Ridiculous Group Fat-Shames Women by Photoshopping Them to Look Thinner (PHOTOS)

tess holliday operation harpoonIs there even such a thing as thin-shaming or skinny-shaming? Yes, and it's a troubling issue, according to headline-making organization Operation Harpoon, which aims to "only show that being skinny is okay, as well! Skinny-shaming is not okay. #thinnerBeauty."


On their Tumblr page, they explain their goal:

In current societal fashion, a recent trending surge of 'pro-obesity' and 'fat acceptance' have paved the way for many people to renounce exercise and personal healthcare in general.

The group photoshops pictures of curvier or plus-size women (and sometimes men) -- many of them famous, like Ashley Graham, Tess Holliday, Melissa McCarthy, Meghan Trainor, etc. -- showing an end result of what they'd presumably look like if they were skinny.

Their photo editing skills are lackluster and subpar at best, creating completely disproportionate versions of the subject's body. Check it out.

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It is their opinion that doing this will motivate more people to exercise and live a healthier lifestyle. Right, because fat-shaming makes us want to do anything but crawl in a hole and cry.

But Tess Holliday has chosen instead to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. We absolutely love her response. She tells Us:

I think [Operation Harpoon] is pathetic, and their photoshop skills are seriously lacking. I actually laughed out loud [when I saw the pictures of myself.] The versions of me smaller aren't even anatomically correct and my limbs are all stretched out like I'm made of Play-Doh. It's ridiculous.

But as crazy as it is, Tess isn't wasting her precious time on the organization, explaining to Us:

People that do this kind of stuff will never get it. They need to work on their own issues and why they have so much hate and anger first. It's disgusting, yes, but I can't even take them seriously, and no one else should. Honestly, to me, it's a joke. To Ashley Graham, Melissa McCarthy, and the other poor people who've been mangled by these morons, we've never looked worse.

Ultimately, Harpoon seems to be an ugly response to plus-size models and plus-sized actresses who accept what they look like and have no plans to change (we're looking at you, Amy Schumer!) recently becoming a commodity in fame culture.

Seeing these women as those the rest of us can relate to is comforting and just seems normal. We are who we are. We look how we look. We must accept one another, respect one another, and support one another. What else makes the world go round?  

By the way, at the time of this story's publication, Operation Harpoon and its second iteration Project Harpoon's Facebook and Instagram pages appear to have been removed by the social media sites. 


Zlata Faerman is a full-time publicist, part-time writer, round-the-clock ambassador to wit and humor, and a Jersey girl making her way through life in South Florida with her husband, Alex, and their sweet pup, LexZ. She writes about food, health, beauty, relationships, travel, and home, and her work has appeared in Greatist.com, Haute Living, TheDailyMeal.com, and SheKnows.com. When she’s not crafting kitchen concoctions, Zlata can be found reading an awesome book (translation: trashy magazine), crossing the line between "funny" and "inappropriate," and fantasizing about being a Real Housewife of Palm Beach.

Images via Operation Harpoon/Tumblr

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