The Good Place star criticized a “fat shaming” post that Khloé Kardashian shared on her Instagram story
Kardashian, 34, frequently shares inspirational quotes or memes on her Instagram story, but Jamil was frustrated after the reality star posted one about weight.
The post read, “2 Things a Girl Wants: 1) Lose Weight 2) Eat”.
Jamil, 32, tweeted a screenshot of Kardashian’s post, and said that it “makes me sad.”
“I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this,” The Good Place star wrote.
Jamil said it showed how society has affected Kardashian’s self-esteem.
“Sending love to this poor woman. This industry did this to her. The media did it to her. They fat shamed her into a prison of self-critique. Dear girls, WANT MORE THAN THIS.” Jamil wrote.
A few hours later, the actress clarified that her post was not meant as a criticism of Kardashian.
“To the press outlets that said I ‘slammed’ ‘called out’ ‘came for’ ‘hit out at’ Khloé in this post. You suck. You’re trying to make a woman of colour look violent and aggressive when I could not have been more empathetic. I was criticizing the fat shaming media,” she said.
And Jamil added that her goal is to change the body image conversation.
“I am doing what I do, and saying what I say, for the mental health of young kids who follow damaging rhetoric and are at risk of internalizing it more than adults,” she said. “Nobody thinks/cares enough about their mental health … People who haven’t suffered with/or understand eating disorders don’t understand the desperate need we are in to change the conversation around weight and food. Especially media and celebrities. They need to understand how triggering words can be for those suffering with ED.”
Jamil often uses her platform to fight against online body shaming. She started the “I Weigh” movement, where people share the things they value in life, after seeing a meme that guessed the weights of all the Kardashian-Jenner women.
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But she’s also a frequent critic of the Kardashians, and several other stars. She called Kim Kardashian West a “terrible and toxic influence on young girls” in May for promoting Flat Tummy’s appetite-suppressing lollipops, and had similar words for Cardi B, who touted a detox tea.
“You are selling us something that really doesn’t make us feel good,” she said. “You’re selling us an ideal, a body shape, a problem with our wrinkles, a problem with aging, a problem with gravity, a problem with any kind of body fat. You’re selling us self-consciousness, the same poison that made you clearly develop some sort of body dysmorphia or facial dysmorphia you are now pouring back into the world. You’re recycling hatred.”