Kelly Clarkson has a message for anyone ignorant enough to spew fatphobia online.
On Tuesday, February 21, Food Network Kitchen announced that Valerie Bertinelli of and would appear as a guest on on Wednesday, February 22. Soon after the announcement was shared on social media, Bertinelli posted a screenshot of a hateful comment on the post. “Awww, so chubby,” it read. She blacked out the user's name, so the commenter could remain anonymous.
“Wow. Someone is always there to remind me to tidy up my negative thoughts some more,” Bertinelli wrote on Twitter alongside the screenshot. “Thank you for reminding me I’m so much more than my body. Have a blessed day.”
In a quote tweet of Bertinelli's post, , who has been a victim of body-shaming and is , shared her thoughts on the matter, and on Bertinelli's reaction to the comment. “True power is recognizing the projection of others' negativity & punching it square n the face w/all the positive, remarkable, intelligent, beautiful light that seeps from ur pores. Pity people that speak ill of others because while some of us r dancing, the others r too afraid,” said.
Actor Melissa Peterman also expressed support in a reply to Bertinelli's tweet. “Beauty comes from the inside,” she said. “You my friend are beautiful inside and out. The person who wrote that comment needs to give her insides a makeover!”
In an essay published in in 2020, Bertinelli wrote about her complex relationship with eating. “With the loss of my parents and dealing with other trials life throws our way, I’ve used food as a way not to feel the sadness or the stress,” she wrote. “But by eating something away, all it does is make me feel worse about myself. One of my personal mottos is 'choose happy.' But sometimes that choice is really challenging.”