After images of the more comic book-accurate costume for the upcoming Season 5 of The Flash leaked online, the redesigned outfit received backlash from body shamers complaining the actor appeared too skinny to play the superhero.
Some people had commented on the leaked photo and said that the 28-year-old actor looked unnaturally thin in the costume, and even questioned his health. "It's a cool suit", Gustin began. The look we've got at it so far is just a piece of concept art and a quick test photo that was clearly taken earlier on in the process.
Gustin makes a very good point here about people needing to wait to see the full thing before making their minds up about the new suit.
Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen on "The Flash".
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Gustin continued: "As far as the body shaming". That's what pisses me off. "Not even just for my sake", he said. I have had my own journey of accepting it. But there's a double standard where it's (not) ok to talk s- about a dudes body.
"I'm naturally thin, and my body is greatly affected by stress", he went on to explain.
Gustin added that gaining weight is a "challenge" for him and that thinner guys shouldn't be shamed for their appearance.
The actor also pointed out that it is very hard for him to gain weight and made it very clear that skinnier men should not receive all of this criticism for the way they look, especially if they can't help it. "I actually prefer the chin strap". And for what it's worth, we just can't wait to see what awesome upgrades Barry is going to get with his season 5 suit. What's more, he loves being able to be a superhero so that other kids with bodies like his can see a representation of their body type onscreen and feel like they, too, can be a superhero.
Gustin ends the message by stating he he does like the look of The Flash Season 5 suit and that they are still working on things.