‘Justice for Batgirl’: Alicia Silverstone reacts to impassioned TikTok about the ‘f***ed up’ body-shaming she incurred while filming Batman & Robin
Alicia Silverstone reacted to a TikTok that re-visited the body-shaming she incurred around the time she was filming 1997’s Batman & Robin.
The 45-year-old actress dueted a video by user @foreversymone who demanded ‘justice for Batgirl’ while detailing a particularly cruel article written about her that put her weight at forefront.
The impassioned video drew agreeing nods from the Clueless star who had been open about how being dubbed ‘Fatgirl’ had nearly turned her off acting entirely.
Justice: Alicia Silverstone reflected on the body-shaming she incurred during the time she filmed Batman & Robin by way of a TikTok duet after a user demanded ‘Justice for Batgirl’
‘I want justice for Alicia Silverstone. Y’all had her f***ed up,’ the user began.
From there she pulled up a print article from Entertainment Weekly titled ‘A Weighty issue,’ and pointed out how it had compared her to Babe The Pig ‘all for having a full-figured face.’
‘They were obsessed with her weight, all she did was breathe!’ the fan said prompting an ‘I love you’ from Alicia.
‘As a fat woman who grew up obsessed with Clueless, who grew up obsessed with this movie that is pure camp, it just makes me very frustrated to know that … she couldn’t have been more than 130 [pounds] and they were straight-up ripping on her constantly over this.’
‘Fatgirl’: From there she pulled up an Entertainment Weekly article called ‘A Weighty issue,’ and pointed out how they had compared her to Babe The Pig in it ‘all for having a full-figured face’
Obsessed: ‘They were obsessed with her weight, all she did was breathe!’ the fan said prompting an ‘I love you’ from Alicia
‘Say you’re sorry to Alicia Silverstone,’ the fan said in conclusion.
The article which sparked outrage from the user made mention that Alicia (who was just 19 at the time) was ‘battling a few pounds,’ and said if she were to have been in college it would have been dubbed ‘the freshman 15.’
It also specifically pointed to film critics taking notice of her at the 1996 Academy Awards where they thought she looked more like ‘Babe The Pig’ than a Hollywood ‘babe.’
A film source quoted in the article told the publication at the time: ‘She’s lost 10 pounds and she’s on her way to losing another 10.’
Insulting: The article had pointed out that at the 1996 Oscars (pictured) critics thought she looked more like ‘Babe The Pig’ than a Hollywood ‘babe’
Batgirl: Silverstone played Batgirl in the 1997 movie and a film source quoted in the article told the publication at the time: ‘She’s lost 10 pounds and she’s on her way to losing another 10’; pictured 1997
At the time her spokesperson and the film’s director Joel Schumacher had also noted that the actress was physically ‘training’ to prepare for the ‘strenuous role’ and said the Batgirl costume was ‘slightly less forgiving than body paint.’
In the movie she starred opposite George Clooney (Batman) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin) with Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy.
Last year while speaking with The Guardian, Alicia had said that her weight scrutiny had negatively colored the Batman & Robin film for her.
‘That definitely wasn’t my favourite film-making experience,’ she confessed, noting that she was often chased around by photographers who would chant ‘Fatgirl’ at her.
Turned off: ‘I stopped loving acting for a very long time,’ she said of the discussion around her weight in Batman & Robin
‘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.’
‘I stopped loving acting for a very long time,’ she continued to say before she cited a role in a David Mamet play that breathed new life into her.
‘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.’