Bloggers Under Fire | Seersucker Sass

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bloggers Under Fire

I recently stumbled across an article called "Seriously, Stop Pretending You Ate That." 
The gist of the article is that someone anonymously created an Instagram account that "calls bloggers out" (or in my opinion, accuses them) of having posed a photo with food and then having not actually eaten the food.  Apparently it isn't possible to be skinny and eat a donut (because donuts are the new macarons.) 

In a way, I think this sheds light on how unrealistic some blogger photos can be.  But then again, if you're blogging for a living, why wouldn't you do everything you can to produce the best photos for a post?  Or even if you're just blogging for fun, your photos represent your brand.   

One thing that does bother me is that the site insinuates that you can't be skinny or super in shape and eat donuts.  I'm considered slim (but definitely not in shape) and somehow possess a thigh gap (partially genetic and partially because I'm sucked into my Lululemons,) but I do eat donuts.  And bagels.  And lots of pasta.  And my boyfriend's fries.  And sometimes, when I'm still hungry after a meal, I get dessert.  Maybe there are bloggers out there that don't eat their food?  Not my business, not my problem.  But feel free to send your leftovers to this girl right here!

And honestly, who takes photos with food in their mouth?  That's gross and tacky.

And one last thought, if someone is going to challenge and mock bloggers for their food photos and encourage them to have a sense of humor, why wouldn't said someone reveal who they are?  Is this blogger Gossip Girl? 

Not that my opinion really matters or that I'm a prominent enough blogger to be featured on their site, but here are some pictures of me with food that I actually ate.

 I wish Serendipity 3 sponsored me so that I could be photographed in Vegas with strawberry smoothies & frozen hot chocolates all of the time.

 Right before I lovingly sucked his head off and then finished off that crab leg on my plate.

 I admit, I only had the sprinkly piece.  But I did discover that they both taste the same.  Sometimes food is so pretty that you have to photograph it!

 Is chai low in calories?  I guess it doesn't matter since I had Pringles with it.  #airportdiet

 Not going to lie, I was nice and shared this piece of cake with my boyfriend... but only because he was paying ;)

 One of three desserts that I ate that night! 

So yes, I did eat that ;)

What are y'all's thoughts on the "You Did Not Eat That" phenomenon?  I would love to hear your perspective!




  1. haha great post! It all looks delicious! And I think that people who make comments like this are a) jealous or b) have too much time on their hands.

    1. I agree completely! All you can do is pray for people like that!

  2. Great post, omg everything looks amazing, makes me hungry!


    1. Haha, right?! I am always hungry I feel like, but especially hungry right now... probably from looking at these pictures again. Don't crab legs sound great right now? ;)

  3. I feel like the whole "you did not really eat that" thing is just ridiculous! Someone obviously is just trying to tear people down with the smallest silliest of things. Great post though, I loved seeing all the deserts!! Especially the cake covered in sprinkles!

    Pick Your Beau

    1. I agree! The cake was yummy, but no where near as good as funfetti!

      Have a great long weekend! XX

  4. This is ridiculous! I could show pictures of some of my finest friends who eat fried food constantly and eat late night meals constantly.

    I think this highlights the bigger issue, are you a "famous blogger" or are you blogging about your real life. I eat my food. I also HATE cooking so you won't catch me talking about cooking unless it is some super super easy dip to bring to a party that won't give my friends food poisoning.

    I love REAL blogs like your blog. That I can relate to. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words! That definitely made my day :)

      Enjoy this long weekend & don't have too much fun packing ;)

  5. I think that article is pretty awful :/ I mean, they're basically accusing bloggers of having eating disorders. And I think they are forgetting the fact that pretty much EVERYONE instagrams their food nowadays. It's a thing. Bloggers may look prettier, but that doesn't mean they don't eat it.
    And I'm with you on being mad about the can't be skinny and eat fatty foods thing. I'm skinny (but not in shape) and I eat fatty food all the time. No need for anyone to be pissed at me for that!

    Great post, dear!

    xo Kylie

    1. I agree that everyone instagrams their food! Remember when Instagram used to be mostly filled with food photos? That was awful.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  6. This is crazy!! I think it's possible to stay in shape and still enjoy comfort foods in moderation. I think it's sad that there is any blogger shaming involved, we should be supporting one another!

  7. "Blogger shaming" is the perfect term for it! I'm genuinely surprised that the account owner hasn't gotten in trouble yet for using other bloggers' pictures.

    Hope you're having a great long weekend!

  8. This is so true. I NEVER post any 'unhealthy' food on my instagram or twitter, simply because people always comment that I probably threw it up after (I'm a recovered bulimic) or that my fiance ate it or something like that. I am generally pretty healthy and I'm active, but yes, I do too eat treats whenever I feel like it. I hate that people feel this way about us slimmer girls.

    Great post :)

    AJ | TheAJMinute

  9. I eat everything too and I'm stick thin. I haven't jumped onto the instagram trend though because I love food too much to let it sit there while I take photos! But it is weird that there's a full blog dedicated to accusing people of being fake.


  10. Great photos :)
    *new follower in the blog

  11. Great post. I love everything you've said! It's so true, and so sad probably done by someone who has nothing better to spend their time on.

  12. Love the post! I've had some friends and family criticize me over the last few months for having lost weight (25lbs over the course of a year), and am criticized for being a "light" eater. But I find it really annoying, and kind of disrespectful. I have different health and dietary concerns that have forced me to change my eating habits, but I definitely devour every single donut picture I post (I can't give up sweets, no matter how sick they make me feel). How you eat is your own business, and people should stop being so critical about it.