Plus size blogger receives thousands of cruel comments after posting a video about plane seats
A plus-size passenger who went viral on TikTok for criticizing the size of the travel seats has revealed she gets thousands of hate comments a day.
Kirsty Leanne, 29, from Shropshire, previously made headlines after sharing her experience flying with Ryanair, where she complained about the seat sizes.
She shared a video on TikTok (@kirstyleannetravels) of her experience with the budget airline, where she got a center aisle seat but was forced to ask for a seatbelt extender.
She then made headlines again after claiming she was left bruised after traveling on a National Express bus due to the seat size.
Kirsty Leanne (pictured) is a plus-size blogger. After sharing a video about the plane seats on a Ryanair flight, she says she is inundated with cruel comments
In her video, which shared helpful information for fellow plus-size passengers, the blogger shared information about the bathroom and seating
As a result of the video, she has received thousands of cruel and fat-phobic comments from social media users
But since sharing her experience more than six weeks ago, Kirsty, who blogs at Also traveling with large sizeshas received a barrage of snide comments on her social media and in article comment sections.
Some of the insults tell plus-size Kirsty not to fly with others, suggesting she’s getting salmonella from raw chicken to help her lose weight.
Others say she should ‘sit in the cow of the cargo hold’.
Another comment read, “You don’t deserve to take up more space and I’ll do what I can to make it as uncomfortable for you when I can.”
“Usually 300+ are stored under the plane,” notes another troll.
“There hasn’t been a day in the last six weeks where I haven’t received a hate speech,” Kirsty said.
“It doesn’t bother me if I get one or two, but if I get comments in the crowd, it can really hit me.
“My whole business is about showing people who are plus size that they don’t have to lose weight to have fun and it can be hard to get that message across when I’m told daily that it isn’t true.
“If it gets really bad, I have to take myself offline and catch my breath, but that can be tricky if my business is all about being active on social media.
“The worst comments are when people make quick judgments about my lifestyle or tell me that plus-size people don’t deserve to be treated the same as straight-size people.
‘It’s crazy that people in 2022 still think that way when it comes to weight and weight gain.’
In her video about flying a Ryanair plane, Kirsty noted that she couldn’t use the tray table because there wasn’t enough room, but she could move seats for extra space
The blogger shared a photo of her wearing a seatbelt extender during a flight
Other hateful comments have read: “Have fun in the operating room if the doctors can’t stitch your belly fat, it’s definitely the doctor’s fault.” [sic]
Another person wrote under a TikTok video: “You deserve it, you have silenced anyone trying to help. I hope heart problems get to you soon.”
A troll said, “You deserve nothing!” before commenting again a minute later saying, ‘I hope you’ll never be able to live a normal life! You don’t deserve it, damn disgusting.’
Another TikTok user wrote: ‘Fat people don’t deserve to fly, travel or even have fun, they should be banned from the gym until they get fixed.’
Kirsty estimates that she gets between 50 and 3000 hateful comments per day under videos or articles.
She tries to shake it off for the most part, but admits to picking up some particularly mean comments.
Her video sparked a deluge of vile comments from social media users, with some making bold comments and others suggesting the blogger should lose weight
She added: “I know everyone reacts differently to hate comments. Some people remove, block and ignore them and others choose to deal with them.
“I don’t think either is wrong, because everyone handles things in their own way and I know from experience how much they can swallow you.
“Personally, I do respond to the strange comments, but it can be difficult to keep up. I don’t feel obligated to answer, but sometimes it’s hard not to, especially when I feel like I have to defend the plus size community.
“I would hate it if others saw what people are saying without reassurance that the trolls are wrong.
‘I still have a little fun with it every now and then! Especially if someone notices something ridiculous.
Kirsty says she sometimes responds to mean comments, but it can be hard to keep up with them all
According to Kirsty, many people judge her based on her body size, but she says all bodies are worthy of respect
‘People are quick to judge me based on my height. They see me as a burden to society and they are not afraid to tell me that.
“Whether it’s telling me I’m going to have a heart attack in my thirties or that they don’t like looking like me, any comment they have to make is because I’m in a bigger body than they are.
“In reality, they should be directing their anger at airlines and other spaces that are not accessible and are the reason they are not comfortable.
“Of course their response is, ‘Well, it’s your own fault that you’re fat,’ which is simply not true.
“There are so many factors that can influence one’s weight and whatever one’s circumstances are, they should not be deserving of less respect, pleasure, comfort and safety.”
The blogger says that while the internet can be a cruel place, it’s important to stay true to yourself
Despite all the mean comments she’s gotten, Kirsty hasn’t deterred from blogging, and she’s vowed to keep sharing her experiences.
But determinedly Kirsty is not deterred by the snide comments and continues to share her experiences.
She added: “I just want everyone to know that the internet can be a cruel place sometimes, but no matter what everyone thinks, it’s important to stay true to yourself.
“Happy people don’t hurt others and for the most part the people who leave these comments aren’t happy in their own lives and take it out on others.
“If you’re ever in a position to get a lot of comments, remember that their opinion doesn’t have to define you.
“Deal with it in the way that best serves you and stay your great self.
“For those who leave hate comments on people’s posts, remember that there’s a person like you behind the screen reading them.”