The fallout from former Man vs. Food host Adam Richman's "#thinspiration" Instagram post has been pretty nuclear. After Richman tagged a post celebrating his slimmer figure on his now-deleted Instagram "#thinspiration," many people on the Internet called him out on his use of the word, which is often used in blogs promoting anorexia. Richman, however, didn't take the criticism too kindly. He personally insulted his critics over Instagram and Twitter, allegedly even going so far as to use the C-word. Although Adam Richman apologized in a statement to Us Weekly, the Travel Channel still pulled his upcoming show Man Finds Food.
But Amber Sarah, who was on the receiving end of some of Richman's cruelest insults, has great suggestions for how he can make things righthttp: . Sarah detailed some of her discussion with Richman on her blog, and it's not pretty. Sarah took screenshots of some of the comments he made to she and her friends, telling them to "grab a razor blade and draw a bath" and "eat a bag of s**t." But as an activist against size discrimination, Sarah said that one way Richman can make things right is by volunteering with eating disorder groups by participating in walks that help obese people get in shape and by donating money.
Sarah's suggestion is great, and not just because Richman could certainly use the good publicity — it's also a great way to make things right for the constant stream of celebrities sticking their foot in their mouths. These days, "celebrities being offensive" is the most popular kind of "breaking news" story their is, whether it be Macklemore slapping on a costume of Jewish stereotypes or Gary Oldman's various attacks on being "politically correct." Hopefully, the current celebrity of scorn will spit their foot out of their mouth long enough to make an apology. At best, these sound simple and heartfelt; at worst, they completely miss the point. But more often than not, they just sound written by a publicist.
That's what makes Sarah's suggestion so clever: she wants celebrities to actually get involved with the people they've offended. When celebrities use their wealth and status to offend a group of people and actually apologize, we'll never truly know if they're being sincere. But if they volunteer to help out with the cause of the offended party, they'll be forced to meet the people who were hurt by their words. It's a win for everyone: the celebrity gets good press, and a worthy cause get more help. And hopefully, those who tried to avoid the issue with a half-assed apology can have their predujidces challeneged and their minds truly changed.
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