Adam Richman found out that non-celeb haters have a lot of power in social media; after he got into a battle with bullies on his Instagram account and the final score was Cyber Bullies – One: Man Finds Food – Zero. Granted the popular Travel Channel presenter did go over the top with his outraged response, but his act of standing up for himself has cost him dearly.
In this age of political correctness gone mad, people on the Internet who presumably wear size XXL clothing went on the attack after the Man Vs. Food presenter proudly posted a selfie on Instagram and commented on his impressive weight loss.
Unfortunately for the 40 year-old actor and television personality he used a hashtag that is a “catch-phrase” for sick websites that promote anorexia and bulimia. That phrase is #thinspiration and Amber Sarah took offense at the phrase, attacking Richman.
When Adam responded by calling the blogger a c*** and followed that up with the suggestion that those who took offense should get hold of a razor and “draw a bath.” The Travel Channel decided to take the side of the cyber bullies and pulled Richman’s show before its July 2 premiere.
So now the battle lines have been drawn. Adam Richman and his show Man Finds Food have lost the first round to the cyber bullies by a score of zero to one. Richman posted an apology online and has changed the access to his Instagram account to private after this battle of wills on the Internet.
The food show presenter explained that his reaction was unacceptable and that he did not ask for sympathy but understanding as he has battled with his self image for a long time.
According to TMZ, this heartfelt apology from Richman is not enough for blogger Amber Sarah, who started the whole battle. In a move that appears to ignore logic, Sarah declares herself happy that Adam’s show was cancelled. She then told TMZ that she wants Richman to pay penance by working with eating disorder organizations and, even though he is now out of a job with his show being cancelled, wants the presenter to donate money. While this move reeks of blackmail is is also illogical.
This is the same lack of logic allowed people to attack Richman when he inadvertently used the catchphrase of people with eating disorders rather than politely pointing out his faux pas. In this day and age of “owning” one’s mistakes and less than perfect existence, this hateful move smacks of not accepting responsibility for one’s life or actions. It is just another case of using political correctness to metaphorically slap someone around.
Adam Richman did just as children are taught at school when they are bullied. He stood up for himself. While he did go OTT in his reprisal, he also turned around and apologised for his inappropriate responses. The Travel Channel, in a knee-jerk reaction to the Instagram incident pulled the television personality’s new show.
If any of this sounds all too familiar, readers only need to look back at December 2013 to see the A&E network’s reaction to Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty when his homophobia made itself known via an interview. That network suspended the family head indefinitely but quickly had to back down and allow Robertson back on the show.
The Travel Channel has backed up the haters in the cyber bullies vs Adam Richman battle, with a score of one to zero, and pulled his new show. At this point, the network are not explaining why they pulled the air date of Man Finds Food. Perhaps they feel a tad guilty for supporting the bullies on the Internet or maybe they just don’t want to be forced to back down.
By Michael Smith