Ariel Winter is God's gift to social media for many reasons.
Sure, there's the fact that Ariel has giant boobs and frequently posts pics that come within centimeters of violating Instagram's no-nipple policy, but more importantly, she handles the slings and arrows of the Internet Age with genuinely admirable grace and humor.
In this way, she demonstrates to a generation that while selfies might earn you millions of followers (It helps to be on a hit TV show, of course.), it's the way you handle the inevitable trolls that come with those millions of followers that makes or breaks an Insta-star.
Yesterday, Ariel outlined her philosophy of hater-ism, by posting a heartfelt shoutout to her cyber-bullies in the form of a lengthy Instagram post:
"Every time someone bullies me online, it gives me a chance to re-emphasize to my fans, and even myself, how important self-acceptance is,” she wrote.
“Those who say such harsh things on my Instagram, thank you for this opportunity - but the question I ask myself each time I read the mean comments is if this is how you talk to a stranger online, I can only imagine how cruelly you speak to yourself.”
Ariel concluded the post:
“I love my fans and I love my bullies for what they truly need is love. Take the high road, there is less traffic.”
Pretty inspiring stuff.
(We'll even forgive the corny mom-ism at the end there.)
On a somewhat related note, Ariel also posted a photo of herself in a see-through skirt earlier this week:
How does that have anything to do with what Ariel wrote?
Glad you asked, hypothetical reader.
For some reason haters have been particularly critical of photos of Ariel's butt.
Not the photos themselves, actually, but the fact that she posted them online.
Apparently, these people are unaware that in our post-Kardashian society, butt selfies are basically a form of currency.
Millennia from now, future generations will study the artifacts we left behind and wonder why our society revolved around the worship of asses.
Not until they discover the Kim Kardashian sex tape will they truly understand.
Sorry, we kinda got off-topic there.
Anyway, props to Ariel for letting the hate roll off her back.