"My work is done."

By Alicia Brunker
Jun 27, 2020 @ 11:31 am
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As one of Hollywood's most outspoken body activists, Jameela Jamil surprised fans when she didn't immediately call out Kim Kardashian for posting a video of herself in a waist-cinching corset on Instagram this week. However, the actress had her reasons for staying silent.

After receiving hundreds of DMs asking her to speak out against Kim's promotion of an unrealistic body type with the look, Jameela explained why she no longer thinks it's necessary to slam the reality star over the issue.

In a lengthy address to her followers on Instagram, the Good Place actress wrote, "The reason I didn’t jump on it immediately isn’t because I don’t think the post was damaging and disappointing. I do. It’s because the fact that you’re all messaging me about it, shows my work is done.”

Jameela went on to reveal that she was never trying to "cancel" Kim with her previous critiques, but, instead, was trying to combat the impossible beauty standards Kim extends to her young fans.

"I was always trying to arm YOU with the knowledge to recognize for YOURSELVES that this is a bullsh—t expectation of women, developed by the patriarchy," she continued. "If YOU know that it’s problematic, reductive, and irresponsible for her to perpetuate such a heavily impossible beauty standard to her impressionable fans…then you’re empowered and conscious and don’t need me."

She added that Kardashian is a victim of body image "obsession" from years of the media judging her and her sisters's appearances. "She isn’t actively trying to harm you," Jamil said. "She’s just so harmed and deluded into thinking this is what SHE needs to look like to be special and beautiful and she’s spilling it out onto her following."

"Is this wrong? YES. But I’m not sure she realizes that she’s doing to others what her idols did to her, in making her think a tiny waist is the key to femininity and sex appeal.”

Rather than attacking Kim, Jameela urged fans to block out the negativity and unfollow the KKW Beauty founder and others like her. "There’s no point in screaming at her," she wrote. "The smart thing to do is to protect YOURSELF. YOU have the power. YOU control every Market. YOU choose what and who is trendy. Unfollow the people who tell you things that hurt your self esteem." As an alternative, she encouraged people to follow activists, writers, artists, and comedians.

"THE PATRIARCHY WANTS US TO FOCUS ON OUR WEIGHT INSTEAD OF POWER, EQUALITY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FREEDOM. FUCK ANYONE WHO ENCOURAGES THIS," Jamil wrote in her final remarks, adding: "BLOCK. MUTE. DELETE. REPEAT."