When it comes to weight-loss fads, Jameela Jamil simply isn't here for it. The Good Place actress recently took to Instagram to criticize rapper Cardi B for sharing a video promoting a detox tea from a specific company. Apparently, the product helped curb her appetite and lose weight after she gave birth to her daughter Kulture. In the post, Cardi also shared a code for her followers, urging them to use it to buy the weight-loss product on Black Friday for a discounted price, which means it's likely she was getting paid for the post as well.
Jamil, who has previously opened up about how laxatives and diet supplements caused her digestion and metabolism problems, decided she simply wasn't going to let this one go. So, she tweeted a screenshot of Cardi's post saying: "They got Cardi B on the laxative nonsense 'detox tea.' God, I hope all these celebrities all sh*t their pants in public the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do. Not that they actually take this shit. They just flog it because they need more money."
They got Cardi B on the laxative nonsense “detox” tea. GOD I hope all these celebrities all shit their pants in public, the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do. Not that they actually take this shit. They just flog it because they need MORE MONEY pic.twitter.com/OhmTjjWVOp
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 24, 2018
It wasn't long before Cardi caught wind of Jamil's tweet and was quick to respond. "I will never sh*t my pants cause there's public bathrooms....ooo and bushes," she said in a comment that was shared by a fan account. But didn't deny that the tea could, in fact, lead to people spending hours in the bathroom—something Jamil noted as well.
"Regarding her response: she will never shit her pants, not because of bushes, but because she probably doesn't ever take the products she promotes," Jamil wrote in a follow-up tweet. She also pointed out that it's likely Cardi had probably never even heard of the product before making the video. "During her promotional video, she keeps looking at the name of the product on the cup...almost as if she's never seen it," Jamil wrote. Valid point. (The internet is a scary place today, people.)
Regarding her response: she will never shit her pants, not because of bushes, but because she probably doesn’t ever take the products she promotes... during her promotional video she keeps looking at the name of the product on the cup... almost as if she’s never seen it... https://t.co/um2u8zIDng
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 26, 2018
For now, it seems that the feud between Cardi and Jamil has ended there, but ICYDK, this isn't the first time Jamil has called out a celebrity for promoting unhealthy weight-loss methods. Earlier this year, she slammed Kim Kardashian West for posting an #ad for an "appetite-suppressing" lollipop. The reality TV star shared the photo to Instagram where she was seen sucking on a Flat Tummy Co lollipop, which she described in the caption as "literally unreal." (Related: Are Instagram Food Trends Destroying Your Diet?)
This isn't the first time KKW has shared some eyebrow-raising health advice via sponsored posts—remember the whole sleeping in a corset before her wedding thing? But still, it was a surprising move considering the star seemed to have moved away from fast weight-loss fixes and turned her focus toward sharing her hard work in the gym with her trainer.
After receiving tons of backlash from fans, the post was ultimately taken down. But not before Jamil could take a screenshot.
No. Fuck off. No. You terrible and toxic influence on young girls. I admire their mother’s branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius, however this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to. pic.twitter.com/zDPN1T8sBM
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) May 16, 2018
The Good Place actress uploaded her shot to Twitter along with a fire-roasted tweet explaining how unhealthy it was for someone with a reach like KKW's to promote not eating. The actress accused Kardashian West of being a "terrible and toxic influence on young girls."
"I admire their mother's branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius," Jamil continued. "However, this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to."
Later, Jamil fired another tweet saying: "MAYBE don't take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than 'I had a flat stomach.'"
MAYBE don’t take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than “I had a flat stomach.” pic.twitter.com/XsBM3aFtAQ
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) May 16, 2018
Jamil has called out the Kardashian-Jenners before for insinuating that a woman's worth should be measured by her size. A while ago, she drew attention to an Instagram post shared by a lifestyle magazine that shared the exact weight of each member of the Kardashian clan.
She described the post as "toxic" and wrote: "This is how women are taught to value themselves. In kilograms. Grim."
Her frustrations, however, spawned something much more positive. Jamil encouraged women to celebrate that their life and self-worth weigh far more than any number on the scale—a plea that received an overwhelming amount of response.
There's now an entire Instagram account dedicated to the movement called i_weigh, which features women sharing how they measure their worth. Spoiler: It has nothing to do with how much they weigh according to the scale, or their jeans size. (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You're So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)
Along with Jamil, several other celebrities and influencers spoke against Kim K's promotion. Katie Willcox, creator of the Healthy Is the New Skinny movement, recently brought up the controversial post while speaking to students at Cal Poly Pomona, a tech school. During her speech, she joked about how Kim K actually beat her to announcing her own specialty lollipop—one that brings your tolerance for nonsense down to zero. (She also recently spoke to us about how "medium-size models" are being left out of the body-positive movement.)
I had a big announcement last night at @calpolypomona I have been working with specialist formulating a new bullshit suppressant lollipop! It is amazing! Not only does it bring your bullshit tolerance really low, it allows you to consciously think for yourself instead of blindly following people in the media who don’t have your best interest at heart! Thank you to all the students who joined me last night for an in-depth conversation about media and its harmful effect on our sense of self, purpose, and our overall health and well-being. #healthyisthenewskinny #nobs #katiehwillcox #hnsthebook #mediamanipulation #calpolypomona
"I have been working with specialist formulating a new bullshit suppressant lollipop," she wrote on Instagram alongside a video of her speaking. "It is amazing! Not only does it bring your bullshit tolerance really low, it allows you to consciously think for yourself instead of blindly following people in the media who don't have your best interest at heart!"
She continued by sharing how important it is to have more in-depth conversations about the media "and its harmful effect on our sense of self, purpose, and our overall health and well-being."
At the end of the day, when it comes to KKW or Cardi B, something everyone can likely agree on is that a silly scale should never dictate your feelings of self-worth.