Ariel Winter's Learned to Brush Off Bullies -- but We're Still Mad as Hell for Her

Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter graces the cover of November's Seventeen magazine looking nothing short of gorgeous -- but it is actually her interview that is, in all its honesty, even more beautiful. Inside, she reveals that it's hard not to hear the Internet trolls who call her fat and ugly ... the trolls that she says she has learned to block out by reminding herself daily of how "fabulous" she looks. Still, she says, "It's definitely hard being self-conscious and having the world be able to tell you how they feel about you."

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She goes on to discuss the not-so-popular graduation dress that she wore earlier this year, putting things into perspective as she pointed out that there are far more important things we, as a world, should be focused on than her cleavage. But the actress also explains how she "pushed" herself "to deal with the good and the bad" and not step out of the social media spotlight because "there are so many girls who need to hear positivity." 

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And aside from commending her, I found myself totally baffled that a child (at age 18, she's barely an adult) must defend herself against bullies who are, in all likelihood, full-grown adults. Sure, there are definitely some teenagers in there too, but I'm willing to be sure that there's an equal amount of adults bullying her, as well. 

It blows my mind ... because these are likely some of the same people fighting against the school bullies who are their own children's peers. Or they might just be the ones raising bullies.

Or they just might be those who think it's OK to say anything about a celebrity because he or she is just that. ANd that is definitely not OK. I think it's by far one of the grossest things ever to justify bullying anyone because they're in the public eye. Especially because we all know the damaging effects of bullying on anyone -- including, but not limited to, suicidal thoughts. 

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Yet there are way too many people who find this behavior acceptable. It's scary, and I'm not sure I know what to make of it. But, after seeing some of the comments on her social media, I know that the conversation wouldn't be so pleasant if it was your child being talked to like that by people (grown adults and her peers alike) who should all just know better.

There's nothing OK with this and in order for children to get the picture, we have to truly start leading by example. Good thing Ariel is doing just that.

 

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