Xiaxue brands S’porean actress a ‘hypocrite’ for calling morbidly obese model ‘beautiful’

After some back and forth online, the two had a private chat and are now 'cool'.

Mandy How | February 23, 01:41 pm


Earlier in February 2020, local influencer Xiaxue received no small amount of flak for expressing her views on the morbidly obese.

Xiaxue asks everyone to stop glamourising morbidly obese people, gets backlash

The blogger-turned-influencer called those who are obese, as well as those who glorify obesity “irresponsible” and “disgusting”.

And the incident hasn’t exactly died down.

Representation, not glorification

In response to the commotion, local actress Oon Shu An expressed her views on the subject in a Feb. 17 Instagram post.

She expressed that it was not about glorifying the morbidly obese, but instead, about representation and treating them with dignity.

Oon also believes that the media glorifies plenty of questionable traits, such as violence, serial killers, and casual cruelty, but “fat people” was not one of the subjects being glorified.

“They’re barely even seen as full human beings,” the actress adds.

She ends her post by calling plus-sized model La’Shaunae “beautiful”.

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There is soooo much media that glorifies violence, casual cruelty, so funny, learn how to take a joke, glorifies serial killers, literally people who take other people’s lives for kicks, that glorifies being an asshole, they call it being a straight talker, no bs, glorifies perfection, glorifies people who look “normal” on screen, often not acknowledging that they are often boderline underweight and have to eat mostly salads, but will wax lyrical about how much they eat in an interview, glorifies the discipline it takes to not drink water for a day so your muscles look defined on screen and teaching you the steps, glorifies sexualizing young children, glorifies objectifying women, glorifies not caring. . . There is soo much media that glorifies all these things by making them sexy and desirable. . How much media really glorifies fat people? Like properly glorifies them? How often are they made to look good? Desirable? A couple of magazine covers? A music video? A few runways for a diverse clothing brand (not even a mainstream one)? . . Most of the time, when they are featured, they are fetishized, they are “working hard” to lose weight, casted as the sidekick, the comic relief, the joke. Inherent in all of that, is the judgement, that they deserve it because they “made themselves fat”. . . They’re barely even seen as full human beings. . . So if there is SOME media that gives voice to a fat person’s struggles, that allows this person to speak to the fat child being relentlessly bullied in school, that speaks to the fat person being laughed at struggling to love themself, to share with them how they overcame all of that and created a life they’re proud of, I’m here for it. . . Because the message that so many of them are getting now is that they should be ashamed of themselves and that they aren’t deserving of love. And that is just a horrible thing for any human being. . . It ISN’T about being politically correct. It’s about FINALLY treating them with some form of dignity. . . ? @luhshawnay you are beautiful, thank you for sharing your light ?

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Xiaxue then made her disagreement heard in two ways: By tagging Oon in an Instagram Story and calling her a hypocrite, and commenting on her post.

In her comment, Xiaxue asked Oon to gain 150kg to look like the plus-sized model, in order for the latter to practice what she preached.

The influencer also repeated her message that glorifying the morbidly obese perpetuates a dangerous notion of beauty, which may adversely affect young, impressionable girls.

Xiaxue also used an example from the other end of the spectrum — anorexia — to make her point on political correctness.

Oon then replied to Xiaxue’s message with a lengthy essay.

In essence, she argued that La’Shaunae was “beautiful” because she had learnt to embrace herself, despite conventional standards of beauty set by the media.

Oon also agreed that she wouldn’t think she would look good with another 150kg, which reinforced her point that there is much to unlearn from what the media has taught us.

The actress also argued that being stigmatised about their weight makes the morbidly obese stressed, which leads them to eat even more.

Lastly, she reiterated that the morbidly obese are not being glorified at all — rather, they are constantly being fat-shamed.

Furthermore, Oon wrote, there is no message being sent to boys and girls that they should pile on the pounds.

Adele as an example

During the same period, Xiaxue continued to air her views on the topic.

She asserts that the morbidly obese are being glorified.

Xiaxue also used singer Adele as an example.

Adele, who once said she that would never be skinny, is now skinny.

Xiaxue also elaborated on the definition of beauty and her thoughts on it.


About four days after her post, Oon updated in the comments that she had a chat with Xiaxue, and they’re “cool”.


Top image via Xiaxue’s Instagram

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