Alicia Silverstone Says She Was Body-Shamed By Media After Filming ‘Batman & Robin’

Alicia Silverstone Body ShamedSamantha Agate | Talent Recap

People may best know Alicia Silverstone from her iconic role in the 1995 coming of age film Clueless. After her success from that movie, she went on to play Batgirl in the 1997 film Batman & Robin. Silverstone is opening up about how the movie led to her being body-shamed and ridiculed by the media.

Alicia Silverstone Was Humiliated By Interviewers That Body-Shamed Her

Silverstone spoke to The Guardian about how this particular film led to her being criticized in the media about her body. “They would make fun of my body when I was younger. It was hurtful but I knew they were wrong. I wasn’t confused. I knew that it was not right to make fun of someone’s body shape, that doesn’t seem like the right thing to be doing to a human,” she said. In this film, she wore a black leather Batgirl suit and looked incredible alongside co-stars George Clooney and Chris O’Donnel. It’s worth mentioning that her male costars also wore similar outfits. However, neither of them was body-shamed or ridiculed by the media. It raises several questions about why women in Hollywood are always wrongfully subject to abuse and bullying about their bodies.

Some photographers referred to Silverstone as “Fatgirl” which was very discouraging and hurtful. It even went as far as one interviewer asking her about her bra size. This is very clearly someone overstepping their boundaries. They asked information that is way too personal and has nothing to do with the film. “It was really just extreme how I was being talked to and talked about. I think I just got really turned off by it,” she said.

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This Led Alicia Silverstone To Take A Break From Acting

The actress needed a little break from acting after receiving such hurtful comments. She turned down several film and television roles and devoted her time to writing books instead. Silverstone wrote New York Times best-selling cookbook The Kind Diet. She also wrote another book called The Kind Mama, and created a line of organic, non-G.M.O. vitamins. However, she still missed the stage and being in front of the camera.

It was a David Mamet play that beckoned her back to the spotlight. Her love for acting could not keep her away. “My body was just like, this is what I’m meant to do, I love it so much, I need to find a way to do both, to be able to be an actress and be an activist at the same time so that’s what I did,” she said. She realized that she cannot let the body-shamers or the bullies keep her from doing what she loves. It’s a powerful lesson to teach young actresses in Hollywood that might be going through the same thing. You can’t let the media break your spirits.

Her New Movie ‘Bad Therapy’ Is Out Right Now

She is currently starring in the indie film “Bad Therapy.” It’s about a couple who encounter a bad therapist to deal with relationship problems. In an Instagram post, she said she is “so excited about this movie.” It’s good to see that she is excited about acting again and looks forward to sharing her work with the world.

Fans are happy about Silverstone’s new movie but continue to hope that the star will one day do a sequel to the movie Clueless. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Silverstone shot down rumors of a sequel.

She said that the director of the movie made it very clear that she does not want to continue the Clueless story.

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Silverstone’s story brings into question the difficulties of being in the spotlight and being ridiculed for your appearance. Many celebrities go through this and they shouldn’t have to. But we’re glad that she’s back in front of the camera doing what she loves most and didn’t let being body-shamed stop her career from thriving.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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