Hollywood actor and Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, lost the 4-year-long battle with colon cancer on Friday. Although he lived with the illness for years, he never spoke publicly about it, and filmed numerous movies while having multiple surgeries and going on chemotherapy.
As tragic as it is, Boseman’s loss should serve as a reminder for all of us that we should never-ever mock someone about their weight.
A few months ago, the actor posted a video on his Instagram profile in which he spoke about an initiative that aims to help hospitals that serve African-American communities during the pandemic. The initiative named Operation 42 serves a very important cause, but many people actually noted the actor’s weight in the video. You see, Boseman looked way thinner than we’ve been used seeing him, and even though some commenters were genuinely concerned about his weight, others used the opportunity to mock him and started sharing memes about his weight transformations.
After his family released the statement about the actor’s tragic loss, a fan of the actor made a powerful Facebook post in which he highlighted how ignorant the “jokes” were.
Spencer has since told Bored Panda that she’s a big fan of Chadwick Boseman, and Black Panther is one of their favorite superheroes. She has a very special memory of that movie, and she believes that Boseman was a really solid, humble, kind-hearted person, and a rare example of a truly talented yet good person. She discovered the jokes about Boseman’s weight on Twitter, and even though she loves the social network, she believes that people on Twitter are sometimes deeply unkind. Now knowing the severity of Boseman’s condition at the time, she believes that the comments were absolutely cruel.
This is the “joke” that was circulating the internet at the time:
Many people agreed that this was a very bad “joke” (if it can be called that way), and no one should EVER mock another person about their weight.