Grant Gustin Hits Back at Body Shamers After The Flash Costume Pic Leaks!

Fresh after the announcement that Ruby Rose will play Batwoman in the Arrowverse, a very unflattering photo of Grant Gustin in a new Flash costume leaked.

The The Flash star took to Instagram to assure concerned fans that no, that’s not the final look for the Season 5 costume.

But he also took aim at the hateful trolls who decided to body-shame him. Body-shaming is never okay.

After an unflattering photo of Grant Gustin posing in a new Flash costume was leaked, some fans were alarmed by the new costume’s look.

Worse, some trolls decided to body-shame Gustin for his narrow build.

In response to the backlash, Gustin took to Instagram, writing: “So here’s the thing about this bulls–t photo leak.”

“It’s a cool suit,” Gustin affirms about his actual costume. “There’s a terrible photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted.”

“Some things need work and they will be worked on,” Gustin acknowledges. “We’ll get there.”

The Flash Costume Photo Leak

(So, again, this is not the final look — this is an image from a fitting)

“As far as the body shaming,” Gustin continues. “That’s what pisses me off. Not even just for my sake.”

“I’ve had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents that I was too thin,” Gustin shares.

That is awful. Unless someone is unhealthy, there is no such thing as too thin or whatever. And even if someone is unhealthily thin, that’s still nobody’s business.

“But there’s a double standard,” Gustin acknowledges. “Where it’s OK to talk s–t about a dude’s body.”

True. Though we should point out that, just weeks ago, other vicious trolls singled out his unbearably gorgeous costar, Candice Patton, and body-shamed her over an alleged weight gain.

“I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can throughout these seasons,” Gustin shares.

Honestly, that’s really not necessary, and we’ll explain why in a bit.

“I’m naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress,” Gustin explains. “Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout a season.”

Some people stress-eat. Others can’t eat when they’re stressed.

Gustin explains: “Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me.”

“I didn’t cast a slim actor as The Flash,” Gustin explains. “I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I’d actually book.”

“But, here I am 5 seasons later,” Gustin affirms. “I’m happy with my body and who I am.”

That is great!

“And,” Gustin continues. “Other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way.”

He’s right!

Gustin adds: “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 some day.”

“I love the suit that has been designed for me,” Gustin shares to reassure worried fans. “And I think when everyone sees it in its entirety, you will love it too.”

Remember when some snapshots of the Titans cast leaked and fans were worried, but the photos were misleading and the real looks were revealed to be much better?

It sounds like this is happening again.

“Things have been adjusted since that leaked shot was taken,” Gustin promises. “And more things will continue to be adjusted until it feels right.”

Gustin also took to his Instagram stories to say: “F–k whoever leaked that.”

Gotta be honest, I’m a little behind on my Arrowverse shows — though I still know the spoilers. (Honestly, who didn’t know who Jessica Parker Kennedy was playing?)

But this case of body-shaming is especially odd because Flash is always, always supposed to be slimmer. He should have a track team build.

Unfortunately, a lot of television shows present male bodies in only one form, whether we’re talking about Teen Wolf of Arrow. Anybody else, even if large portions of the audience would find them attractive, keeps their shirt on.

This perpetuates the idea that there’s only one acceptable way to be attractive on camera.

Well, Flash is not supposed to be a “hunk.” He’s supposed to be a slender speedster.

But even if that were not the case, that would still be no excuse to body-shame anyone. Grant Gustin is a real person with real feelings.

And so, by the way, is Candice Patton.

So not only is there zero reason to body-shame either of them, but even if their bodies didn’t “look right,” you don’t get to ruin somebody’s day because their flesh prison isn’t shaped like you wish it were.

Other people don’t exist merely for your viewing pleasure.

We’re reasonably confident that the finished costume will look great. Even if it doesn’t, that won’t be the fault of any of the actors. Please be nice.


We Never Thought We’d Cry Over a Costume, But…

Imgur user BScribbs has shared a post titled "I'm just really proud."

Who is she proud of? Why might her story make you cry all the happy tears?

