Jameela Jamil is known for calling out those who promote what she deems unhealthy body image issues, whether it’s Kim Kardashian pushing appetite-suppressing lollipops or tabloids picking apart women’s beach bodies.
So woe to the body-shaming gym-goer who took it upon himself to offer the Good Place actress some pointers on how she could improve her figure after she finished her workout.
In a video posted to social media, the British star — who explained that she cycles at the gym to treat her anxiety — recounted the encounter that left her seeing red.
When I told him I was happy with my body, he looked both surprised and slightly sorry for me. Never walk up to someone and tell them how much better they could look. You’re not being nice, you’re shaming them for the way they currently look. You’re also being extremely weird. pic.twitter.com/FeYBluU0vw
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) September 12, 2018
“He decided to tell me, without prompt, that he’s seen me around and he always thinks, ‘Ah, what a shame, she could look so amazing’ and there’s so many different things I could do to improve my body,” she shared.
“So, essentially, he walked up to me and body-shamed me in the middle of the gym,” she continued. “Don’t do that. Don’t walk up to someone and impose your belief of what you think they should look like onto them. Don’t do that to women, don’t do that to men, don’t do that to anyone, ever.”
She added that comments like this can put people off from exercising, for fear that they too will feel judged.
“I’m all right with the fact that I’m somewhat a memory foam woman,” Jamil said, gesturing to her arm. “I’m comfortable. I enjoy my body. I enjoy my curves. I’m also, by the way, a U.S. size 6 to 8, so if that’s how I’m being spoken to in a gym, you can imagine what people say to people who are larger than that.”
Fans reacted to Jamil’s post by sharing their own experiences with judgmental remarks about their appearance.
This kind of thing is so awful and it happens to me all the time?? Where do people get off with their completely unsolicited “this is how you could be more attractive to me” hot tips?? Like tell me how to attract you less so I don’t have to deal with you anymore…
— gams mahoney (@bigoldflutesolo) September 12, 2018
different but also appalling..a group of young men mooed at me in a grocery store parking lot while also hurling other insults.
— Leanna Greenway (@nala7299) September 12, 2018
I had someone moo at me whilst we were waiting for an elevator. His girlfriend thought it hilarious. I was mortified and should have stood up for myself, but I didn’t. I took it. :/
— Rachel (@ctr2002) September 12, 2018
You are so beautiful inside and out! I am a large woman who loves to swim and I get those looks as I’m getting into the pool from people who don’t know me. But by the time I’m done they understand fitness comes in all shapes and sizes.
— Rasheedah Prioleau (@PrioleauRa) September 12, 2018
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