Amanda Seyfried is clarifying her message about body image and expectations.
The 33-year-old Mamma Mia! actress made headlines this week when she shared a friend’s reply to a bikini photo on Something Navy influencer Arielle Charnas‘ Instagram, which criticized Charnas for “perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should ‘bounce back’ after childbirth, an impossibility for anyone who can’t afford ample childcare.”
Having initially supported the comment (which Charnas, 32, deleted from her post) and others like it, Seyfried used Instagram once more on Thursday to post a quote from Robert Frost that read, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
“To all who feel bullied or thin-shamed during our recent social media discussion: If you know me or are familiar with any of my beliefs or stances you’ll recognize that it isn’t in my character to tear down anyone for ‘being who they are.’ Each of us has the ability and the freedom to say and do as we choose,” the star began in her caption.
“However, as I’m acutely aware, there’s a price tag for the group of people who find themselves with a platform to stand on,” Seyfried continued.
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To all who feel bullied or thin-shamed during our recent social media discussion: If you know me or are familiar with any of my beliefs or stances you’ll recognize that it isn’t in my character to tear down anyone for “being who they are”. Each of us has the ability and the freedom to say and do as we choose. However, as I’m acutely aware, there’s a price tag for the group of people who find themselves with a platform to stand on. You have to be aware of the message you’re sending and be able to back it up when faced with criticism (not just praise). Hold yourselves accountable instead of using the terms above. The only thing I’d take back is exactly how I started this debate. I desperately wish it hadn’t targeted (or blasted) one person (there are MANY who engage in this questionable messaging) and instead started a cleaner, general conversation. No one needs to tear anyone apart. And I regret that it’s present right now. To the lady in question: I’m sorry for the truly negative feels you’ve endured because of this. Aside from the messy detour? The bigger, important message seems to filtering through and helping a lot of women feel supported. And that’s the name of the game.
A post shared by Amanda Seyfried (@mingey) on Jul 11, 2019 at 1:23pm PDT
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Proud of my body after two kids
A post shared by Arielle Noa Charnas (@ariellecharnas) on Jul 9, 2019 at 5:26am PDT
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