Bridgerton’s Nichola Coughlan has fired back at a podcast host who called her “the fat girl” on Twitter on Monday.
Amanda Richards, host of the Big Calf Podcast, tweeted: “The fat girl from Bridgerton is wearing a black cardigan at the Golden Globes, because no matter how hot and stylish you are, if you’re a fat girl there will always be a black cardigan you think about wearing, then decide against, but ultimately wear because you feel like you have to.”
Nicola clapped back, tweeting: “I thought the cardigan looked ace, Molly Goddard used them on her runway with the dresses that’s where the idea came from, also I have a name.”
The outfit in question saw her wearing a yellow tulle Molly Goddard dress which Nicola paired with a black cardigan for her virtual attendance of the Golden Globes.
Amanda responded to one fan who defended Nicola, writing: “Agree, her style is killer and it was a choice! She replied and said so, and correctly called me out for not using her name.
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“I definitely projected my own feelings about the requisite fat girl cover up cardigan onto that look."
Despite stating she was using the term fat as a “descriptor” she was blasted with hate and abuse in response to the tweet.
Amanda told followers: "People scolding me, a fat person, for using the word fat as a descriptor while simultaneously calling me a c***, a b***h, a s**t stain, and a t**t… you simply love to see it."
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She also posted a screenshot of the tweet on Instagram naming Nicola but stating “being a fat girl who's into fashion is a cursed existence".
Amanda eventually deleted this post, stating on her Instagram Story: “I deleted the post about the tweet about the cardigan because the comments got out of hand. Will never delete on Twitter 'cause I don’t believe in that s**t and that’s where it came from originally”.
This is not the first time this week Nicola has had to defend herself against comments about her weight.
On Monday the actress tweeted an article she wrote for the Guardian in 2018 asking: “Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies?”
She added: “Also can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it's completely irrelevant.
“Every time I’m asked about my body in an interview it makes me deeply uncomfortable and so sad I’m not just allowed to just talk about the job I do that I so love.”
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