Oh boy, here we go again… The Flash season five will begin in October and we still have two months to go. However, this week was pretty much a difficult one for the main star, Grant Gustin, who plays the Flash/Barry Allen in the CW hit series. A photo was leaked a few days ago that divided the fans on the costume design. Not only that, but some people actually called Gustin out and body-shamed him online!
*Gasp* How dare they?
“Bullsh*t Photo Leak”
That is how Gustin addressed the controversial photo. It only took one photo to create such drama. The S5 costume prototype is actually a comic-accurate take which should please fans, right? The photo leak destroyed the chance for surprise and awe it deserved due to the image quality. It shows an unaware Grant Gustin against a grainy background, looking tired. It’s no surprise that the actor ran into action once the situation got heated.
Cue in the photo debut.
Body-shaming and Trolling
It’s a shameful culture to body-shame. It mostly happens to women, but there are times when it happens to men. In this case, it, unfortunately, happened to him. The man looks good. That’s an understatement. Grant Gustin is hot! However, people really do have these unrealistic standards for actors who play superhero parts on-screen. One photo and people shamed him for being too thin, not having a superhero body and even his chin! Not only that, but he also had to deal with internet trolls.
Official Photo and Clapback
The official poster for The Flash season five is out and it looks good. A high-quality photo from the right angle does the job well. The Flash’s costume is comic-book-accurate, but it might take some time getting used to the loss of the chin strap. Gustin spoke out on the body-shaming problem and how he has dealt with it in the past:
“I’ve had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin. I’ve had my own journey of accepting it.”
He also spoke of the double standard, of how it is deemed acceptable to body-shame men.
“I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can throughout these seasons. I’m naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress. Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout a season. Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me.”
“I’m happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way. They should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on tv or film or whatever it may be someday.”
The Flash, Costume, Grant Gustin
Gustin advises other people to wait until they see the costume in its entirety. As for the character, the Flash isn’t like the other comic-book superheroes with bigger upper bodies and all. Grant Gustin, in real life and photos, also looks healthy and well.
It’s just one photo, one unflattering one that shouldn’t even be a basis. Come on, Internet! We all rave about angles and image quality so why must one photo dictate the quality of the costume? Photos should not be used to validate bad attitudes and intentions. It’s 2018; everyone can do better than that!
Also, doesn’t the official photo look swell?
The Flash season five premiers on the CW October 9. Till then, binge-watch the last four seasons and don’t be mean!