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People Who Mocked Chadwick Boseman For His Weight Loss Now Feel Awful And Hopefully It Teaches Them A Lesson
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People Who Mocked Chadwick Boseman For His Weight Loss Now Feel Awful And Hopefully It Teaches Them A Lesson

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer 4 years ago. The actor never spoke publicly about his illness and made numerous movies while fighting it. On Friday, however, Boseman lost the battle.

As tragic as his death is, it also serves as a reminder to never mock someone’s weight. You see, months earlier, Boseman posted a video to Instagram where he spoke about Operation 42, an initiative that aims to help hospitals serving African-American communities during the pandemic. In it, he appeared way, way thinner than most people were used to him being. And they noticed.

On Friday, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer

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Some commenters were generally concerned, asking: “Are you ok?” but others — not so much. They made hurtful jokes and even started uploading memes, all of which were mocking the dramatic transformation Boseman had been going through.

After his family released a statement about the actor’s death, his fan Haley Ruth Spencer, an English and theatre major from Tulare, California, made a Facebook post, highlighting just how ignorant these remarks were.

The actor never spoke publicly about his illness and had continued making movies even after the diagnosis

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However, one of his fans reminded everyone about a video Boseman posted a couple of months ago, most importantly, people’s reactions to it

Image credits: Haley Ruth Spencer

“I’m a big fan of Chadwick Boseman. Black Panther is one of my very favorite superheroes, and seeing the movie for my 20th birthday is a very special memory,” Spencer told Bored Panda. “He seems like he was just a really solid, humble, kind-hearted spirit. Just a rare example of a truly talented yet good person.”

Spencer said she discovered the jokes on Twitter, and even though she loves that app, its users are also deeply unkind on it sometimes. “I remember people were rationalizing their body-shaming by saying he had lost the weight for a role, but I still was uncomfortable and annoyed by them. I thought they were rude at the time, and now knowing the severity of his condition, I think they’re absolutely cruel.”

“I think the only time it might be appropriate to approach someone about a drastic change in their weight is when you are personally and closely acquainted with them. And even then, it’s my personal opinion that you shouldn’t bring up their appearance and just gently take them aside and ask how they’re doing in general.”

Spencer added that she never expected that post to be seen by anyone except a few of her Facebook friends, and that it’s been stunning to see how it has struck a chord with so many people. “I think it’s not at all about me. What I wrote isn’t special, Chadwick was. People loved him and are mourning him and seem to be taking this chance to better themselves and those around them by trying to raise awareness about the cruel comments he endured.”

Many of which seem so wrong now

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) states that weight loss is common among people with cancer, and it may even be the first visible sign of the disease. “40% of people say they had unexplained weight loss when they were first diagnosed with cancer. Weight loss associated with cancer may be different than other types of weight loss. Doctors refer to a weight loss syndrome called ‘cachexia,’ which is characterized by increased metabolism, loss of skeletal muscle, fatigue, loss of appetite, and decreased quality of life. Cachexia is very common in patients with incurable cancer,” ASCO wrote on its website, adding that up to 80% of people with advanced cancer have cachexia.

Here’s what others have been saying about the issue

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Stevie
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1 year ago

Do you guys remember wentworth miller? The picture of him that became a meme? Where someone put a pic of him at his prison break time next to one of him after he gained weight? He later explained that it was a pic of him after a gruesome depression during which he found comfort in food and that it was one of thefirst times he was smiling again and people made so much fun of him because of that pic. People got to stop commenting on other people's body weight. You never know what goes on with them and Chadwick and Wentworth are only two examples that we know of where the reality behind those pictures is so painful.

r-c-rausch
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1 year ago

Stevie ?

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The people who needed to learn from this won't. The real lesson is don't respond to cruelty. I hope their ignorant posts haunt them. They weren't fit to lick Mr. Boseman's boots.

Parmeisan
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, the article title promised me people "feeling awful" about mocking him, I don't see a single person actually feeling bad, just others criticizing. So in all probability, nobody learned any lessons here.

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Meeow
Community Member
1 year ago

Why the humble man have to gone too soon, and knowing he was fighting his battle but he still have time to go visit the kid, that makes me love him even more. May he rest in paradise Chadwick!

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Stevie
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you guys remember wentworth miller? The picture of him that became a meme? Where someone put a pic of him at his prison break time next to one of him after he gained weight? He later explained that it was a pic of him after a gruesome depression during which he found comfort in food and that it was one of thefirst times he was smiling again and people made so much fun of him because of that pic. People got to stop commenting on other people's body weight. You never know what goes on with them and Chadwick and Wentworth are only two examples that we know of where the reality behind those pictures is so painful.

r-c-rausch
Community Member
1 year ago

Stevie ?

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The people who needed to learn from this won't. The real lesson is don't respond to cruelty. I hope their ignorant posts haunt them. They weren't fit to lick Mr. Boseman's boots.

Parmeisan
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, the article title promised me people "feeling awful" about mocking him, I don't see a single person actually feeling bad, just others criticizing. So in all probability, nobody learned any lessons here.

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Meeow
Community Member
1 year ago

Why the humble man have to gone too soon, and knowing he was fighting his battle but he still have time to go visit the kid, that makes me love him even more. May he rest in paradise Chadwick!

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