Chance the Rapper "Liked" a Body-Shaming Comment on Instagram

By Marissa G. Muller, Allure
At its best, Instagram can be an endless feed of body positivity — and, at its worst, it can be a feeding frenzy for trolls. Chance the Rapper got swept up in the later after a screenshot went viral that depicted the rapper "liking" a negative comment on what was otherwise a positive post.

[post_ads]The post in question, which appeared on the feed of WorldStarHipHop, was a photo of three half-naked women covering their chests with the caption "SPONSORED: When @fashionnovacurve has the HOTTEST🔥Plus Styles🔥 Sizes 1X 2X 3X 😍 Shop and Follow @fashionnovacurve. Shop" It elicited a range of reactions from commentators, from, "These women are gorgeous❤️" to offensive ones such as, "Just puked." It was the latter comment, though, that some caught Chance the Rapper faving.

After the screenshot circulated to blogger Gabi Fresh, she posted it on her own Twitter timeline with this caption: "Ugh, Chance. Why??!!?? I loved you 😭😭😭." It didn't take long for her tweet to go viral, amassing over 1,100 retweets and over 2,300 likes before — after an onslaught of negative replies — Gabi made her account private.

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Before she did though, Chance the Rapper spotted it himself and quickly issued an apology on Twitter. "This isn't fake," he wrote, linking to Gabi's tweet. "I accidentally liked an offensive comment on IG. I apologize to anybody hurt by it and it doesn't reflect my character 🤕"
For the record: Body-shaming is never okay. We all have different bodies, and every body is worthy of equal respect and love. Also for the record: accidents do happen. It is entirely possible that Chance happened to stumble across a comment on a post and hit the heart button — lots of people have done it. That said, it is also possible that his fave was intentional. Either way, what we do know is that he immediately took responsibility for his actions and apologized to his offended fans, which is worth commending.

Judging by the flood of responses, that seems to be good enough for many of his fans, including Gabi herself. "I was disappointed when I saw the screencap being shared because I love him so much!," Gabi tells Allure in a text. "I'm happy he addressed it and confirmed it was done in error; I've hit the like button by mistake before, too. He's definitely still a fave."
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Juicy: Chance the Rapper "Liked" a Body-Shaming Comment on Instagram
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