Ariel Winter Lashes Out Against Critics (Photo)

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Ariel Winter Slams Critics: 'I'm Not A Whore' (Photos) Promo Image

"Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter captured worldwide attention after she publicly lashed out against critics in a lengthy rant.

"I’m not trying to be pap’d everywhere I go, I am literally just LIVING, and unfortunately I can’t do that without paparazzi following me around everyday," complained Winter, 19, on Instagram. "I'm not trying to show you my a*s in shorts when I go to the grocery store.  I'm trying to live my life."

She continued, deriding society and the media for stigmatizing women who do show off their bodies.

"We need to move on from this stigma that women who are comfortable with their bodies and their sexuality are just 'dumb sluts,'" wrote Winter.

"Just because I DECIDE to show my body occasionally doesn't mean I'm unintelligent or that I'm talentless or that I have no self respect," she added. "I have extreme SELF RESPECT."

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Winter also addressed a controversial interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which she opened up about her mother's emotional and physical abuse when she was a child.

"People thought I was 24 when I was 12," Winter said, accusing her mother of dressing her too provocatively at a young age in "the smallest miniskirts, sailor suits, low-cut things, the shortest dresses you've ever seen."

She added, "If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand percent said yes."

But rather than respond with compassion, Winter said many called her a "whore" after she made the comments.

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"I'd also like to address the tweets I get saying, 'You accused your mother of sexualizing you yet you’re a whore,'" she added. "I was a CHILD being dressed like I was 24. I was 8-13 years old. I WASN't an adult as I am now."

"I also just want to say how disappointed I am that out of everything in the THR article, THAT's all anyone picked up," she ended. "How disappointing. Do whatever you want people, just strive to please YOURSELF and NO ONE else. Anyways, rant over."

Winter's passionate tirade elicited praise and support across the internet.

"Keep being you and stay true to yourself!" encouraged one fan on Winter's Instagram post "Forget the haters, you only need the ones that care about you."

In other corners of the web, her latest remarks only provoked further criticism.

"Doesn't matter what your parents did, when you're an adult you get to make the choices and if you make the wrong ones it's on you honey," wrote one person in Fox News' comments section. "Grow up."

"This is the same girl that said she didn't want to be seen as a sex object and didn't want people to focus on her breasts," added another. "Her own Twitter pics say otherwise."

Sources: Ariel Winter/Instagram, The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News / Featured Image: Dominick D./Flickr / Embedded Images: Ariel Winter/Instagram, Jen Deering Davis/Wikimedia Commons

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