Actress Amanda Seyfried called out a controversial body after baby post on Instagram for promoting unrealistic expectations. The post, published by influencer Arielle Charnas, shows a thin, fit woman in a bikini. The caption reads "Proud of my body after two kids."
Amanda Seyfried's friend, Sophie Flack commented on the post, stating that Charnas has her privilege to thank for her fit body. She pointed out that Charnas is wealthy and privileged, and born with a good body. According to Flack, the photo did not represent reality for most women, who cannot afford childcare.
Charnas reacted by blocking both Flack and Seyfried, after responding to defend herself. The influencer stated that she was proud of herself and did not have to listen to Flack's bullying. She acknowledged that she has a nanny, nothing that she herself is a working woman.
Before Charnas blocked the two women, Seyfried took a screenshot of the exchange and shared it on her own page. Taking things in a different direction, the actress pointed out that blocking was a way of running away from discussion and confrontation. It was not just that the influencer ought to represent reality or at least be transparent about her privilege. It was also about a responsibility to engage in a dialog with her readers, instead of just blocking them and negating that possibility.
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Fuck it- this is feed material. My very smart friend (again-not tagging) wrote this on a semi-influencer’s feed and she blocked both of us (even though I didn’t tag her-at least she’s getting the message). If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting. We have to back ourselves up- not run away from the issues it presents. There are gray areas everywhere. Each of us has a chance to back ourselves- especially on this platform. If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture. 👊🏼
Seyfried changed her tune, however, as time passed. After thinking it over, she began to realize she had unintentionally targeted Charnas. Her real purpose had been to make a larger statement for all women, not get into an immature back and forth via social media. She posted an apology.
Seyfried regretted directly attacking Charnas herself, saying that was not in her nature. However, she held fast to her conviction that being an influencer comes with responsibilities. Most important was the obligation to respond to challenges and disagreements rather than ignore them. An influencer is not just posting for herself, but for all of her followers.