Editorial: If you can’t type anything nice, don’t type anything


Twitter was all a’twitter on Sunday after the Superbowl and a lot of it had to do with the halftime show. Most people had good things to say about Lady Gaga’s performance and the patriotism she displayed. 

Then there was the negativity about her body. Lady Gaga is a healthy woman and an appropriate size. But some commenters on Twitter decided to focus on her “belly flab.” Looking at her, there is no “flab” on her body. We all have bad angles that can make us look less-than-flattering, but I’m fairly certain that’s probably not the case with her. 

How would you feel if that was your daughter or mother or wife these people were talking about? How would you feel if your perfectly healthy teenage daughter was body shamed and told her stomach was fat? 

It’s no wonder that young girls and teenagers have body image issues. It’s no wonder that your best friend or wife thinks she’s fat. It’s no surprise at all that today, women are so concerned with the calories they consume and have a feeling of shame every time they try clothes on at the mall. 

Why?

Why are we so mean about each other? Why do we criticise every part of someone? Why are we still body shaming women? Why are we taking perfectly normal women and making them feel badly about who they are? 

It’s been said that you shouldn’t say something on social media that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. It’s also been said that you shouldn’t say something unless you could write it on a piece of paper and give it to your mother or daughter or sister or wife. 

Are you guilty of body shaming? Or are you the one who is made to feel guilty about yourself? 

Just stop. 

We’ve got to be kinder to each other. We’ve got to stop body shaming and we’ve got to see people as people and not objects of ridicule. We’ve got to stop saying things to women that we wouldn’t say to our own family. It starts with us and it has to start today. 

By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor