Jameela Jamil has thoughts about how the Kardashians justify promoting weight loss products on Instagram
If you have been on the internet in the last year, you know that Jameela Jamil has been feuding with basically all of the Kardashians/Jenners, as well as a bunch of other celebrities, because of their tendency to promote weight loss products on their social media. In a recent interview, Kris Jenner and Kim and Khloe Kardashian addressed Jamil’s very public commentary, and Jamil took it as an opportunity to drag them once again.
In their New York Times interview, Kris, Kim and Khloe tried to justify their continued promoting of detox and diet products on their Instagram accounts.
“I don’t live in that negative energy space. 90% of people will be really excited about the family and the journey and who we are,” Kris said.
Kim added, “If there is work that is really easy that doesn’t take away from our kids — that’s, like, a huge priority — if someone was faced with the same job opportunities, I think they would maybe consider. You’re going to get backlash for almost everything so long as you like it or believe in it or it’s worth it financially, whatever your decision may be, as long as you’re OK with that.”
Yep, that’s really how she tried to justify shilling potentially dangerous products to girls who already have to live in a world that tells them constantly that their bodies need changing. Obviously, Jameela Jamil was not about to stand for this.
Essentially, “fuck the young, impressionable people, or those struggling with eating disorders, we want the money.” I have been given these same opportunities to flog this stuff, and I don’t do it, so they don’t have to. Thank you, next. 👎🏽 https://t.co/Itv3WC8N9c
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) March 31, 2019
Oh, and she had another message just for Kris.
She IS that negative energy space. When you prey on fat-phobia… that is what you are.
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) March 31, 2019
People were pretty quick to respond to Jamil’s post with support, as well as their own stories about how the diet product industry — and the supposed “role models” who participate in it — have affected their lives. Some of the stories are actually heartbreaking.
Whenever I see those adverts it makes me feel like shit. She’s helping create negative energy in my space. I want to see less of it on social media. I call for a ban! #bantoxicads— L.T. (@LamyaTilmatine) March 31, 2019
I once lost 40lbs, was the ideal weight&BMI for my health, ate super healthy+exercised a lot, had ideal muscle definition, got hit on left & right bcuz TBH I was hot. But I was also the same size as Khloe @ the time & she kept talking about being depressed that she was "bigger".— Katy🏳️🌈 (@combat_hippie) March 31, 2019
Kim saying “If there is work that is really easy that doesn’t take away from our kids, that’s like a huge priority, if someone was faced with the same job opportunities, I think they would maybe consider.” is gross. I also despair for what these ads reduce women to— Scarlett “WonderWarren HasAPlan” Rabe (@scarlettrabe) March 31, 2019
Women and girls (and, TBH, all other people of all other genders) are forced to live in a world where they are constantly told they are only as good as their bodies. They are given impossible standards to try to achieve, and when they fall short, it’s their own self-worth that suffers.
it also doesn't help that the 'cleanse' teas at most grocery stores are placed along with regular teas and are usually on a shelf that pmuch anyone can reach. it also doesn't help that they are never marketed as laxatives, only that they can cause laxative effects.— MY FULL NAME !! (@fluffmars) March 31, 2019
I’ve never understood the appeal with these women. They promote a false world and clearly don’t care about the onset effect that kind of toxic advertising has. It amazes me how shallow and greedy that statement is. Thank you for always being a positive role model. We need more!— Alex Haim (@yourbabyhaim) March 31, 2019
And let’s not even get into how dangerous the side effects of “detox” teas and other diet products popular on social media can be. Basically there is no excuse for celebrities to be shilling this stuff. And if Jamil keeps coming for them like she has been, maybe they’ll start to get the picture.
Because this is far from the first time Jameela Jamil was the hero our social media feeds need. She’s dragged the Kardashians and other celebs for promoting toxic diet culture and fat-phobia several times before.
She also started the “I Weigh” movement, which encouraged women everywhere to value themselves and see that they are so much more than just a number on a scale. It’s a beautiful movement that’s encouraged so many women to love their bodies, despite society — and all these celebrities — telling us we shouldn’t.
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This post of mine started a mad wave of amazing women posting their own back to me in our revolution against shame and self hatred over our looks, perpetuated by the media. I have received thousands and they are too beautiful to not celebrate. I have started an account called @i_weigh to post them all. SEND ME YOURS to that account! I’m fucking tired of seeing women just ignore what’s amazing about them and their lives and their achievements, just because they don’t have a bloody thigh gap. The link is in my bio but please follow the account so we can start this revolution properly and make the fashion and media industry see how many of us are DONE with this shit. ❤️
So thanks, Jameela, for continuing to hold influencers accountable. They should be promoting positivity, not telling us all we’re not good enough.