Sarah Michelle Gellar Apologizes After Controversial Thanksgiving Lingerie Post

Thanksgiving is all about sharing and caring. Sarah Michelle Gellar tried to honor that tradition by sharing a posting a humorous picture of herself in lingerie on Instagram, complete with a joke in the caption section. But it wasn't well received. There were many people who were offended by the post, believing that the Buffy actress was fat shaming in her holiday-themed post. Taken aback by these claims, Sarah Michelle Gellar quickly apologized.

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Suffice to say, Sarah Michelle Gellar's lingerie post wasn't particularly well-received by everyone visiting her Instagram page. Some people found the exposing picture to be in rather poor taste for the family-related November holiday. Plus, few followers felt she was fat-shaming as well.

The post was meant to be comical in nature, as the actress wrote in the caption section that she planned to post that picture of herself all around the house to assure herself that she won't overeat on Thursday. But that wasn't how it was read by some people in the comments, and Sarah Michelle Gellar felt the need to apologize.

Later, Sarah Michelle Gellar went back onto social media to issue an apology, claiming that fat-shaming "could not be further from my intentions."

It's come to my attention that some people think I was 'fat shaming' with this post. That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that. I'm terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally 'shame' any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.

While the joke from Sarah Michelle Gellar was meant to be harmless, silly and self-deprecating in nature, that wasn't how it was received by many people-- and commenters weren't afraid to voice their objections. The Scooby-Doo actress wanted to take the time to clarify what she meant by the ultimately-controversial post, and it should hopefully settle the unsettled waters that are currently found on her Instagram page.

Everyone slips up every once-in-awhile, and Sarah Michelle Gellar seemingly had one of those moments this week. She, therefore, took the time to try to clarify herself and apologize for any offense she may have caused.

Time will tell how Sarah Michelle Gellar's apology will be received. While the Cruel Intentions actress didn't mean ill-malice by the picture and what she said, it was taken the wrong way by many people and they were hurt and dismayed that the popular film and television actress would fat shame -- if unintentionally. Lately, there have been more-than-a-few celebrities who've found themselves in hot water on social media, including Armie Hammer.

We'll keep you posted on the newest updates and developments in this ongoing story with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Meanwhile, for the latest scoop in television, film, video games, pop culture, and a whole lot more, you can be sure to check back with CinemaBlend.

Will Ashton

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