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Influencer accused of fatphobia for calling a model ‘disgusting’

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  • Wendy Cheng, who goes by Xiaxue on Instagram and YouTube, received criticism for insulting a model.
  • She said the model, La’Shaunae Steward, was “morbidly obese” and “disgusting,” because obesity “should never have been seen as attractive because death and disease isn’t attractive full stop.”
  • Steward saw Cheng’s comments on her Instagram story and asked why thin people were so obsessed with calling her unattractive.
  • Many people responded calling Cheng “fatphobic” and said she shouldn’t judge someone else’s lifestyle because people can be overweight for many different reasons.
  • However, other fans agreed with Cheng and praised her for speaking her mind.
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Influencer Xiaxue, whose real name is Wendy Cheng, is being criticized for being unkind about body size. In a series of Instagram stories, she insulted a model and said morbid obesity shouldn’t be celebrated.

“It’s one thing to be chubby or fat but this is way past that,” she said alongside a screenshot of a model who was trending on Instagram, reported The Post Millennial.

“Most morbidly obese people don’t live past 40. They gorge themselves with 30 burgers a day and when they inevitably get a clogged artery or diabetes taxpayers have to help foot their medical bills when their health conditions are entirely caused by their irresponsible behavior.”

She added that obese people, including the model, were “disgusting” and “should never have been seen as attractive because death and disease isn’t attractive full stop.”

“Irresponsibility isn’t attractive,” she continued. “Even when they die [they] need 3 [people] to carry the corpse please. F—ing stop glorifying this s— @instagram shame on you.”

The model in question, La’Shaunae Steward, saw the story and tweeted a response about it.

“Why are thin people this obsessed with letting me know indirectly they think I’m unattractive to them therefore I’m not worthy of love, a career, being visible, and literally telling me the age im going to die?” she said. “Ok miss cleo.”

Cheng’s original post was reported for harassment and deleted by Instagram. But she decided to double down on her opinion, rather than apologize.

In the last 24 hours, she has posted several screenshots of articles on her story, including one that says nearly hald the US population will be obese by 2030, and one that says being overweight kills millions of people per year.

She also posted some of the reactions from people who disagreed with her. One person told her being fat “doesn’t hurt anyone” while another said, “We hate fatphobic bitches.”

“Skinny people die from stroke and diseases too lmao. I hope u die one day,” one person replied.

Some took the route of body-shaming Cheng for having plastic surgery, which she noted as “hypocritical.”

One fan said she really liked Cheng, but she couldn’t support this opinion.

“If you can live your life doing tons of plastic surgery who are you to judge someone else’s lifestyle?” they said. “I know you DGAF about my irrelevant opinion ah but this is really disappointing!”

However, other fans agreed with Cheng and praised her for speaking her mind.

“She didnt do wrong. She had an opinion,” one wrote on Twitter. “She didnt discriminate. She said her view.” Another said she had to agree because “romanticizing obesity is a no no.”

Cheng is known for being controversial on her YouTube channel. She has tackled other subjects like climate change and racism, and has said she’s a fan of fellow commentator Piers Morgan.

Insider has contacted Cheng for comment.

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