Olympic champion gymnast Ali Raisman had a few words on social media for some folks who noticed her biceps. (Courtesy Twitter)

Scoop: Aly Raisman defends biceps, slams body shamers

It seems bizarre, but an Olympic gymnast has to respond to jerks commenting on her physique.

Aly Raisman — the most decorated gymnast in the 2012 Olympics and a gold medalist again in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — addressed a body shaming incident that she experienced at airport security on Twitter.

First, a woman security worker asked her if she was a gymnast and said she recognized her because of her biceps, and then a man at the scene said, “I don’t see any muscles,” while continuing to stare at her.

The Olympian, 22, went on to say that the man was “very rude” and was “staring at me shaking his head like it couldn’t be me because I didn’t look ‘strong enough’ to him.”

She doesn’t hold back in final remarks: “I work very hard to be healthy and fit,” she tweeted. “The fact that a man thinks he [can] judge my arms pisses me off. I am so sick of this judgmental generation. If you are a man who can’t compliment a girl’s [arm muscles] you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are you kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?”


Speaking of celebrity bodies, actress Sarah Hyland (from “Modern Family”) also has few pithy words about folks who are saying she’s promoting anorexia.

“I’m here to say that no-one should aim to be the weight that I am right now,” the admittedly skinny actress said in response to criticism about her appearance in an online photo (in which she’s wearing a very large T-shirt and nothing else) that prompted some to say she is anorexic.

Hyland underwent a kidney transplant in 2012 after battling kidney dysplasia her whole life.

“I’m not in control of what my body looks like,” the actress said in a post on Twitter. She added: “I’m a 26-year-old woman who goes through more than you could ever imagine on a daily basis.”


San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery has a new flavor, called Summer of Love. Available beginning June 1, its distinctive ingredients include hemp seed oil, blackberries and fennel pollen. Creamery co-owner Kris Hoogerhyde says it was inspired by her mother-in-law telling stories of how her son, as a toddler, picked her flowers on hippie hill. … In other ice cream news, Humphry Slocombe has created the limited edition Priscilla’s Tim Tam Slam — Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee ice cream, chocolate chips and crushed Tim Tam cookies — in honor of Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert-The Musical” onstage at the Eureka Theatre.


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— Staff, wire reports

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