Cassie Young got a lot more than she bargained for when she politely declined a personal trainer who approached her on Twitter, offering to help her get in shape for her upcoming wedding.
In a series of Twitter DMs that she shared via Facebook, Young showed how her exchange with the unnamed trainer initially started out friendly, but quickly escalated when the trainer started to body shame Young about her weight. The trainer’s initial message offered a “congratulations!” and explained his services to help Young “get in shape.”
“I am in shape! Thank you so much for the offer though,” Young gamely replied after the initial message. The trainer didn’t seem to get the message, however, and pushed onward with his sales pitch.
“I know you want to look your best on your wedding day,” he wrote. “If you don’t hire me hire someone. Those pictures last centuries. Your children’s children’s children will still have those pictures. You want your best you.”
At this, Young didn’t immediately clap back but instead offered a sincere response explaining that she wasn’t concerned about having to weigh a certain amount on her wedding day.
“I know I’ll look my best because I’ll be so happy I get to marry the man I love,” she replied. “It’s taken me a long time to love my body. I’m constantly shamed or reminded that I’m heavy and I should be embarrassed … Health is one thing, and it’s something I’m working hardcore on. But the idea of me being embarrassed by my wedding pictures because I might be fat in them and people centuries from now will be ridiculing me? That’s the insinuation and I say F**k that noise!”
The trainer didn’t back down after Young’s powerful message, however, and began throwing unprovoked insults at Young, including “You can accept how you look but you can’t be happy with the way you look” and “You love food and you know that’s not the right way to live.”
Young then rolled up her sleeves and issued the most epic reply ever, taking the trainer down point by point and ending on a mic drop-worthy note. “People don’t want you to fat shame them because it’s F**KING MEAN TO MAKE SOMEONE FEEL BAD ABOUT THEMSELVES BASED ON THEIR APPEARANCE,” she wrote. “It’s a s–tty thing to do, and even s**ttier to try to convince someone otherwise so you can profit off of it. Get some morals.”
In her Facebook post detailing the infuriating exchange, Young added as a note to anyone reading her post: “If you think of life as a ‘game’ with being skinny as how you ‘win,’ this guy is offering to play by the rules and get you there. I’m telling you the game is BOGUS. You don’t need the game. I reject the game. I REFUSE TO PLAY. It’s a fake construct that you can step outside of. … Life is waiting for you. It’s too short to be spent worrying about a belly roll. Go be happy and live it to your fullest.”
Young’s post has been shared more than 150 times and nearly 1,000 reactions.