Pamela Anderson has come out in support of Ariel Winter against the “Modern Family” star’s online body shamers.
Winter, 21, stepped out in a black cocktail dress at a party this week, revealing a slimmed-down physique and a stunning new red hairstyle.
But the former child star has been slammed by some online critics over her sudden weight change – including from some who even suggested she’d had plastic surgery, which Winter denied.
Former “Baywatch” star Anderson – who wrote “Stay strong @ArielWinter1” – explained on Twitter, “This social media world is a playground for shamers. It takes no thought or time to hurt people….it goes as far as the President of the United States. He’s definitely set a horrible example of self-restraint.”
Speaking from personal experience, Anderson sympathized, “While we all read our comments and are happy when we receive praise and devastated when someone is mean. And we want to defend ourselves. It’s a waste of energy to engage.”
She continued, “Unfortunately when you are in the public eye you are going to have people judge your every move…I prefer not to look.”
Perhaps alluding to her famous sex tape with former husband Tommy Lee which was stolen and leaked online in 1995, leaving her devastated, Anderson added, “I’ve learned that then (even back then) – your image can get away from you. It can negatively affect your career. Nobody is a cartoon character. We all have imperfect lives, pasts, things we were embarrassed of or want to remain private.”
She concluded, “Beauty is on the inside. And the only thing that is not beautiful is to be caddy [sic], rude, jealous, knee jerk or bully someone.”
Winter, who was 11 when “Modern Family” premiered in 2009, celebrated her 21st birthday in January and posted an Instagram picture of herself in a jumpsuit, which set the trolls off about her weight loss.
One wrote, “Nothing wrong with being honest and telling her we liked her better before ‘the change’ she was so beautiful before she started chopping up her body and if me saying so helps one gurl [sic] out there to feel beautiful who’s thinking of PS then its worth it.”
Winter fired back, “I appreciate you wanting to help girls love themselves the way they are, but you are also kind of cutting someone (me) down.”
“I also didn’t get plastic surgery. That is also not being supportive of women if you’re just assuming something about the way they look.”