Jameela Jamil is not easing up on celebrities who choose to promote diet products. The Good Place actress is an adamant advocate for holding diet product companies accountable, as well as the celebs who work with them.
You’ve surely seen her come at Kim and Khloé Kardashian for their sponsored posts. Now she’s turned her sights to Amber Rose and her recent promotion of Flat Tummy Co.’s Organic Pregnancy Tea.
Amber, who is currently pregnant with her second child, recently did a sponsored post promoting the product. Many commenters slammed the product and the fact that it isn’t FDA approved. Jameela got wind of the post, and she was understandably disturbed by it. Amber and Jameela haven’t had a direct conversation about the post.
It’s clear that Amber realized people weren’t pleased with her promotion of the product, because she changed her caption to encourage people to “think for yourselves.”
Jameela Jamil has established herself as a very vocal advocate for body positivity. Having struggled with an eating disorder in her teen years, she finds it important to promote loving the skin you’re in to young women.
She’s even started her own community to create an inclusive space for all body types. The “I Weigh” community has taken off, amassing over 700,000 followers on Instagram alone. It’s a very small piece of what Jameela hopes to be a bigger impact.
Jameela takes her platform very seriously. As her own star has risen, she’s made a point of discussing the responsibility associated with fame and encouraging other stars to take their influence more seriously.
In doing this, she’s called out many celebrities for what she feels is the irresponsible use of their platforms. Among those she’s called out are Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, and Cardi B, largely for their promotion of plastic surgery and unsafe diet products.
Jameela has previously explained that she’s not looking to be confrontational or start “feuds” with these different celebrities. She’s simply trying to draw their attention to the danger of these products and, in that, the danger of promoting them to impressionable young women.
Jameela’s latest crusade against these dangerous products came after a recent post from model Amber Rose. Amber is currently pregnant with her second child. She already shares son Sebastian with ex-husband Wiz Khalifa.
Amber posted a sponsored post promoting Flat Tummy Co.’s Organic Pregnancy Tea. “Food baby or real baby @flattummyco knows bloat’s a total [expletive],” she wrote. “They’ve just launched an Organic Pregnancy Tea to help us moms with those bloated, nauseous, blah feeling days! It’s safe to take while pregnant and breastfeeding.”
The promotional post rubbed a number of Amber’s fans the wrong way. The comments were filled with people pointing out how dangerous a product like this could be. A number of commenters even tagged Jameela in the post.
Jameela quickly followed up with a strongly worded post slamming the company for creating the product. While she didn’t directly address Amber, she did post a screenshot of Amber’s post along with her tweet.
In a tweet expressing her exasperation, Jameela called attention to the irresponsible use of celebrity platforms. While she has an aggressive way of addressing these topics that some find abrasive, she feels it’s necessary for such a serious issue.
As people did their own research, there were further disturbing findings. One Twitter user pointed out that not only were they unable to find the product’s ingredients listed anywhere on the website, but a warning existed that read, “Please do not use the products available on the site when pregnant or breastfeeding.”
While Amber did not respond to the Jameela’s criticism of the post, she did update the photo’s caption to reflect the backlash she got. “Okay listen up @flattummyco just launched an Organic Pregnancy Tea to help us moms with those bloated, nauseous, blah feeling days! It’s safe to take while pregnant and breastfeeding,” she began, summarizing her original caption.
She then added, “This is not a detox tea – it’s specially designed to help reduce occasional nausea and support digestion during pregnancy – haters stop riding the bandwagon and think for yourselves.” It was a surprisingly demure move from someone who’s been known to be more direct about her issues with other public figures.
Jameela’s approach isn’t always the most popular, but she certainly has a point. Women should do their research first and trust medical fact over celebrity influence when deciding to put anything in their bodies. This is especially true for pregnant women, who have the most to lose.