‘Why are you shaming fat people?’ TikTok is slammed over ‘fatphobic’ filter that makes users look bigger and gives them wrinkles so they can see what they’d look like if they were ‘ugly’

  • The effect, which has since been removed by the video streaming platform, allowed users to make their faces large and rugged looking 
  • Many people began posting videos of themselves with and without the filter back in June, as the song 1, 2, 3 by Sofia Reyes played in the background
  • The popular trend soon saw 100s of TikTokers joining in – but it garnered a lot of backlash from angered users who called it ‘blatantly fatphobic’
  • Many disgruntled TikTokers blasted the filter, with one writing, ‘How about we not make a trend that shames people for their body type?’
  • Some people, however, stuck up for the app and claimed that the filter gave them a ‘confidence boost’
  • One user said, ‘You go from having to see yourself with a larger, round, fat face and then you take off the filter and feel relieved you don’t actually look like that’

TikTok is being slammed over a ‘fatphobic’ filter which puffed up people’s faces and added wrinkles to them, so that users could see what they’d looked like if they were ‘ugly.’ 

The effect, which has since been removed by the video streaming platform, became popular in early June and allowed users to make their faces large and rugged looking. 

Many people began posting videos of themselves with and without the filter, as the song 1, 2, 3 by Sofia Reyes played in the background.

TikTok user @eunicetjoaa was one of the first to participate in the trend, and her video gained more than 30 million views and inspired others to try it too. 

TikTok is being slammed over a 'fatphobic' filter which puffed up people's faces and added wrinkles to them, so that users could see what they'd looked like if they were 'ugly'

TikTok is being slammed over a 'fatphobic' filter which puffed up people's faces and added wrinkles to them, so that users could see what they'd looked like if they were 'ugly'

TikTok is being slammed over a ‘fatphobic’ filter which puffed up people’s faces and added wrinkles to them, so that users could see what they’d looked like if they were ‘ugly’

The effect, which has since been removed by the video streaming platform, became popular in early June and allowed users to make their faces large and rugged looking

The effect, which has since been removed by the video streaming platform, became popular in early June and allowed users to make their faces large and rugged looking

The effect, which has since been removed by the video streaming platform, became popular in early June and allowed users to make their faces large and rugged looking

Many people began posting videos of themselves with and without the filter, as the song 1, 2, 3 by Sofia Reyes played in the background

Many people began posting videos of themselves with and without the filter, as the song 1, 2, 3 by Sofia Reyes played in the background

Many people began posting videos of themselves with and without the filter, as the song 1, 2, 3 by Sofia Reyes played in the background

TikTok user @eunicetjoaa was one of the first to participate in the trend, and her video gained more than 30 million views and inspired others to try it too

TikTok user @eunicetjoaa was one of the first to participate in the trend, and her video gained more than 30 million views and inspired others to try it too

TikTok user @eunicetjoaa was one of the first to participate in the trend, and her video gained more than 30 million views and inspired others to try it too

The popular trend soon saw 100s of TikTokers participating in it

The popular trend soon saw 100s of TikTokers participating in it

The popular trend soon saw 100s of TikTokers participating in it

But it quickly garnered a lock of backlash from people who blasted the app for offering the 'blatantly fatphobic' filter in the first place

But it quickly garnered a lock of backlash from people who blasted the app for offering the 'blatantly fatphobic' filter in the first place

But it quickly garnered a lock of backlash from people who blasted the app for offering the ‘blatantly fatphobic’ filter in the first place

The popular trend soon saw 100s of TikTokers participating in it – but it quickly garnered a lock of backlash from people who blasted the app for offering the ‘blatantly fatphobic’ filter in the first place.

Many people started posting videos bashing TikTok – as well as the people who took part in the trend – with one writing, ‘How about we not make another trend that shames people for their body type?’

‘Oh great, another fatphobic trend. We get it, y’all hate fat people. Go get an actual personality,’ another person wrote in response to the filter.

‘I know everyone’s making videos about this trend but yikes to anyone doing this,’ said someone else on TikTok. ‘Fatphobes.’

‘Why do people keep making filters to make fun of fat people? Lol what?’ asked a different angered user.

