What you see is not always what you get, especially on Instagram. Celebrities who posted suitable photos of themselves while shilling diet products were not because of the diet product.
When celebrities ignore the fact that they have come into shape with the help of personal trainers, healthy eating and good old-fashioned Photoshop, they inadvertently promote unhealthy eating habits. When Khloe Kardashian posted a picture of her bare diaphragm with an advertisement for Flat Tummy Tea meal replacement shakes, she was summoned to do just that.
The Good Place actress and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil set Kardashian to blast and called Kardashian irresponsible for promoting both the shake and an unhealthy standard of beauty for her 89-plus million Instagram followers.
“If you are too irresponsible to: a) be in possession of a personal trainer, nutritionist, probable chef, and surgeon to achieve your aesthetic effect, instead of this laxative product … and b) tells them the side effects of this non-FDA approved product, which most doctors say is not healthy, “Jamil wrote in a response to Kardashian’s message.
Jamil pointed out that drinking FlatTummy tea is far from being the healthiest way to lose weight by summing up the bitter side effects of the tea. “Possible flat abdominal side effects are cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhea and dehydration … then I think I should,” Jamil added.
Umm … do you get diarrhea, but do you also get a flat stomach? Thanks, but no thanks.
Jamil ended her remark by asking Kardashian to do better. After all, she is a role model.
“It’s incredibly awful that this industry has bullied you until you were fixated on your appearance, that’s the fault of the media,” she wrote. “But please, don’t do that back in the world and hurt other girls the way you were hurt. You’re a smart woman, be smarter than this.”
This is not the first time Jamil has called on a celebrity to promote potentially dangerous diet products, without mentioning the help they get to look a certain way. Jamil tweeted photos of celebrities promoting diet products, with the caption “Give us the discount codes to your nutritionists, personal chefs, personal trainers, air fresheners and plastic surgeons, your bloody liars.”
Celebrities often have a great shape and that is not because they drink meal replacements. As Jamil said, it’s irresponsible to make people think that buying a detox drink is all you have to do to look as good as a Kardashian. When will we see #sponcon as just feeling good about yourself as you are?