Tara doesn’t take crap from anyone on The Walking Dead and neither the actress who plays her.
After watching Sunday’s episode of the AMC series, which focused primarily on the character, many people took to social media to offer insulting comments about Alanna Masterson‘s weight. The actress began to film the current seventh season several months after she gave birth to her and boyfriend Brick Stowell‘s first child, daughter Marlowe, who recently turned 1.
“Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it’s ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don’t have children,” Masterson wrote on Instagram Tuesday, alongside a photo of her little girl.
“And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance,” she added. “I hope they learn that it isn’t ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else’s shoes.”
Masterson was in the second and third trimesters of her pregnancy while filming the previous sixth season in 2015. She had also called out body shamers on Twitter when she was eight months pregnant.
Her character was not pregnant and the actress dressed in loose-fitting shirts and heavy sweatshirts to hide her baby bump. Masterson has said in interviews she often brought and fed her daughter on set.
“Maybe you can’t get it through your thick f–king skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling,” she said on Instagram. “So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being ‘too large’ or how ‘fat’ I’ve become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life.”
“I wouldn’t have changed it for a second. I would’ve gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow,” she added. “Also, grow the f–k up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I’m sure she knows how ‘courageous’ you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers.”
Masterson’s recent episode of The Walking Dead contained her character’s most action-packed scenes.
“P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts,” she wrote on Instagram. “P.s.s. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever.”