'The Flash' Star Grant Gustin's Response To Body Shamers Proves He Is A True Superhero

"I'm happy with my body and who I am ..."

The conversation around body shaming is typically centered around women, but The Flash star Grant Gustin's recent experience is proof that men need to be included, too. As much as we need to celebrate diverse female body types, we need to end body shaming for all people. 

It seems as though the speedy superhero is getting a new suit next season and, after photos of it were leaked online, some fans decided to express their disapproval with how Gustin filled it out — or, as it turns out, didn't. In the wake of this form of internet bullying, the CW lead took to Instagram to share a strong-yet-heartfelt response.

"As far as the body shaming. That's what pisses me off," Gustin wrote, discussing the issue we've seen other celebs, like Chris Pratt, bring up before. "Not even just for my sake. 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 shit about a dude's body."

The 28-year-old went on to explain how he tries to stay in shape and add on size when he can, but that his appetite is directly related to how much he is stressed. As those levels ebb and flow  throughout the season, gaining weight is a challenge for him. As Gustin notes, producers knew this when he was cast in the role.

"I didn't cast a slim actor as The Flash. I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I'd actually book," he continued. "But, here I am 5 seasons later. I'm happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way. Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on TV or film or whatever it may be someday."

As Gustin concluded, they're still working out kinks in the suit and he promised that fans will love the final product. He didn't even know the leaked photos were being taken, and there are still adjustments that need to be made.

(H/T: Time)

Cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

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