TikTok is home to many different trends at any given time. New dances, mouth-watering viral recipes, intense challenges and cute couple videos populate the app every day. These are usually harmless trends where the creators have fun and show their creativity a little, but sometimes what ruins a perfectly normal video is the many hateful comments it gets. Recently, a tiktoker was reminded how embittered people online can be when they see something they don’t understand.
3 days ago, TikToker Alicia McCarvell urged viewers for showing their fatphobia after a cute video of her and her husband went viral for all the wrong reasons. Below you can see the original video that sparked this discussion, hear what Alicia had to say in response and read some of the comments received on her video and join Alicia in her frustration with society’s oppressive obsession with our bodies. Then if you’re looking for another KristenBellTattoos.com article calling for rampant fatphobia in the world, check it out This article next.
Recently on TikToker, Alicia McCarwell posted a cute video with her husband showing their “makeover” as they prepared for their wedding.
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@aliciamccarvell My eternal wedding date ♥️ @scottymc4 ♬ original sound – camera
After the original video went viral, Alicia made a follow up, urging viewers to perpetuate the toxic beauty standards in the comments section.
She shared examples of the ignorant comments people have made about how she and her husband became the subject of discussion.
Alicia went on to explain that we all have a responsibility to forget the toxic ideas we’ve been taught, such as valuing our body size above all else.
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You can watch the full video of the answer here.
@aliciamccarvelllet’s turn to rubbish beauty standards in the room ||••♬ original sound – Alicia McCarwell
Alicia currently has 5 million followers on TikTok and built a loyal following by posting uplifting self-love content, engaging in funny trends, and sharing adorable videos with her husband. So even though she receives thousands of supportive comments from fans every day, she points out in the video that hearing rude remarks about her marriage is nothing new. But that doesn’t make it acceptable. Inserting our opinion about anyone’s body or relationship is inappropriate and the fact that people generally disagree with Alicia’s marriage is very disappointing.
While TikTok is an app where content creators can post just about anything they like, from religious content to conspiracy theories, it is still notorious for promoting unrealistic beauty standards. With an algorithm that seems to endlessly promote content from young, thin, white users and mysteriously censors many plus size creators due to the publication of almost identical videos, the application often causes controversy. Actually, Initial TikTok Policy instructed moderators to “censor the content of people he considers ugly, fat, disabled, or poor.” By pushing videos from users who conform to narrow standards of beauty, fatphobic viewers can hold on tight to their preconceptions, knowing that they will rarely ever see anything that challenges their beliefs.
Alicia’s original video was supposed to be a funny post featuring her loving husband, but it turned into a bold statement about body positivity. While angry commenters may still have a long way to go to get rid of fatphobia, I hope Alicia’s focus on this issue will help some of them open up their minds. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below if you’ve ever experienced anything like Alicia or if you have any tips on how to help others let go of toxic beauty expectations. And remember, if you don’t have anything to say, you probably don’t need to say anything at all.
Thankfully, Alicia has received countless supportive comments from followers who understand how tiny our bodies are.