Tori Spelling’s Son Has Heartbreaking Reaction to Body-Shaming Comments

Folks on the internet just can’t seem to leave Tori Spelling and her family alone.

Just a few months ago, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum fell victim to mom-shaming after she posted photos of her children going back to school. Instead of well-wishes, people took to the comments to criticize the way her kids, Liam, 12, Stella, 11, Hattie, 7, and Finn, 6, appeared in the photo.

Some people called Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, “awful” for letting their kids look “disheveled.” Others called the kids “fat” and “unfit.”

Spelling eventually responded to the critics. She wrote: “For all the individuals on here that felt the need to #momshame and #kidshame me and my children I say, ‘Shame on you!’ I was raised to believe that if you can’t say anything nice about someone then don’t say anything at all. The judgment here should be on your manners. Empowerment goes both ways. Lift others up and you in turn lift yourself up.”

Sadly, it seems like her words fell on deaf ears. In January, Spelling’s children, including two-year-old Beau, were once again subjected to more body-shaming from total strangers.

This time, the criticism started when the actress posted a photo of the whole family at a screening of A Dog’s Way Home.

McDermott, understandably hurt by the comments, shared his feelings about the situation, calling out the bullies.

“I am absolutely horrified and disgusted by the comments being left about my children,” the 52-year-old wrote. “Body shaming and bullying my children??!! What is wrong with you people??!!” “

He continued, “As far as saying my children are overweight, well that’s just mean and uncalled for,” he said. “They’re going through different growth phases, and even if our children are on the bigger side. Who cares. They’re happy and healthy and I’m sorry they don’t look like skinny supermodels. People come in all shapes and sizes. So who are you to judge.”

Unfortunately, the negative reaction to the family photo has left a lasting impression on the children. According to McDermott, Liam took it the hardest.

“Liam picked it up, and that’s when I really went ballistic, because it’s like, you know, it’s gonna happen,” the father said on an episode of his podcast, “Daddy Issues.” “He said, ‘Dad, am I obese?’ I said, ‘Look buddy — there’s some sick people in the world … and they need to do stuff like this. They need to say bad things about people.'”

McDermott then explained to his son that the people who are taking the time to write something negative in the comments have nothing better to do with their lives.

“‘Think about it, son. You have a busy life,’ ” he said. “‘You have school, you got sports; do you think you have time to go on Instagram, scroll through the people that you’re following, and make a negative comment about somebody?’ I said, ‘No, you don’t. You don’t, and if you did, you’d fill your time with something else. So think about how sick these people are that they have to do that.’”

It’s reassuring to see that Liam and his siblings have supportive parents who will stand up for them no matter what. It’s hard enough having to grow up while the whole world watches, and it’s even more challenging when everyone has something to say. We hope Spelling and McDermott speaking about this issue will compel strangers on the internet to think twice before writing a mean comment about children.

What do you think about this situation? Let us know in the comments!

Gym Facing Serious Backlash After “Horrifying” Promotional Email

Sometimes I wonder how certain companies get things passed through their marketing department. At what point does someone step in and say “no, this is a bad idea.” I’m sure a lot of people are wondering the same thing after a local Anytime Fitness sent out an email that one gym-goer said she was “horrified” to receive.

Mora Reinka posted the email she received from the gym on Twitter, saying “I…am horrified by this promotional email from @AnytimeFitness. I just don’t even know where to begin.”

This is what the email said.

MORA

I need you to do me a favor.

Think about the warm days of summer ahead.

Warm summer night breezes. Lake or beach time.

Seeing family (the ones you like). Spending more time with the kiddos (also the ones you like).

Listening to music.

Shorts, bathing suits, flip flops. The smell of suntan lotion.

And LOTS of pictures of you that will be posted online forever.

LOTS of suck in, side turns, skinny arm posts, and god forbid, a side pic while sitting down.

Do me a second favor.

Take you hand, and grab the excess you have on your waist (front/back/sides).

Can you pinch it? Or can you rab it?

Well, I want to call it what it is…FAT.

Apparently nowadays I gotta be politically correct. Maybe I should say “adipose tissue.”

The email was a bit of a shock. For a gym to call out people for being fat isn’t a great look. How would someone feel if they were overweight and walking into the gym, knowing that right away people are judging them?

The post went viral on Twitter, and it even caught the attention of the Anytime Fitness National Media Director and CEO.

This was the response from Mark Daly, the National Media Director.

Hello Mora –

A Tweet from you regarding a promotional message you may have received from an Anytime Fitness gym has been brought to my attention. The message is very concerning and completely contrary to how we coach the franchisee owners of Anytime Fitness gyms to communicate with others.

We take great pride in being supportive and encouraging – never shaming. Can you help me identify who sent you that message? Was it sent via email? Do you know the location of the gym? Any help that you can provide would be appreciated – so that we can take immediate action.

Daly also wrote to Reinka on Twitter after speaking with the franchisee.

“Mora – I just spoke with the franchisee owner of the gym and expressed our disappointment,” he said. “He apologized from his ill-advised attempt at humor and promised not to send similar messages to others. We will be re-training him to be supportive and encouraging. On behalf of everyone at Anytime Fitness, please accept our apologies.”

Chuck Runyon, CEO, also commented on Twitter.

“[You’re] right […] & please accept our apology @MoraReinka this was a bad decision by a franchise owner and does not represent the values of Anytime Fitness,” he wrote.

The official Twitter account also addressed the Tweet publicly.

