Actor and star of CW’s The Flash Grant Gustin wasn’t putting up with any nonsense when it came to his body. Gustin took to Instagram to shut down talk about his lean physique and a recently leaked photo of the new Flash costume.
In his post he said:
I’ve had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin. I’ve had my own journey of accepting it. But there’s a double standard where it’s ok to talk s— about a dudes (sic) body.
The leaked photo has some people scratching their heads over what there was to criticize.
This was the leaked photos of the suit for CW's the Flash, Season 5. In response to seeing the new suit the internet dragged it through the mud and back. Some fans even chose to body shame Grant Gustin saying gross thing's about his figure. pic.twitter.com/laYB4XVPIE
— Updates/Drama/Opinion Page (@Stanningteaa) August 8, 2018
I don't get it. Is this Grant Gustin in a flash suit?
— Hot Brain (@Sesa_Opas) August 8, 2018
Body shaming just for this photo of his face and chest?
— Bárbara Wagmacker (@baahwagmacker) August 9, 2018
I'm confused as well
— gravesaw55 (@glex5555) August 9, 2018
But some folks are saying it started with this Instagram post.
People posted comments saying they thought the suit made Gustin look too skinny.
In all fairness, this writer had to dig for quite some time to find the above three comments.
Still, fans appreciated Gustin being willing to talk about the “double standard” of body shaming.
Leave Grant Gustin alone guys! He’s going to leave social media completely if you guys don’t stop picking on him and bullying him. Body shaming him for being skinny is really low. I was body shamed growing up for being skinny. I know how it feels
— I ❤️ CANDICE PATTON (@candicesgirl22) August 8, 2018
I can't believe there are people who body shamed Grant Gustin. Like seriously, WTF? And it was so much hate towards him that he deactivated his Twitter account. This is just awful. pic.twitter.com/CNZBCuEaIN
— 勇敢なオオカミ (@HEEL_Darewolf) August 9, 2018
Grant Gustin deserves better than to be shamed on the image of his body. You assholes really have to go attack one of the kindest people ever?? Leave the internet and go back to whatever hole you crawled out of because you're definitely not being useful ♀️
— Kayleigh | stream my pace (@defljbs) August 9, 2018
Others didn’t rush to take up Gustin’s cause, thinking the actor should check his privilege before speaking out.
“There's a double standard”: Grant Gustin, the star of CW's “The Flash,” has dealt out a speedy defense again body shamers who had unkind words about his character's new outfit https://t.co/bXxWBCi60l pic.twitter.com/SbIV7uAy5W
— CNN (@CNN) August 8, 2018
y’all this entire article and the fact that cnn gave him more of a platform than actresses who actually get harassed on the daily just bc they’re women and women of color is just a perfect example proving why there is a NOT a double standard for men and women
— nardos (@irisbcrry) August 8, 2018
Candice Patton gets racial abuse daily. Where is her article? Or Anna Diop’s. Instead you write this white privilege article, smh.
— Liz| ⚡️ (@CPflashFan) August 8, 2018
Not to mention where is the article about the racial abuse thrown at his female co-star daily.
— Soph (@Sophia7470) August 9, 2018
Grant, there is certainly a double standard when it comes to how men's and women's bodies are treated in media. But I promise you that men are not the ones on the losing end of that double standard.
— Red Crest (@Redcrest) August 8, 2018
Gustin has since deleted his Twitter account.