Scroll down to learn why (and prepare to cry all the happy tears as you do)…

1. This is the User’s Son

This is the users son
We don’t know his name. But he’s about to earn a standing ovation.

2. This Was His Halloween Costume

This was his halloween costume
Writes the users: “No one knew what my son was for Halloween and he didn’t care. He had a hard time picking out a costume this year. We walked out of two Halloween stores empty handed, he didn’t wanna be any of the characters…”

3. Who Do You Admire Most, Son?

Who do you admire most son
“Finally, Sunday night, I just told him to pick his FAVORITE HERO and I’d make the costume the next day. His eyes lit up and he yelled ‘Dad'” she explains. So she made him a costume of his father. AWWW, right?!?

4. Now the Dad is Our Hero, Too

Now the dad is our hero too
Continues the user: “His dad works long hours and rarely gets a day off. He runs a kitchen in a restaurant and comes home greasy, stinky, and exhausted every night. He works really hard to take care of his family.”

5. We Love This Story

We love this story
And, as you can tell by these reactions, we aren’t alone.

6. So Much Pride All Around

So much pride all around
So much deserved pride all around.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Her Halloween Costume is Actually Good!

Drop what you’re doing and look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Halloween costume. No, we’re not kidding.

If you haven’t seen the box office-topping 1995 crime-thriller, Se7en, then … well, beware. 22-year-old spoilers around.

Regardless, you need to see this.

Again, Gwyneth’s costume contains a movie spoiler, so be warned.

Though, to be fair, this particular movie spoiler is from 1995 and is old enough to drink.

We can talk about why it’s funny and why people don’t really root for Gwyneth’s costumes to be great in a moment.

But … you deserve to see this photo.

Twitter funny-man Patrick Monahan (not the guy from Train) tweeted: 

“It is with a heavy heart that I report that Gwyenth Paltrow’s Halloween costume owns.”

It is with similarly heavy hearts that we must absolutely confirm this.

Just look:

(The unnecessarily handsome guy with her is her boyfriend, Brad Falchuk, whose writing projects include … most of the stuff that you know Ryan Murphy for)

Okay, so, if you immediately got this, good for you and for your ’90s movie memory.

If not, let us refresh your memory.

(Or, again, potentially spoil a pretty epic crime thriller for you)

Way back in the year 1995, Gwyneth Paltrow was in Se7en alongside then-boyfriend Brad Pitt.

(And Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey)

Well, at the end, Gwyneth’s character’s head ends up in a box. The question “what’s in the box” comes up among the characters, and the answer was … yeah. Super unpleasant.

It’s a very famous scene and Gwyneth’s costume being a callback to it is great and shows a better sense of humor than most people imagine her having.

As for the reason that people don’t necessarily root for Gwyneth Paltrow to do things that are funny or likeable, well …

Normally, this would be because of overexposure.

Like, people get sick of a star being everywhere, so they decide to hate them.

Either something comes up (like a minor scandal) and people use it as an excuse to turn their resentment at seeing a celebrity everywhere into hate, or … people just hate them anyway.

In Gwyneth’s case, though … there might be some elements of overexposure or whatever.

But a lot of people are tired of her and her Goop.

Contrary to what she thinks, people don’t just hate her because she’s a woman, but because she peddles “alternative remedies” that have been famously blasted by doctors as ineffective and even dangerous.

Please go to real doctors instead of sticking rocks up your vaginas, folks.

Because of that and the way that Gwyneth talks — talking about “consciously uncoupling” because apparently “breakups” are too pedestrian or mainstream or whatever — she can really rub people the wrong way.

It’s nice and refreshing to see her displaying a down-to-earth sense of humor.

There are other famous films with famous spoilers that actors could potentially parody as Halloween costumes.

One that comes to mind is the spoiler from The Usual Suspects, though hopefully Kevin Spacey will just stay home this Halloween, considering the circumstances.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s controversies are much less serious, though.

It’s nice to see this side of Gwyneth every now and then.

Because she’s usually so full of … Goop.