Singer Mariah Carey is being body-shamed on Instagram after posting a photo of herself on a date.
Commenters on Mariah Carey's Instagram are currently fighting about Carey's appearance in a particular photo of her and boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. "Mariah, you need to lose some weight cause your starting to look like a whale," someone said. Other people commented that she looked like "a tease," needed to "cover those airbags," or that she "looked gross."
Followers soon came to Carey's defense. "You know she has feelings too. Just cuz shes a public figure, what gives you the right to call her names... Would you like if you posted a pic & people criticized all your flaws??" one person wrote. Other people skipped the body-shaming drama and complimented Carey on her singing instead. "Thanks @mariahcarey for a beautiful show last night, thoroughly enjoyed EVERY minute," one said. Additionally, Tanaka reposted the photo on his own Instagram with the caption, "Love you babe!"
This is far from the first time Carey has been the target of body criticism. In Touch Weekly reported that just last week during the final performance of her Las Vegas residency, audience members repeatedly made fat-shaming comments about her appearance. She was also slut-shamed for wearing a flesh-colored bodysuit during her New Year's Eve performance this past December, while her Halloween costumes routinely receive criticism every year for being revealing or tight-fitting. Isn't it time we let the woman live and wear whatever she wants?