The Flash Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin addresses male body shaming 'double standard' after pic of new Flash suit leaks

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Aug 9, 2018, 10:41 AM EDT

It's not just female celebrities who are endlessly criticized about their weight by the commentariat on social media. The guys get it too. Just ask The CW's Grant Gustin.

The Flash star took to his Instagram account and responded to critics who slammed him for being "too thin" after a photo leaked online showing him testing out an early version of a new suit Barry Allen's alter ego will be wearing for the superhero's upcoming fifth season on The CW. The suit is presumably the one brought back from the future by Barry's adult daughter (confused yet?), and looks to be less leather and more spandex than the versions we've seen up to this point.

"So here's the thing about this bulls**t photo leak. It's a cool suit. That's a terrible photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted. Some things need work and they will be worked on. We'll get there," the actor writes. "As far as the body shaming. That's what pisses me off. Not even just for my sake. I've had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin. I've had my own journey of accepting it. But there's a double standard where it's ok to talk s**t about a dudes body."

Check out Gustin's full post below:

Gustin, 28, noted that he works hard to stay in shape and bulk up as much as he can, but the fact is he's "naturally thin" and his "appetite is greatly affected by stress" so packing on the pounds isn't easy. So to all the body-shaming jerks out there nitpicking about his appearance, The Flash has a message for you.

"I'm happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way," Gustin added. "Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on TV or film or whatever it may be someday."

As far as the new costume, which eschews the show's traditional muted leather look for a more eye-popping design, the TV star said it's ever-evolving, so the leaked photo is by no means the final word. Though the version shown in the candid pic does look a bit rough around the edges, the Arrowverse has a proven track record of getting costumes right — so there's no reason to think that would change now.

Season 5 of The Flash premieres on The CW Oct. 9.