Jameela Jamil, star of NBC's The Good Place and advocate for body positivity, recently responded to an Instagram story from Khloé Kardashian on Twitter. Though Kardashian was likely only posting the meme to get a few relatable laughs, Jamil believed it was propping up a harmful mindset women are pressured into having.
On her Instagram story, Khloe posted a meme which read:
"2 Things a girl wants: 1) Lose Weight 2) Eat"
Jamil responded, saying:
"This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this. 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."
This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this. Sending love to this… https://t.co/nyXD9yz3CT— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1547092607.0
Twitter was loving Jameela's perspective:
@jameelajamil Things this girl wants: 1. To not be judged for how I look 2. To not be judged for what I eat 3. Ackn… https://t.co/4i4cp31nkb— Kate (@Kate)1547099665.0
@jameelajamil 1. To not walk with my keys between my fingers at night, or check my back seat. 2. To not worry abou… https://t.co/bMNLPSqd57— Sarah Casey (@Sarah Casey)1547093964.0
@jameelajamil In a world full of Kardashians be a @jameelajamil ❤️❤️❤️— Narciso🌸 (@Narciso🌸)1547094738.0
@jameelajamil Fixed it https://t.co/9Nnxc2gHm3— Becca (@Becca)1547094172.0
@jameelajamil I want: 1) books 2) biryani— Bern Bright (@Bern Bright)1547136660.0
Some people, however, thought that Jamil was taking what was meant to be a joke a bit too seriously:
@jameelajamil This was probably meant to be a tongue in cheek joke— Gemma (@Gemma)1547112677.0
@vanne_nh @jameelajamil No thank you. Especially if she takes meme this seriously just because a Kardashian said it— Martin Louis The King Jr. (@Martin Louis The King Jr.)1547125623.0
Jamil is known for standing up for body positivity whenever she can. She's clapped back at celebrities like Iggy Azalea, Cardi B., and Amber Rose for selling "shady diet products," once going so far as to tweet:
"When will these women who are covered in plastic surgery stop telling their followers to drink a laxative to look like them? It's so embarrassing and it's so encouraging of eating disordered behavior. BE BETTER ALLIES!"
Another double agent for the patriarchy bites the dust... When will these women who are covered in plastic surgery… https://t.co/gOdR2Kw0pt— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543251199.0
They got Cardi B on the laxative nonsense “detox” tea. GOD I hope all these celebrities all shit their pants in pub… https://t.co/gRRLvULRuF— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543075705.0
Jamil has a history with the products many of her fellow celebrities endorse, and she doesn't want to see any young girls fall into the same path she did.
I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and… https://t.co/pg2yaBusVs— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543251640.0
I am not going to stop coming after all the people, men and women, who perpetuate this gross culture of forcing wom… https://t.co/XWgWp4ldhu— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543251640.0
Give us the discount codes to your nutritionists, personal chefs, personal trainers, airbrushers and plastic surgeo… https://t.co/NrlvwJJQ8S— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543252646.0
At one point, Cardi B tried to respond to Jamil, writing in a comment:
"I will never sh*t my pants cause there's public restrooms everywhere… oooo and bushes."
Jamil did not let the joke slide.
Regarding her response: she will never shit her pants, not because of bushes, but because she probably doesn’t ever… https://t.co/chgyCfPVOL— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543272693.0
When some online began accusing Jamil of wanting to "cancel" women, she responded thoughtfully:
Woah! I appreciate you’re being supportive but I definitely don’t want to cancel anyone! I just want them to cancel… https://t.co/oGU9g1egfS— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543341087.0
All you have to do is read, listen, learn and grow. Have empathy for those who are younger and more vulnerable, acc… https://t.co/N5uhSfzQLg— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543341495.0
When all is said and done, Jamil seems to have the right take.
If celebs and influencers were actually honest with us about some of these diet/detox products... https://t.co/OQsJobGOQN— Jameela Jamil (@Jameela Jamil)1543366336.0
@jameelajamil I am still amazed people buy into these adverts on their social media accounts because these celebrit… https://t.co/UWpUQbyECb— Searchingapples 👑🦢 (@Searchingapples 👑🦢)1543252843.0
@jameelajamil https://t.co/P0coLlXMRI— Cricket 🏳️🌈 (@Cricket 🏳️🌈)1543252910.0
@jameelajamil THIS TEA— Daniel Preda (@Daniel Preda)1543294869.0