Before he passed away, Chadwick Boseman's social media was filled with body-shaming comments - and it serves as an important reminder for how we talk to people online.
Some of the comments the actor received were utterly disgusting...
The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman shocked us all.
https://t.co/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@Chadwick Boseman)1598667110.0
But he has left behind some amazing content to remember him by...
Black Pather completely revolutionized the film industry.
We'd never seen anything like this before.
And even outside of the storyline, this movie broke barriers.
In the past, we have struggled to see such overwhelming representation.
But Black Panther saw a whole new story brought to life.
And one of the main reasons for this was the cast members...
But the star of the show was none other than Chadwick Boseman.The Guardian described him as a man who is helping to "[open] up people's minds."
The forty-two-year-old plays the character, Black Panther.
That's why he talked about the pressure that came about with such a big role.
"So you have to get it right."
Even though Boseman seemed pretty happy and excitable on his socials, fans pointed out that he didn't look well...
Lots of people sent him well-wishes...Like this user.
Others defended his privacy...
Chadwick Boseman does not strike me as one who likes intrusions, so invading his privacy by sliding into his commen… https://t.co/f7TNoza5iY— Maco (@Maco)1587037520.0
But then it all made sense when the announcement was made...
Before the heartwrenching announcement was made...
It’s not lost on me the way the internet bullied Chadwick Boseman the last two years about his appearance, him look… https://t.co/ANkvHPdyRk— Key. (@Key.)1598667901.0
Fans and the media offered their opinions, speculating about the cause of his weight change.
Chadwick Boseman died after battling colon cancer for years and just months ago tabloids were making puns over his… https://t.co/i5Num4PyZ2— Michelle Rennex (@Michelle Rennex)1598669724.0
In fact, some implied that he must have been using drugs.
I’ll never forgive Twitter for calling Chadwick Boseman the Crack Panther when he lost a lot of weight. He had cancer.. Rest In Peace.— C O D Y 9 9 9 💚 (@C O D Y 9 9 9 💚)1598668171.0
But there's no denying some of the comments were all-out body shaming.
Chadwick Boseman was relentlessly castigated over his drastic weight loss to the point where he had to delete pictu… https://t.co/yWbXuEbw6p— Jordan Sumbu (@Jordan Sumbu)1598669059.0
RIP Chadwick Boseman. I remember when he was trending for his drastic weight loss. Some people expressed genuine co… https://t.co/WR5O1GSm4s— TheNiceCast (@TheNiceCast)1598668532.0
Boseman's experience also echoes similar comments targeted towards celebrities like Adele and Jason Momoa.
Social media users bullied Chadwick Boseman and called him “Crack Panther” when he lost weight fighting colon cance… https://t.co/TJE03NPwrH— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1598708410.0
Many experts say it's a complete myth that weight gain or loss is automatically an accurate marker for internal health.
via: Getty ImagesAnd that this depends entirely on context, including a person's overall health and life circumstances.
The reality is: healthy bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
via: Getty ImagesBy the same token, we never know what is going on behind closed doors, as has been proven with Boseman's private cancer battle. So, before you comment on someone's body - stop and think.