Tara Reid Is Over Being Called "Scary Skinny"

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Body-shaming is one of the awful equalizers of our time. Its trollery knows no bounds; celebrities, reporters, athletes, and every mom ever are a few of the folks who are subject to it every day. Actress Tara Reid is just one example from the former category, and she's out to address that bullying head-on with her new thriller, Worthless.
Earlier this week, Reid told E! News, "In my life, I've had a lot of bullying, and I know what that feels like and how much it hurt... What people don't realize is that there's so many kinds of bullying: social media bullying, cyber bullying, physical bullying, mental bullying. There's different kinds, and today it's so bad."
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"I've definitely felt bullying in my life," she added. "With media or press or just different things in my life... People always say I don't eat. I eat all the time. They call me scary skinny. You're my friend; everyone knows I eat more than anyone. I'm just a thin girl... The body shaming that is going on right now is to a degree that is so bad for girls, and I really relate to that, and I understand that, so this movie meant a lot to me."
Bullying, body-shaming, and other forms of harassment are never okay, and they're always hurtful — even to someone famous like Reid, who probably also gets her fair share of "you're cool!" comments on social media. Know who doesn't get a lot of supportive comments from friendly internet strangers? Teenagers. And with one in 5 girls in the U.S. experiencing online bullying in the past year, it's high time we took this issue seriously. As for how much Reid's time-traveling high school horror movie will help the cause, only time will tell.
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