In the age of social media, there are very few things that go without notice. People seemingly have become more bold behind the screens of their devices as they voice any and every opinion they could possibly have, often without regard for the other person on the receiving end of things.
For some reason, though, this never seems to stop the ongoing drama constantly circulating around the internet. Recently, one celebrity made a bold statement about a new trend. Little did she know that one “seemingly harmless” comment would cause her so much backlash.
Celebrity trainer and television personality, Jillian Michaels, has been known to ruffle a few feathers from time to time. Her controversial error this time was commenting on the wildly popular diet trend - the keto diet.
When the 48-year-old was asked in an interview to give her opinion on the topic, she didn’t hold back at all. She replied, “They did this on purpose because they know I’m going to get super fired up about this. I don’t understand. Like, why would anybody think this is a good idea?”
She didn’t stop there. “‘You know what we need to do? All fat and animal protein...Ding, ding ding! No! Bad plan - for a million reasons. Let’s start with the first one. Your cells, your macromolecules are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. When you do not eat one of the three macronutrients - those three things I just mentioned - you’re starving your cells.”
She went on. “Those macronutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing, each and every one of them. Period. End of story.” She finished off by staying, “Avoid the keto diet. Balanced diet is key.”
Her passionate attack on such a heavily popular topic didn’t exactly sit well with some of the die-hard keto followers. One of those happened to be Today weatherman, Al Roker. He took to Twitter with his bold opinion.
“So @JillianMichaels says #keto is a bad idea. This from a woman who promoted on camera bullying, deprivation, manipulation and more weekly in the name of weight loss. Now those sound like bad ideas.”
Ouch. I don’t think anyone saw a response like that coming! Others quickly chose sides and a full-fledged Twitter battle broke loose. One user even added his two cents along with a picture of Michaels and Dr. Axe in a video promoting a ketogenic smoothie. “Why would you say that? She is clearly anti-keto (unless she can make a few bucks off of it, of course).”
What do you think about her response? Do you think it was necessary for her to so boldly throw her opinion into the ring, knowing full well how it would go over with the masses?