On May 5th, we wished Adele a happy 32nd birthday. Ever since, society has been arguing about her weight. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Let’s start at the beginning though. Adele has long been a successful artist, scoring fifteen Grammy Awards, eight Brit Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, and countless other achievements. Amongst her songs about heartbreak, joy, and empowerment, there’s always been some conversation about her weight. That’s the nature of the music business.
But on her birthday, Adele stepped out with a little black dress and turned heads.
Even though the post had nothing to do her body transformation, people immediately noticed. To be fair, she looks very different now! But that wasn’t the point. She thanked fans and friends for their birthday wishes, and showed support to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of recognizing that, social media erupted into a debate about what her new, slimmer size meant. Some people called it motivation to achieve their own weight-loss goals:
me after seeing pictures of Adele pic.twitter.com/vtVqFSWQwO
— ice queen (@moonemojii) May 8, 2020
Other commenters used her photo as an excuse to comment on the state of body-shaming in online culture:
The Internet: Adele, you’re fat. Be skinny.
*five years later, Adele loses 100 lbs*
The internet: oh, we should have clarified. we actually wanted you to start out that way.
— Ginny Hogan_ (@ginnyhogan_) May 8, 2020
Still others congratulated her on shedding the pounds:
Adele’s transformation is a kind reminder that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Happy Birthday Adele. pic.twitter.com/dMHNnFcBP7
— Rouvafe (@IamRouvafe) May 6, 2020
And more valid points were made about the debate:
Sorry but I don’t think Adele’s new body is as important as what’s been going on with coronavirus
— Adam Friedland (@AdamFriedland) May 8, 2020
Adele winning an academy award, 15x Grammy awards, and breaking more records than I can list is a kind reminder that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Happy Birthday Adele! Also, congrats on your personal health journey. https://t.co/3frxGCPSnT
— Robert Manion (@robertmanion) May 8, 2020