Kelly Clarkson responded brilliantly to a fat-shamer with 4 words — and 1 emoji.
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It started with a perfectly pleasant Fourth of July tweet.

Singer Kelly Clarkson honored America's birthday by giving a shoutout to U.S. service members fighting the good fight.


Then, out of nowhere, a troll appeared in the tweet's thread (shocking, I know).

"You're fat," user @Euger23 replied — a retort neither patriotic nor relevant, if you ask me.

Clarkson, who has amassed over 11 million followers on the social media platform, attracts trolls left and right. She has much better things to do than respond to every last Joe Schmo who clearly needs a hobby or two.

But Clarkson decided a simple, four-word response would do the trick this time.

"And still fucking awesome," the singer responded.

Clarkson honestly just low-key gave the internet a master class in how to respond to trolls. So grab a pen and paper, and keep these three pointers in mind the next time you're needlessly harassed online.

  1. For starters, don't stoop to their level. Unless you're a playground bully in first grade, you should know better.
  2. Make sure you don't perpetuate any harmful messaging. Clarkson didn't fight back against being called fat because there really wasn't a need to. "Fat" is not a dirty word, after all; it's an adjective. Our culture often weaponizes it as an insult when it shouldn't be.
  3. And then cap it off with the perfect emoji. Because nothing says "I'm above your attempt at name-calling" than a tongue-out, winking smiley face.

As for Clarkson — a happy, chart-topping, literal rockstar of a mom — she'll be just fine.

"It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good," Clarkson once responded to being body-shamed in 2015. "That’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance."

You go, girl.

This post was updated 12/19/2017.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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