“Today’s cultural battles prove that women are more irrational and emotional than men,” Owens wrote.
Bontempo, a verified health and fitness influencer on Instagram, called attention to celebrity and media dialogue that “being obese is normal and ‘healthy.’”
Like Owens, Bontempo asserted this as problematic. “Only women are insecure enough to fall for it,” Bontempo wrote.
Bontempo’s tweet accompanied a picture of American rapper Lizzo, sitting naked, holding a mug to cover part of herself.
Lizzo has been opening up online about her weight and pushing for body positivity but has received backlash. The music artist has created a shapewear clothing brand, Yitty, meant to be inclusive of “Every Damn Body.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair, she said, “I feel very lucky because I don’t feel that weight gain is bad anymore. Nor is weight loss—it’s neutral.” Lizzo continued to talk about how she tries to “lead a very healthy lifestyle—mentally, spiritually.”
Owens posted a follow-up tweet stating that comments on Lizzo’s Instagram posts are full of “batshit insane women telling her that she looks beautiful.”
Owens noted that this response is different for male celebrities. “Men do not lie to other men in this way. They do not pretend that clinical obesity is beauty.”