Alicia Silverstone recalls ‘hurtful’ body-shaming during ‘Batgirl’
Alicia Silverstone is opening up in a new interview about how it felt to be publicly body-shamed by tabloids when she starred as Batgirl in the 1997 film, “Batman & Robin.”
“They would make fun of my body when I was younger,” the now 43-year-old told The Guardian. “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.”
The actress was fresh off the success of “Clueless” and dubbed “Fatgirl” by the paparazzi at age 21.
In a 2018 Vanity Fair interview, Silverstone said the cruel comments made her want to quit Hollywood.
“It didn’t make me think, ‘Oh yes, I’m going to try really hard to be [what you think I should be],” she told the publication. “My response was, ‘Hell no.’ I had no interest in being famous or maintaining any kind of fame. If you told me that acting meant I was going to be called fat and have to do things a certain way, then I was like, ‘F off.’”
The longtime activist said she also recognized that name-calling is minute in comparison to other global issues.
“I always go to: there are bigger things in the world, there’s bigger tragedies,” the “Lodge” star added.
Part of her activism includes fighting for animal rights and environmentalism. She has been following a strict vegan diet since she was 21, and has even written two cookbooks, as a result.
“I remember when I would go on David Letterman and go on Jay Leno and they’d be like ‘Vegan?! What’s a vegan?’ And they would just make a whole fun riff on it because it was like I was an alien, no one was talking about being vegan on television,” Silverstone told Page Six in 2018. “I’m just so excited that there are people in the world that see it [now].”
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