So This Is When It's Okay to Tell Someone They're in "Good Shape"
If there's one positive to come from Donald Trump's recent trip to France, it's a lesson in etiquette (and misogyny). During the tour, Trump received widespread criticism for telling the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, she was in "good shape," and now, everyone from the Australian foreign minister to Reebok has joined the conversation to let him know when it's okay to comment on a woman's body (hint: never).
This week, Australia's minister for foreign affairs, Julie Bishop, was asked if she'd have been "flattered or offended" to receive the remark. "I'd be taken aback, I think. It's a rather interesting comment to make," she told ABC News. Delivering the final blow, she added, "I wonder if she could say the same of him?"
Reebok also chimed into the conversation about body image etiquette with a simple flow chart, Elle reports. The sportswear company took to Twitter to share an infographic that spotlights when it's appropriate to say, "You're in such good shape… beautiful."
"Are you in an elevator with a woman?" it asks, leading to an arrow pointing to "no." "Are you a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state?" You can guess the answer.
So when is it okay to say someone is in "good shape"? According to Reebok, there's only one scenario that warrants such a comment. "Did you just find a forgotten action figure from your youth, unscathed after decades, in your parents' basement?" If so, comment away.
Do you think it's ever okay to comment on another person's body? How would you have responded?