Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara on The Walking Dead, welcomed a daughter, Marlowe, late last year. And though the new mom was quick to get back to work on the Walking Dead set, it wasn’t long into season 7 before internet trolls and commenters took to social media to criticize and mock Masterson for her appearance.
On Tuesday, the actress took a stand against her cyberbullies with an inspiring, badass Instagram post condemning her tormentors and spreading some kind words of wisdom.
“Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and women who think it’s ok to comment on my weight: I hope you don’t have children,” she wrote alongside a photo of her baby daughter. “And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn’t ok to make fun of people or call people names.”
She even called out the childish behavior, telling the trolls to “grow the f— up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully.”
Further, she defended her post-baby body, and explained that nursing a baby for a year while pumping breast milk in between takes is a difficult job, but worth it for the benefits it gave her daughter.
“Before you decide to make a comment about my chest being ‘too large’ or how ‘fat’ I’ve become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life,” Masterson wrote.
Read the note in its entirety below.
Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn't ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else's shoes. Maybe you can't get it through your thick fucking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how "fat" I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn't have changed it for a second. I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the fuck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I'm sure she knows how "courageous" you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts. P.s.s. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever. ❤️✌🏼️