Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Grant Gustin denounces 'double standard' in Instagram response to body shamers

Shane Harvey  The CW Shane Harvey The CW
Guillermo Jimenez | 09 August, 2018, 18:25

Within a day of a test photo of Grant Gustin in his newly designed prototype costume for CW's The Flash was leaked, he got body shamed for looking too thin to play the character. That is what pisses me off. Now he's fighting back about being body shamed.

He wrote: "I've had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin". I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I'd actually book. "It's a awful photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted".

The Flash Season 5 suit appears to nearly resemble one of those Mego action figures as the material seems to be less leather-looking than the previous versions and has more cotton-like material. "But there's a double standard where it's ok to talk sh- about a dudes body".

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Adding that he does his "best to stay in shape", Grant said he is "naturally thin" and admitted "gaining weight is a challenge for me".

Grant Gustin had a strongly-worded message for those body-shaming him for his appearance in his costume for season 5 of The Flash. I'm naturally thin, and my body is greatly affected by stress. But, here I am 5 seasons later.

Read on to check out some of the support fans are showing Grant Gustin.

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The actor also pointed out that it is very hard for him to gain weight and made it very clear that skinnier men should not receive all of this criticism for the way they look, especially if they can't help it.

The photo, which gained plenty of attention online, showed Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster for season five of the series, but the suit design wasn't one that fans have seen in the previous four seasons. What's more, he loves being able to be a superhero so that other kids with bodies like his can see a representation of their body type onscreen and feel like they, too, can be a superhero.

Though the 28-year-old no longer has a Twitter account (he deactivated it in early August 2018), he clearly saw the responses to the leaked photo.

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