In today’s hypersensitive word, what was meant to be a testament to love quickly became a lightening rod for criticism.
At the center of the controversy is a photo Robbie Tripp shared on Instagram of himself and his wife.
“I love this woman and her curvy body,” Tripp said in the caption, noting that as a teenager, he was “often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side.”
“For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc,” he added. “Her shape and size won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart.”
|| I love this woman and her curvy body. As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as “chubby” or even “fat.” Then, as I became a man and started to educate myself on issues such as feminism and how the media marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean) I realized how many men have bought into that lie. For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc. Her shape and size won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart. There’s nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room. Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She’s real. She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don’t ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated. There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah. || photo cred: @kaileehjudd
And with that, Katy, bar the door, because the criticism came hot and heavy from social justice warriors hypersensitive to “fat shaming,” who saw Tripp’s remarks as exploiting his wife for his own benefit.
Plus-size model Tess Holliday joined the fray, saying on Instagram, “Stop giving men trophies for doing the bare minimum.”
Another social media user wrote on Instagram: “This is incredibly insulting to your wife. Women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Putting yourself on a pedestal for being with her is arrogant.”
With pop-culture celebrating over-sized woman, as seen in TLC’s “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” one would think Tripp’s professed love for his wife just as she is would go over well.
The couple sat down for an interview with People Magazine, where Tripp said of the criticism: “You’re hating on a guy loving his wife.”
And while the Tripps are getting plenty of attention, to include a spot on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Robbie’s not stressing over the negative reaction, according to the tweet below.
He wrote: “This is what I’m currently doing while sad and sarcastic people are getting angry with their keyboard.”
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