‘DWTS’ Val Chmerkovskiy Sued Over Offensive Meme?
It doesn't take a genius to realize that a taut and toned Val Chmerkovskiy takes fitness seriously, but it seems the Dancing with the Stars champion might have recently gone a bit too far in promoting his healthy lifestyle. According to the latest gossip news updates, the family of Tennessee teen Skylar Eden has sued both Chmerkovskiy and CBS, which also posted the pic, for $6 million each over his posting a photo of a girl to Instagram, who has Down Syndrome, as a meme that she ultimately found offensive.
There is no doubt that Val Chmerkovskiy is passionate about health, but his recent posting of a meme that took a potshot at an overweight 9-year-old girl drinking a soda has come back to haunt him.
As it turns out, that little girl in the picture, Skylar Evans, has reportedly been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, which is known to lead to obesity in those who have it, and her parents are absolutely furious over the insensitive implications.
Skylar's mother, Harley, who is now suing both Val Chmerkovskiy as well as CBS over the slight, explained in an interview with ABC News, that she could scarce believe that someone was using her poor daughter as the butt of their cruel joke:
"I couldn't believe it when I saw it; makes me wonder what kind of people are out there.
"It makes me sick."
Chmerkovskiy has since removed the meme from his social media accounts as well as issuing an apology that came off as even more critical of the Eden's parenting style (via Gossip Cop):
"I am truly sorry for the lack of sensitivity...but on some level I have to agree.
"Raising a child is the hardest thing in the world, I know, but being negligent when it comes to their nutrition is a crime.
"The lifelong obstacles and health issues you place on your child because of it can be devastating moving forward in their life. You're handicapping your kid, and they're defenseless, they don't know better, that's why you're there"
What do you think of Val Chmerkovskiy's meme and remarks?
Should he really be forced to pay for simply sharing a meme on social media?
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