Ash Pryor is not backing down. Founder of the non-profit Relentless Rowing Academy, Pryor recently announced that she is joining Team Peloton as a rowing instructor. While some people celebrate the achievement with her, others took to the announcement to criticize and shame Pryor.
Pryor took to Instagram to call out the “disgusting fat-shaming comments” and set the record straight.
“This week I was able to share with the world a project I’ve been working on for almost a year and the love was unmatched. I watched FB hoping it would be the same as everywhere else. wasn’t,” she wrote. “The amount of shameful and disgusting comments, ironically by men with profile pictures standing with their wives and daughters, was overwhelming,” she wrote.
Pryor points out that fatphobia is not isolated. When people use social media to insult and disrespect other people’s bodies, they’re not just hurting that particular person; their families and friends are also affected by these harmful beliefs. Negative and controlling comments about someone’s body send a clear message that a person’s value and the respect they deserve is tied to someone else’s standards of desirability.
“Let me be clear. I’m in good health. I’m a size 12 pants. Plus size leggings, XL sports bra and plus size tank top. College me would be mortified by these sizes, but the 31-year-old healed man stands proudly in his truth. I fought to get this far in life,” she continued.
We already know that height is not a useful indicator of health. But let’s be honest: People who claim to care about fat people’s health and use it to shame them are often just looking for an excuse to express their own insecurities and fatphobic values in the name of “concern.”
“To all the fat bastards who question my health and call me Lizzo, that’s actually not an insult. I’m not sharing this for them, but for anyone trying to be first and still working on their stuff to drown out the ‘boos,'” she said. wrote, ending with some wisdom for anyone still struggling to find their confidence.
Pryor’s advice? Keep going, don’t back down and “let them talk while you work”.
Image source: Courtesy of Peloton