Ignorance is bliss and Busy Philipps is here to straighten people out.
The former “Cougar Town” star opened up about an awkward encounter with a well-intentioned fan at a U.S. drugstore chain on Friday night. Philipps, 38, was recognized by a fan who told her she had “lost some of her plumpness.”
Philipps shared the tale via her Instagram story. “She was so sweet and had such a calming manner and in a loveliest way, she said, ‘You’ve lost some of your plumpness from ‘Cougar Town’. You look nice still, but you’ve lost some of your plumpness.'”
“It was a compliment. She was very sweet when she said it. It just was an interesting choice of [words],” Philipps said. “I don’t think I was plump.”
Adding, “There’s no way to really handle it in the moment without coming off like an a**,” she added. “So you just have to say, ‘Oh, I’m glad you liked the show’ and moved on.”
And this is far from the first time Philipps has been subjected to such inappropriate comments. “You know how when you’re a woman, sometimes people feel like they should be able to comment about your body all the time or make laws about your body?” explained Philipps.
“Well when you’re an actress, or any female in the public eye, everyone feels that they can comment on your body all the f**king time. Always,” she continued. “The amount of people in my long 20-year career in this industry who’ve come up to me in grocery stores and Bed Bath and Beyonds to talk with people about my weight.”
The popular actress has sound advice for anyone looking to avoid such awkwardness: “Let’s not talk to people about their bodies unless they bring it up first and they want to talk about their bodies.”