Let the record show that Jameela Jamil doesn’t want to “cancel” the Kardashians. She just wants them to use their influence for the greater good — not for hawking weight-loss products. In a new interview, the Good Place actress elaborates on her outspoken views concerning reality TV’s most famous family, and she makes a salient point about beauty ideals in the process.
ICYMI, Jamil rarely holds back her opinions when she believes strongly in something. That most certainly extends to the Kardashian family and their differing views on body positivity from Jamil’s. So, when asked by Bustle about her history of coming at the Kardashians, Jamil took the opportunity to clarify her stance. “I’m not trying to cancel anyone. I don’t want to beef with the Kardashians. They have a huge amount of influence. I just want them to use that for more good,” Jamil explained, adding, “I think what Kim does with the prison system is really cool. Just stop selling laxatives and I’ll get off your d**k.”
Jamil went on to note that she is putting the influence she has to work to promote more inclusivity, saying, “The beauty ideals of our generation are still stemmed in white supremacy. I’m using all the different privileges I have to try to kick the door open and let everyone else in. I’m the Trojan horse.”
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In previous interviews, Jamil has called out the Kardashians specifically for leaning into a culture that promotes unhealthy body image standards. “You are selling us something that doesn’t make us feel good,” she once said in a podcast interview. “You’re selling us un self-consciousness. The same poison that made you clearly develop some sort of body dysmorphic or facial dysmorphic, you are now pouring back into the world.”
It isn’t just seeing the Kardashians promote things like Flat Tummy Tea and other dieting products that Jamil is drawing on, obviously. In fact, part of Jamil’s motivation is her own experience. In addition to developing anorexia and body dysmorphia when she was growing up, the actress had a jarring epiphany as an adult about how society effectively brainwashes young girls where body image is concerned.
“Being in the middle of this industry and being used as a vessel to set unrealistic standards for other women — because I was being photoshopped, and altered, and starved — made me realize that, ‘Oh, my God, everything I thought was real was a lie when I was a teenager. I have to tell the other teenagers,'” she said.