Guy attempts to troll plus-size model with cruel meme but it backfires spectacularly
Despite huge steps being taken to make the world are more accepting and inclusive place for all, we're still living in a time where people are shunned for a variety of different reasons, whether it be their sexuality, their race or their body shape. Social media apps such as Instagram and Twitter have undoubtedly have had a huge part to play in this newly-found inclusivity, but they are also the breeding ground for trolls and body-shamers.
It would be fair to say that the last few years have seen the issue of body-positivity become a global phenomenon. One swipe on your Instagram Discovery page and you will be inundated with models who are teaching their audience to embrace their "flaws" and learn to love themselves.
There are many women who are seen as leading lights in the movement, with Iskra Lawrence and Ashley Graham being two main players. Speaking about her battles to love herself, Lawrence said it hasn't been an easy process.
"I used to be that teenage girl who looked in the mirror and hated what she saw and really wanted to change her body," she admitted. "Now, I'm just like, it's not the end of the world to not have a thigh gap. It's not the end of the world to have cellulite. When I'm insecure, I'm just like 'hell, no, I've been through so much, I will not feel bad today. I'm going to shine today because I deserve to.'"
"When I stopped [comparing myself to other people] and really just saw the beauty in other people as well as myself, it was a sigh of relief, to be honest. I can't ever be them, but they can't ever be me. That's what makes you special. It just makes life easier, just knowing that you are good enough."
However, sadly, for some people, they still can't get their heads around this positive and inspiring movement. One guy who clearly missed the memo about body-positivity is Leyton Mokgerepi from South Africa.
Popping up on his Twitter account, he chose to fat-shame women - specifically, he chose to fat shame Lesego Legobane, a plus-size model, blogger, and body positivity activist.
Mokgerepi created a meme in which he compared Legobane with a slimmer model, Joëlle Kayembe, that reads: “Girls that I like vs. girls that like me.” The sizeist joke implied that he likes thin women but only larger women like him in return.
However, while Mokgerepi's tweet went viral, the clap back from Legobane absolutely shut him down and gained far more traction.
Her tweet got over 300,000 retweets and was like over 940,000 times by a variety of people including Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Ana DuVernay.
Despite his attempts to say that Legobane was his ideal woman, no one was buying into Mokgerepi's BS.
Kayembe, the other model in the image, also wasn't having any of Mokgrepei's joke.
Sadly for Mokgerepi, it appears that the women that he likes don't like him. Also, not only that, neither do other women. It's a lonely life being a troll, isn't it?