Vin Diesel Applauds Amy Schumer For Showing Trolls “Compassion”

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When Amy Schumer posted a long Instagram note about body-shaming earlier this week, we could have guessed that certain celebs would repost it. Maybe Lena Dunham or Blake Lively? One person we did not expect: Vin Diesel. Yet, here he is, giving the comedian major support: "You beautiful angel...proud of you for writing this post," the xXx star wrote. "Compassion for all, even trolls, is never wrong. #LeadWithLove" Diesel himself received some insensitive commentary on his body last year, after photos of him looking less than ripped surfaced. "Honestly, I would rather it come to me than somebody else," he told Good Morning America.
Maybe this is what the movement to accept all types of bodies really needs: an action-star spokesman who has the ear of those who wouldn't necessarily tune in to read why Schumer loves her body. "Is it fat-shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game?" Schumer wrote while celebrating her spoken-word Grammy nominations for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. "I don't think so." In an ideal world, some of the bullies out there who may be big fans of Diesel would take note of his stance. At the very least, other people who have been bullied, online and off, know they've got one tough dude in their corner, too.
This is all the more fascinating because his most recent post is his Men's Health U.K. January cover, featuring the headline, "Vin Diesel's Blueprint to Wage War on Flab." Perhaps his whole message is this: Wage that war if you want to; embrace the people who don't.

You beautiful angel... proud of you for writing this post. Compassion for all, even trolls, is never wrong. #LeadWithLove #Repost @amyschumer with @repostapp ・・・ Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where's the shame? It's not there. It's an illusion. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I'm a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I'm fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will" #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo

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