Daniel Franzese is repping it for the big boys in several Instagram photos that he has shared over the past month.
The Mean Girls star first spoke about his reasons for doing this after he posted a near-naked photo of himself on Wednesday, August 21.
“Is big boy summer still a thing?” he captioned. “There are countless smooth hard bodies on my insta feed and I’m not even following thots so I need to balance it out for the big hairy men I guess.”
“How can one be attracted to something you don’t ever see?” he continued. “Representing, being visible and smelling good too. (Instagram please steal this picture)”
Danny represents one of the millions of sexy men who are defying the muscular and twink standard that has been normalized in the gay community for decades.
He went off about these issues in a separate Instagram snap posted on Friday, August 23. that included frustrations around how men of a certain size are viewed in the entertainment and fashion industry and more.
“My followers can only name the shows This is Us and Stranger Things as the only two shows currently showing any male of size in a sexual manner. The CDC says the average size waist of a man in the US is 40. Yet most designers stop making clothes around a 38. The messages we are sending is that big is not welcome and ‘large bodies aren’t valid bodies’ are dead wrong. We are mind set to ideals that cis straight white men have created to appeal to cis straight white men in media. This is more then a thirst trap this is a protest.”
“I urge you if you have felt uncomfortable in your skin trying to live up to a standard only achieved through relentless training and more often fortunate genetics so take a break. If you don’t see yourself represented in media then be that representative. I challenge you to go to the end of your comfort zone and take one small step forward. Remove your shirt by the pool. Post a naked selfie and allow yourself to be comfortable in your own skin. Your belly deserves to see the sun. Nothing is more sexy than confidence and being self conscious is a vibe killer. You have one body and we all want to improve and work towards a healthy and fit lifestyle but love the body you have today that will take you on that journey. If we were cavemen trust me my big brutish body would bring all the boys to the cave. F*ck the media’s vision of me. I know the man that I am.”
Danny’s rant struck a chord with his followers. “Totally needed to hear this today,” one wrote. “Thank you so much for being such a advocate!” another chimed in.
Keep up the good work Danny by letting everyone know that guys like us not only matter but we belong just like everyone else does.
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