Ben Affleck Fires Back at Fat-Shaming Critic Who Made Fun of His Gut and Back Tattoo

“I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos.”

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Poking fun at sad, divorced, middle-aged Ben Affleck and his ugly back tattoo has become a pastime of celebrity bloggers everywhere (guilty!).

But Affleck isn’t going down without a fight. And we’re glad because fighting is great cardio.

A humor piece ran in the New Yorker of all places, titled “The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck,” remarking on the pitiable figure we see before us and what it says about our culture that we pity him. 

But mostly, it made fun of his back tattoo, which Affleck once falsely claimed was “fake” and “for a movie.”

“The tattoo—so gargantuan that the bird’s tail found itself dipping below the waistband of Affleck’s blue swim trunks—was plainly visible. In one image, the actor stands alone, looking off into the middle distance. His gut is pooching outward in a way that, in a more enlightened country like, say, France, would perhaps be considered virile, not unlike the lusty Gérard Depardieu in his prime but, in fitness-fascist America, tends to read as Homer Simpsonesque.”

He didn’t even let Matt Damon settle this one for him. Affleck took to Twitter to fire back, claiming he is doing “just fine.”

The Internet rallied around the unlikely body-positivity champion, celebrating him as the best Batman ever.

h/t Men’s Health