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08 August 2017

Man slammed for Instagram post about his ‘curvy wife’ claims he was only ‘offering a thought-provoking statement’

THE man slammed for a ‘sexist’ Instagram post where he praised his wife’s curvy body has hit back… and his wife has come out firmly on his side.

American entrepreneur Robbie Tripp caused an online storm last week after penning a very public post about his curvy wife, Sarah.

Robbie Tripp
Robbie Tripp appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend himself after causing online controversy
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In the offending post, Robbie bigged up his feminist credentials and told how he loved his wife’s shape and size even her body “won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan”.

But many women were less than impressed with the post, which they claimed objectified his wife and made out like he deserved praise for loving her because she was curvy.

Now Robbie has appeared on Good Morning Britain, hosted today by Jeremy Kyle and Kate Garraway, to defend himself, with him and his wife claiming that critics have taken his words “out of context”.

He said on the show: “At the end of the day it’s me celebrating this beautiful woman in my life.

“It was a post of her and celebrating her and telling people how much I love and adore and am attracted to her.

“And also just maybe even offering a thought-provoking statement about portrayals of women in the media and the amazing job that Sarah has done speaking to curvy women.”

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And wife Sarah even jumped to defend Robbie, despite the backlash he faced after posting his Instagram love letter to her.

She said: “I think a lot of people don’t have context to the post.

“What people don’t realise is I’m a body positive fashion blogger and I label myself as curvy and I talk about my thick thighs and booty.

“It’s not an abnormal conversation for us, and I think a lot of people don’t realise that”.


The original post attracted ridicule and criticism online, where commenters slammed Robbie for “objectifying” Sarah.

Journalist Julia Pugachevsky wrote on Twitter: “strong contender for least fave type of male feminist is ‘man who thinks liking a curvy woman is revolutionary’”.

But now Robbie has hit back at the criticism and attempted to clear things up.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: “It was meant as nothing but positive. The intent was pure.

“I think the majority of people got that but there’s always going to be a small group of people who want to cast negative attitudes towards something and we just choose to focus on the positive.”

Robbie Tripp
Robbie and his wife claimed the post had been taken out of context in their TV interview
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Robbie’s TV appearance did seem to win over some viewers, with one writing: “If his wife likes what he says then why should it bother us? His wife likes what he says about her! Stay out of it!”

Another Twitter user added: “I think it’s lovely he loves her no matter what she looks like and you could see it in his eyes when he looked at her. Forget the haters!”

Clearly, Instagram is a bit of a minefield: we recently revealed the shocking reality of the website’s biggest stars.

The latest online storm comes after we told how a feminist cafe had divided opinion by adding an 18 per cent tax which only applied to men.

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