Liv and Maddie and Rocky Horror Picture Show star Ryan McCartan is super engaged with his fans and absolutely loves sharing his thoughts on the world with his followers. He's truly motivational, and his super inspirational "Me Monday" videos on YouTube are proof.
In an Instagram live video stream he did last night with his fans, Ryan answered some super personal questions and used them as an opportunity to share his thoughts and views with those who support him. When the topic of body-shaming came up, Ryan was quick to respond.
"I think a lot of people think it's usually men, but the big problem is like a lot of the time it's women against other women. That's a big thing. As a man who would literally die for my sister or for my mom or for my female friends – like as a hardcore male feminist – I will stand up for women one hundred times out of one hundred. But the weird thing is a lot of other girls won't stick up for other girls, and that's really [messed] up," the actor said.
We agree that negatively saying anything about one's appearance is downright malicious.
He continued, "I think the biggest conversation to have around body-shaming is that we all need to form an alliance together – and we need to understand that this is not just a female issue. Men get body-shamed too."
In fact, Ryan has been a victim of body-shaming it as well.
"I am a pretty skinny guy. I'm not like ripped, right? And I've been like body-shamed by Hollywood or body shamed in gym class in [freaking] high school or whatever. This isn't just a female issue."
The actor made a point to clarify that body-shaming isn't just something that happens to teenage girls – it's everywhere.
"It's not just teenagers. I know [grown up] women with eating disorders because of body shaming. So it's a huge issue. It's completely not okay. It absolutely goes under the guides of bullying," he continued. "We need to form an alliance. If you see [body-shaming] happening, you need to call it out."
So how does one stand up against body-shaming? Ryan says it's all about not being a bystander.
"Confrontation is a good thing. You need to confront people. We can't be so scared and sit back and have the whole bystander effect and be like, 'Oh, someone will take care of that.' No, no – you need to take care of that."
Ryan added, "Pretty people really make me mad because no matter how pretty you are and no matter how skinny you are, there's always going to be someone prettier, there's always going to be someone skinner. And frankly, the most beautiful people tend to have the biggest body issues anyway. So there's no right or wrong body."
Ryan rounded things up by explaining that judgement of all kinds derives from people neglecting to accept people who are different from their own particular culture, appearance or anything else that sets them apart.
"Body-shaming and racism and sexism and, you know, speaking out about people with different sexual orientations – it's all the same thing. It's just people seeing something different than them and making fun of it because we're afraid and we're idiots. We can't do that anymore."