“This is not a message we support or encourage,” they said. “In fact, this language is the exact opposite of how we coach our franchisees to communicate. We pride ourselves on being supportive and encouraging – never shaming. We are actively addressing this matter & we are deeply sorry.”

It’s crazy to me that in 2019, someone would still think this was an okay letter to send out. Even if you think it’s a joke, you should know the political climate is to sensitive to be mocking a person’s weight.

Do you think this email went too far?

Woman Told To “Cover Up” At Pool After One-Piece Deemed “Inappropriate”

A woman in Tennessee was left embarrassed after she was told to leave her apartment building’s pool due to her “inappropriate” swimsuit…which was a one-piece. Tori Jenkins was at the pool in a pink swimsuit when she was approached by two leasing consultants who told her what she was wearing wasn’t appropriate.

Tyler Newman, Jenkins’ then-fiancee, wrote about the ordeal on Facebook.

“Today, my fiancé was faced with either changing her bathing suit, covering up with shorts or leaving the pool that we paid a $300 fee to maintain,” he wrote. “Tori was accused of wearing a ‘thong bathing suit’ and told there were complaints about the way she was dressed. She was told by the leasing consultant that her body, because it’s built more curvy than others, is ‘too inappropriate’ for children to be around.”

Tori spoke with Buzzfeed News as well, saying one of the consultants told her that she “wasn’t right” to be in public like that.

“She tried to convince me a few times to let her take pictures of my butt to show how ‘inappropriate’ it was,” Tori said. “[She] told me that if I didn’t have kids I wouldn’t understand how it wasn’t right to be out in public in that, and that she wouldn’t want her own kids around me.”

According to Tori, the consultant also told Tori that her outfit would “excite” too many teenage boys who live in the complex, which Tori said was “really violating and degrading.”

“I was point-blank told that my comfortability at a pool that I paid to use was less important than a teenage boy being able to control himself,” she told BuzzFeed News. “It perpetuates the idea that how a man feels around a woman is more important than how a woman feels around herself.”

Thinking she would be met with support after sharing her story, Tori was wrong. Unfortunately, she received many negative comments about the way she looked, the suit she was wearing, and her choice to show up to the pool in that suit. She took the chance to clarify a lot of the things she was hearing about herself in a Facebook post.

I’d just like to say on my own behalf that I’m really amazed by all of the overwhelming support I’ve received. Thank you all, you really don’t know how much it means to me. It hasn’t even been that long since it happened but I can tell you that I’ve felt really shitty about myself since.

Being distracted by friends and work and your wonderful comments have made this process a whole lot easier. But I just can’t help but read all of the negative stuff as well and there’s a few things I’d like to clear up as well

1. I’m a size medium. The swimsuit is a size medium. I tried on the large in the store and felt little confidence that my boobs wouldn’t show after being hit with one good splash.

2. The pool rules state only that “Duly appropriate attire must be worn at all times, no cut offs”

3. The suit may look small but that’s also after I binge cried and ate pizza. When you feel that shitty about yourself do you really think the first pose that comes to mind is happy? That I wanna have good posture and look skinny? I didn’t care. And frankly I still don’t care if I looked “too big” for the suit. Look at the body language: my shoulders are down, arms crossed, and so on. There’s only a “pinch an inch” situation on one side, because I’m slouching.

4. There WAS a front facing picture. I took it down after reading so many hateful comments about my stomach and so many intensely explicit sexual comments. That is the whole issue. I will not be reposting it because that isn’t the area of my body in question. I left the back view up even after the same comments are made on that picture.

5. The ENTIRE POINT of this post is that no man or woman has the right to make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. No right to police me or any other human.

I hope this clears things up for some of you. I may add to this post as time goes on but for now I’m tired, and frankly a bit beaten down. Those of you who know me know I don’t react to things much but this situation has really gotten to me.

Again, thank you so much to my fiancé, family, friends, and all of the people who were kind enough to share supportive words with me. I’m sorry if I don’t reply to everyone but I’m trying to stay off of my phone more.

The story went incredibly viral, prompting the apartment complex to release their own statement on the issue.

Smoky Crossing is a welcoming family community. Multiple residents within our community complained and expressed concerns regarding Ms. Jenkins’ swimwear.

In accordance with our pool policies, which are posted near the swimming area, one of our leasing consultants requested Ms. Jenkins wrap a towel around herself when she was walking around the pool.

Ms. Jenkins was never asked to leave the pool. In addition, our leasing agent did not state that Ms. Jenkins swimwear would ‘excite teenage boys.’  Ms. Jenkins and Mr. Newman are valued members of our community.

However, we feel it is inappropriate to equate requesting Ms. Jenkins to cover up with sexual harassment or ‘rape culture.’ Smoky Crossing denounces harassment in all forms.

Both Tori and Tyler denied the complex’s comment that no one mentioned teenage boys when speaking to Tori.

After Tori wrote her post clarifying the situation, she received an outpouring of support.

“Those people are wrong for doing that to you tori,” Jesse Riddle wrote.

“Nothing wrong with your suit,” Jen Bois said. “Most bathing suits don’t fit everyone perfectly. Even though I wear a small I still end up showing the same amount you do because bathing suits are made that way. Everybody’s suit rides up.”

“You are so beautiful there nothing wrong with your outfit you going to the pool not the store keep your chin up people going to talk they don’t have anything to do,” Ruth Anne Perry encouraged.

At the time, Tori and Tyler said they were “exploring other options” for living arrangements, as they didn’t feel comfortable living in a complex which held those values.

What do you think of this whole situation?