Last week, the 80th Golden Globes hit screens, and viewers were met with their favourite celebrities dressed in full glitz and glam, ready to celebrate the best of what Hollywood has to offer. 

The event kicked off awards season perfectly, and viewers took to social media to rave about their idols, but not everyone was celebrated during the event. 

Selena Gomez has faced a torrent of abuse online following her appearance at the awards ceremony, and she has since hit back at haters for body-shaming her.

The event took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and it was a night to remember. An esteemed panel of professionals from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected the most deserving winners.

It was a prestigious occasion, filled with stars from all corners of the entertainment industry that were excited to be honoured for their hard work and dedication.

There were some clear stars of the show when it came to accepting awards. Unsurprisingly, The Banshees of Inisherin won best picture, for a musical or comedy, and received a whopping eight nominations throughout the night. 

Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans won the final award of the night for the best motion picture drama.

When it came to the TV category, HBO’s House of the Dragon won best drama television series, while Abbott Elementary won best television series, musical or comedy. The White Lotus was also very successful, winning best limited series, anthology, or TV movie.

However, before the awards got underway, there were a few things that needed to be mentioned…

Obviously, the Hollywood Foreign Press has not been without controversy over the last few years, and that is something that many people wanted them to address.

During the show, President Helen Hoehne mentioned the changes made to the organisation in order to ensure that its members had a more diverse representation.

“We commit to continue strengthening our partnership with Hollywood and with the worldwide fans who celebrate the best on film and television,” she said. “We will continue to support groups that amplify a variety of voices and continue to add representation to our organisation from around the world as we did this past year.”

The HFP’s lack of diversity was also addressed by Host Jerrod Carmichael: “I’m here because I’m Black,” he said in his opening monologue, adding that the association “did not have a single Black member until George Floyd died.” His comments seemed to spark a positive response from Twitter users, and his name quickly began trending on the site. 

But that wasn’t the only thing people were talking about from the night. Singer Selena Gomez and her magnificent get-up has been the subject of conversation online, but it seems not everyone was impressed by her appearance. Many viewers took to Twitter to share cruel comments about her size.

Gomez was spotted in a stunning, off-the-shoulder, purple gown that sported large puff sleeves, and she looked utterly beautiful.

However, the internet clearly didn’t agree, as dozens of social media users took to Twitter to share their thoughts on her appearance, with many body-shaming the star. 

Commenting on her red-carpet look, one Twitter user said: “Looks a bit dumpy in my opinion.”

A second wrote: “Damn, she got fat.”

“Selena is so horrible looking now. What happened?” another chimed. 

However, some hit back, explaining that the star suffers from Lupus, which can cause people to gain weight. 

One user said: “The rudeness in here, yikes.”

Another added: “This thread is a reminder that it’s women who tear each other down.”

Gomez has only just returned to social media after a break due to hurtful comments, just like these, getting too much for her. 

But it seems Gomez has learned to fight back as the star explained on an Instagram Live with her sister after the event: “I’m a little bit big right now because I enjoyed myself during the holidays,” adding: “But we don’t care.”


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