One Direction's Liam Payne Takes on Fat Shamers in Instagram Smackdown

Liam PayneBefore today the only One Direction member I could identify was that one guy, you know, whatshisname with the floppy hair and the pants that accidentally got washed on hot. But now not only do I know who Liam Payne is, I'm officially a fan.

I mean, not, like, a fan fan. One Direction fans seem ... pretty hardcore. I'm just saying that Liam Payne's public reaction to people criticizing him for looking "fat" in a series of paparazzi photos is seriously great -- and surprisingly mature, particularly considering how young and freakishly popular he is. Justin Bieber, I hope you're taking notes.

When I say "surprisingly mature," I'm not really referring to his first Instagram photo, which he posted after being hit with nasty body-related comments after photos surfaced of him on a yacht off the southern French coast with his girlfriend.

He added,

I mean OH MY GOD I'm just so fat these days I think I need help! quick someone take the cookie jar

That's sort of funny, but what I really like is his follow-up post, in which he included a screenshot of his perfectly normal BMI (22.8, for the record), and this statement:

Now just because I'm sick of seeing this everyday so I just want to clear up what the media do to people these days. Is it wrong to be normal? Or do I have to look like an Olympic swimmer just to get your approval into the cool kids or can I accept that the person I truly love thinks I'm the coolest kid in town anyway? Think I'll vote the second one ;) enjoy your day people

Dude, that is awesome. He hardly needed to share his BMI details because anyone who isn't a complete idiot can see that he's not overweight in those photos, but I love that he pointed out how insane celebrity body expectations have become. I don't even know anything about this kid, but he already seems 1,000 times more likable than some ab-obsessed douche who takes every opportunity to show off his diet-sizzurp-whittled torso. Bravo to you, Mr. Payne! Now go have that cookie.

What do you think of Liam Payne's Instagram comeback?

Image via Real_Liam_Payne/Twitter

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