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Rihanna, pictured May 19, 2017 at Cannes Film Festival, the singer has fallen victim to a fat-shaming article. Reuters

Pop songstress Rihanna fell victim Wednesday to a hefty article devoted to her recent weight gain. The article "Is Rihanna Going to Make Being Fat the Hot New Trend?" was written by sports blogger Chris "Spags" Spagnuolo for website Barstool Sports. Sprags may have a problem with Rihanna's "high key thiccness", but the singer couldn't care less.

After Spags shared his article via Twitter, it was quickly and rightfully met with backlash for a series of fat-shaming comments within it. The writer now claims that he's being cyberbullied for sharing his opinion of Rihanna's current weight.

Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, made the executive decision to delete Spags' article. In doing so, he offered up a semi-apology to those who were offended by the viral story.

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"We have an extremely minor controversy going on with this fat shaming blog that Spags wrote. Lots of feminists not happy about it," Portnoy wrote. "I don’t think the blog was as bad as many are making it out to be, but I’ll tell you this. It wasn’t that funny either and I could have told you with absolute certainty that feminists would hate it and use it as an example of 'there goes Barstool being Barstool again.'"

This isn't the first time Rihanna has dealt with the wrath of fat-shamers.

According to Paper magazine, in 2013, a Rihanna fan created the word "Thickanna" to honor her thicker identity. Nonetheless, the Rihanna Navy is more than thrilled to see the return of a Thickanna era as many have expressed their excitement on social media Wednesday. Sadly, Rihanna is amongst a long list of celebrities who fall victim to fat-shamming comments.

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After wearing a pink bikini on vacation in April 2015, the former Disney starlet had to set the record straight for body haters.

During an appearance on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," she revealed that "it was the first time" she'd been called fat.

"But it was weird because it’s not just, 'Oh she’s fat.' It’s like, 'She’s a mess. She’s gone off the deep end.' I’m like, 'Because I’m on a vacation wearing a bathing suit?'" Gomez told Degeneres on the show. "Actually, technically that is a little too small for me, but I didn’t care."

After the pink bikini paparazzi photos went viral, Gomez responded to her fat-shamers on Instagram, writing, "I love being happy with me [y'all]."


As a part of her 2014 feature with Redbook magazine, Simpson revealed her opinion of tabloids who've commented on her weight gain with criticism of her post-baby body.

"I never listen to it, no matter who the press talks about when they’re pregnant. It’s ridiculous and unfair," she told Redbook. " I think any woman who is pregnant and creating a life is pretty much entitled to eat whatever she wants as long as she’s healthy. I wasn’t going to let the media take away from what was one of the happiest times in my life."


In November 2016, Lovato spoke with "Galmour" magazine about how she deal with body shamers.

"I don’t have a six-pack. Maybe I don’t even want a six-pack," she told Glamour. "It doesn’t sound very appealing."

The body confident singer was also hit with another wave of backlash in 2015, according to SheKnows. Although her Instagram picture was meant to be an inspirational message for fans, many deemed her as "fat" for praising her curvacious figure.


Back in 2007, Banks was met with tabloid headlines like "Thigh-ra Banks" and "America's Next Top Waddle" after photos surfaced of her in a bathing suit, according to E! News.

The supermodel had the last laugh as she walked onto her talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show," with the same exact bathing suit tabloids mocked her for.

"If I had a lower self-esteem, I would probably be starving myself right now," Banks told her show's audience. "That's exactly what is happening to other women all over this country."


In a 2014 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Kaling discussed her hatred for people's belief that it "courageous" of her to wear anything.

"They’re like, 'It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels so comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster,'" she told Kimmel. "And I’m like, 'I run and work out. It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal, chubby woman.'"


When headlines surfaced back in 2015 about the possibility for Schumer to play Barbie in a live action movie, the comedian had the best response for her trolls.

"Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so," she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. "I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love."

This message was included alongside a photo she posted of herself in a bathing suit.