On her 32nd birthday, Grammy winning artist Adele posted a picture on Instagram thanking first responders and essential workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time. I’d like to thank all of our first reconsiders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives. You are truly our angels,” Adele wrote.
Also featured in Adele’s birthday post: her smoking new bod.
According to some woke speech police, media and individuals alike who congratulated Adele for her hard work and dedication to a newfound body and lifestyle change is form of fat shaming. LGBT and “fat” activists alike stormed Twitter with a vengeance. They decried the alleged injustice of society for giving Adele a simple compliment.
Charlotte Clymer, an LGBTQ activist, said she is angry society would applaud Adele for losing weight while also telling women they are perfect in their bodies.
“I love Adele, and I’m thrilled she’s living life on her own terms. She looks so happy. I don’t love how society tells young people — particularly young women — that they’re perfect in their own healthy bodies while simultaneously praising famous women for losing weight,” Clymer tweeted.
I love Adele, and I'm thrilled she's living life on her own terms. She looks happy. I don't love how society tells young people–particularly young women–that they're perfect in their own healthy bodies while simultaneously praising famous women for losing weight.
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@cmclymer) May 6, 2020
Lottie L’Amour, a self-proclaimed “fat person” and activist, conflated compliments for Adele with fat shaming those larger than Adele.
“To my fellow fats who are looking at everyone telling Adele how beautiful she is now she’s skinny – you’re valid, beautiful and celebrated at the weight you are now. You don’t need an “Adele” moment to feel validated. You can achieve and be whatever you want to be right now,” L’Amour said.
To my fellow fats who are looking at everyone telling Adele how beautiful she is now she's skinny – you're valid, beautiful and celebrated at the weight you are NOW. You don't need an "Adele" moment to feel validated. You can achieve and be whatever you want to be RIGHT NOW.
— lottie l’amour (she/her) 💖✨ (@Lottie_Lamour) May 6, 2020
Adele’s birthday post started a full-scale war between intersectional activists who believe clapping for Adele’s weight loss is oppressive, versus those who see Adele’s hard work and weight loss as something to celebrate.
The truth is, if an individual is overweight, especially around the waist, they are more likely to get Type 2 Diabetes. Belly fat is particularly risky for Type 2 Diabetes. We can be inclusive in society without uplifting poor habits that lead to obesity and other health problems.
Unfortunately, “fat activists” often take body positivity too far, demanding that we celebrate women for their weight-related health risks. In January, trainer Jillian Michaels was blasted for asking why we should celebrate plus-sized singer Lizzo for her body and not her music.
“But, why are celebrating her body? Why does it matter? That’s what I’m saying. Like, why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause, it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes. I’m just being honest,” said Michaels. “There’s never a moment where I’m like ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight!’ Like, why do I even care?”
Both Adele and Lizzo are talented, empowering figures, no matter how much they weigh. Celebrating one singer’s weight loss does not negate or fat shame others of a different size.