Vlogger Criticized Other 'Body Positive' Influencers And It Totally Backfired
Body positive activist and YouTuber Corissa Enneking, aka Fat Girl Flow, dropped a major truth bomb about dieting, which she directed at influencers and bloggers who claim to be body positive but really aren't.
According to her definition of "body positivity," at least, they're missing the mark.
In her video rant, which has over 18,000 views, she explains,
But that's not the part that made viewers upset.
In her five-minute video, she provides examples of things people think are body positive but, in her opinion, are not. Her examples include only talking about women's bodies in terms of body positivity and making judgements about sexualities.
Another example was influencers propagating diet culture.
Yeah, you can probably see how people were upset by that.
Some of her viewers just didn't get it at all.
Some fired back with some sound explanations about why people diet in the first place, like this comment:
And some questioned the root of her speech.
She acknowledged her fans' confusion and anger on Twitter.
She's not hiding the fact that she looks down on people who use Weight Watchers.
After all of this backlash, Enneking made a follow-up video to discuss this topic further.
I guess she took the reactions as a cue to slow down and take the time to explain everything, specifically what diet culture actually is.
In the video, which also focuses on eating disorders, she clarifies that she was just speaking to people who promote body positivity: the influencers. She explains how dieting is an example of an interaction with your body (within society) that can be hurtful to others.
Enneking clarifies that talking about your diet and your efforts to lose weight can make others feel bad about their own bodies.
Her follow-up video also reveals she's coming from a very personal place because she herself dealt with an eating disorder.
Luckily, Enneking knows it's not going to take just one ranty video (that's gaining attention for all the wrong reasons) to spark a shift away from diet culture so people can correctly understand body positivity.
Well, according to her explanation, that is.