MIAMI — A Miami man, whose letter to his “curvy” wife went viral, got a big fat online clapback over the weekend.
Publicity-seeker Robbie Tripp, 26, who had penned an Instagram post praising his voluptuous wife, was not feeling the love online.
Hundreds of women have taken aim at Tripp — who recently gave a Tedx Talk entitled: Why I’m A Proud Millennial “Narcissist” –not only for his words about his wife, but also for past tweets where he’s made some rather unfortunate observations.
These include a transphobic tweet about Caitlyn Jenner in which he says “’Born a Bruce, always a Bruce. Clothes, make-up, surgery, and public acceptance still won’t change how you came into this world.”
Plus-sized model Tess Holliday asked social media users to “Stop giving men trophies for doing the bare minimum” after Robbie hailed his better half’s “thick thighs,” “big booty,” and “cute little side roll.”
In an initial post on Instagram, which showed a picture of the couple on the beach, Tripp stated “Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or movie character. She’s real.”
|| I love this woman and her curvy body. As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as “chubby” or even “fat.” Then, as I became a man and started to educate myself on issues such as feminism and how the media marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean) I realized how many men have bought into that lie. For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc. Her shape and size won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart. There’s nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room. Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She’s real. She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don’t ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated. There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah. || photo cred: @kaileehjudd
Though Tripp’s thoughts seemed heartfelt, some felt that the praise heaped on him sent the wrong message.
“That Robbie Tripp post gives me hope that one day, I too will find a man who fetishizes my weight to make himself feel like a hero,” one Twitter user wrote.
Holliday, 32, who has found success as a fuller-figured model with appearances in Vogue Italy, where she was photographed by David LaChapelle, and in an H&M campaign alongside Iggy Pop and sex blogger Karley Sciortino, lambasted Tripp for “using his wife to get attention.”
Tess also retweeted @SoulThot, who posted “Guy likes curvy woman* 16,667 favs, national news. Curvy woman likes herself* 12 favs, 48 people in your mentions talking about diabetes.”
Author of Creative Rebellion Tripp, who alleges that “As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as ‘chubby’ or even ‘fat,’” has inadvertently sparked a Twitter war.
One user wrote, “I would dump a guy so quickly for patting himself on the back for having the audacity to date me.”
Another added, “Strong contender for least fave type of male feminist is “man who thinks liking a curvy woman is revolutionary.’”
While his defenders, like Perez Hilton, asked readers to “Spread more stuff like this! Love trumps hate!”
Granted, Tripp probably laid it on a little thick when he said, “Her shape and size won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart,” but his intentions seemed to be good.
He did, however, appear to be riding his fifteen minutes of fame a bit far when he quoted Ethan Hawke of all people.
“When you’re young, everyone tells you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, people get offended if you even try.”