class.
The “Stay With Me” singer was called fat and ugly by the infamous shock-jock Howard Stern, who also claimed that Sam Smith was nothing but a one-hit wonder. But when Smith stood on the stage at the Grammys later that year, accepting the award for Best Pop Vocal Album, he chose to speak up against all body shamers. “I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight, I was making awful music,” he said. “It was only until I started being myself did the music start to flow and people started to listen.” Aw! We love you Sam, just the way you are.
When the Grammy winner came out through an open letter in 2011, he was just 19-years-old. Twitter went insane with hateful tweets and comments about his sexuality. Several celebrities like Beyonce, Jay-Z and 50 Cent came to his support, but Ocean had something to say to all the ugliness in an interview with GQ: “When you’re talking about romantic love, both sides in all scenarios feel the same sh**. You can’t feel a box. You can’t feel a label. Don’t get caught up in that… There’s so much something in life. Don’t get caught up in the nothing. That sh** is nothing, you know? It’s nothing. Vanish the fear.”