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Serious question time: are bikinis offensive? Really, I’d love for someone to give me a firm answer about this, because based on some ~*delightful*~ comments on a recent photo that Ariel Winter posted to Instagram, wearing a bikini is basically on par with committing homicide.

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The photo in question, which can be found above, is pretty much the least offensive thing anyone could post to the Interwebs. It’s nothing more than an adorable photo of Ariel and her nieces on a boat, on which (and I don’t want to shock you here) it’s very common to wear a two-piece bathing suit, especially when you’ve got as rockin’ a bod as Ariel Winter has. But, since the world sucks, one commenter decided to chime in with his (or her, it’s a garbage human regardless of gender) thoughts about how Ariel should “put some clothes on,” that she’s “only 17” and that she was “asking for it” by wearing a bathing suit. Because isn’t that what we’re all doing when we spend the day with out family? Asking for some creature to remind us just how deplorable we are as people?

Ariel, in all of her seemingly endless maturity and poise, posted the following in response to the shamers:

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The caption reads as follows:

“Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl’s skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for. It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I’m “asking for it”. I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school.. You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don’t you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!”

This is pretty much the only right (and best) way to respond to Internet bullies. Clearly, ignoring the problem hasn’t been effective, as these people are still able to rationalize their logic behind tormenting a teenage girl based on her physical appearance. Ariel (and the rest of the world’s population, for that matter) doesn’t need to explain her choice to wear a bathing suit or justify her outfit just because some gloriously incorrect and downright shitty people feel that she should be ashamed. The only real shame in this matter should fall upon the people who sit behind computer screens in anonymity and try to tear women down.

You wear the hell out that bikini, Ariel Winter. Don’t let the haters get you down.

(Photos: Instagram/Ariel Winter)