Fitness Influencer Joey Swoll Retaliates After Being Accused of “Fueling Misogyny” Online: “I Have No Agenda”

Published 02/11/2023, 10:30 AM EST

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Over the years, social media has turned ordinary people into celebrities with millions of fans across the globe. Social media platforms like TikTok have also allowed digital creators to spread their message. Joey Swoll is among those influencers who have amassed popularity on social media to call out toxic gym culture and spread positivity. However, recently some have accused the bodybuilding coach of “fuelling misogyny” through his videos.

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Recently, the famous TikToker who had called out a woman for filming an elderly without his knowledge addressed the accusations. Swoll wrote a lengthy post and shared it on his social media handles.

Joey Swoll admits he has only one agenda

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In his post, the bodybuilding coach and fitness influencer said he had worked hard to spread only one message, “promote a positive gym experience for all.” According to Swoll, in his quest to spread positivity, he has highlighted “great deeds”. However, he also hasn’t shied away from “bringing to light toxic behavior.” While the subject of his videos hasn’t always been positive, Swoll has always tried to “inspire everyone to do better, and be better.”

The fitness influencer expressed his sadness that some people would “try to push an agenda” he doesn’t support. Joey Swoll also wrote that he doesn’t “fuel misogyny” because he is not biased toward men. He also directed his accusers to browse his past videos, as he has also called out men who have showcased toxic behaviors in the gym.

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The bodybuilding coach also said that, over the years, he even talked to and befriended women who felt unsafe in their gyms. According to the post, Swoll has bought many of these women new gym memberships so they can work out in a place where they would feel safe. “I have no agenda other than making the gym a safer place for EVERYONE. Period.” Joey Swoll wrote in his post.

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The CEO of Gym Positivity also wanted everyone to understand two things. Swoll said he won’t stop making videos because a few have accused him of enabling misogyny online. “I’m NEVER going to stop helping people and standing up to bullies and toxic gym culture.” wrote the bodybuilder. He also said his videos have helped thousands overcome their fear and anxiety about being judged in the gym.

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Secondly, Swoll said that any individual trying to use his words or videos “to harass, body shame, or demean anyone of any gender is no friend or follower of mine.” The fitness influencer also said that those who do, need to do better.

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What’s your opinion of Joey Swoll and his content? What did you make of his response? Write your thoughts in the comments.

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Sagnik Bagchi

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Sagnik Bagchi is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor's and Master's in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. He has experience working as a freelance MMA writer for Sportskeeda.
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