Many people started posting videos bashing TikTok - as well as the people who took part in the trend

Many people started posting videos bashing TikTok - as well as the people who took part in the trend

Many people started posting videos bashing TikTok – as well as the people who took part in the trend

'How about we not make another trend that shames people for their body type?' one angered TikToker wrote

‘How about we not make another trend that shames people for their body type?’ one angered TikToker wrote

'I know everyone's making videos about this trend but yikes to anyone doing this,' said someone else on TikTok. 'Fatphobes'

‘I know everyone’s making videos about this trend but yikes to anyone doing this,’ said someone else on TikTok. ‘Fatphobes’

'Why do people keep making filters to make fun of fat people? Lol what?' asked a different user

‘Why do people keep making filters to make fun of fat people? Lol what?’ asked a different user

'This trend don't sit right with me... Like, are you trying to reissue the fact that you're not fat?' quipped another disgruntled TikToker

‘This trend don’t sit right with me… Like, are you trying to reissue the fact that you’re not fat?’ quipped another disgruntled TikToker

Someone else wrote in a video of their own, 'Y'all see nothing wrong with this trend...?'

Someone else wrote in a video of their own, ‘Y’all see nothing wrong with this trend…?’

Another posted a clip of themselves trying out the filter and said, 'Oh no, I'm fat and ugly!' They then switched it off and wrote, 'Fooled ya, I'm skinny and pretty'

Another posted a clip of themselves trying out the filter and said, 'Oh no, I'm fat and ugly!' They then switched it off and wrote, 'Fooled ya, I'm skinny and pretty'

Another posted a clip of themselves trying out the filter and said, ‘Oh no, I’m fat and ugly!’ They then switched it off and wrote, ‘Fooled ya, I’m skinny and pretty’

Some people did stick up for the filter, however, with one TikToker claiming it gave her a 'confidence boost'

Some people did stick up for the filter, however, with one TikToker claiming it gave her a 'confidence boost'

Some people did stick up for the filter, however, with one TikToker claiming it gave her a ‘confidence boost’

'You go from having to see yourself with a larger, round, fat face and then you take off the filter and feel relieved that you don't actually look like that,' someone else wrote

‘You go from having to see yourself with a larger, round, fat face and then you take off the filter and feel relieved that you don’t actually look like that,’ someone else wrote

‘This trend don’t sit right with me… Like, are you trying to reissue the fact that you’re not fat?’ quipped one disgruntled TikToker.

Someone else wrote in a video of their own, ‘Y’all see nothing wrong with this trend…?’

Another posted a clip of themselves trying out the filter and said, ‘Oh no, I’m fat and ugly!’ They then switched it off and wrote, ‘Fooled ya, I’m skinny and pretty.’

‘This trend doesn’t sit right with me. Always with the fatphobic trends,’ the person added.

One TikToker, named Oliver, told Daily Dot that the trend made ‘his heart sad.’

‘I’ve been bullied my whole life for having a round face and it just reminded me of those times,’ he explained.

Some people did stick up for the filter, however, with one TikToker claiming it gave her a ‘confidence boost.’

‘You go from having to see yourself with a larger, round, fat face and then you take off the filter and feel relieved that you don’t actually look like that,’ she wrote in a video posted to her account. 

A look back at TikTok’s other controversies 

  • This isn’t the only filter that caused backlash for TikTok. Back in January, the company came under fire after releasing a filter that put a fake black eye and cut on your face, which many people used to prank loved ones by sending clips of themselves looking injured. However, it quickly received scrutiny for ‘romanticizing violence.’
  • TikTok also garnered negative attention when a group of mothers banned together and started removing videos of their kids from the platform, after they noticed that older men were leaving creepy comments about a three-year-old girl, named Wren Eleanor, who has become a viral star on the app
  • The video streaming platform has been the base of many controversial trends over the years – some of which even resulted in death. In June, two people died after a trend gained traction which involved people jumping in front of a truck in the hopes that the driver would either stop or swerve to avoid hitting them. Others died – including a 10 year old girl – as part of the Blackout Challenge, which encouraged users to hold their breath until they lost consciousness 
  • The app almost faced a lawsuit in 2020 after it was brought to light that it allowed people to use music without paying the artists. The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) threatened to sue TikTok if they didn’t fix the problem, but they soon changed their rules and musicians now make a profit every time their tunes are used

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