UPDATED: The Most Cringeworthy Celebrity Coronavirus Posts

Look, it’s a weird time for everyone right now. With the coronavirus pandemic in full force, we’re all practicing social distancing as much as possible, and it can take a mental toll, making it hard to remember who’s really suffering the most here: celebrities and influencers. Guys, I’m worried for them. The average famous person’s content is approximately 85% pictures of them looking hot in various locations, and right now just isn’t the time. So while the last few days have been a stressful time in the world, it’s been kind of incredible to watch everyone from Real Housewives to A-list celebs scramble to figure out wtf they’re supposed to be saying right now.

Many celebs have done a great job encouraging their fans to make smart choices (Ariana Grande) or kept the mood light (Courteney Cox’s TikTok is lit), but some have stumbled in the past few days, for various reasons. As we enter a self-isolation period for the next couple weeks (at least), I have a feeling the content will only get more deranged. Here are a selection of the most cringeworthy celebrity coronavirus posts I’ve come across.

Evangeline Lilly

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#morningtea ☕️ Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual

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As this week has gone on, it really seemed like pretty much everyone had gotten the memo about social distancing. But while most of us have been limiting our outside-the-apartment time to quick walks and grocery runs, apparently some celebs aren’t so into it. On Tuesday, Evangeline Lilly (star of Lost and The Hobbit) posted on Instagram that she had just dropped her kids off at gymnastics camp, pointing out that they washed their hands first. She hashtagged “business as usual”, which is honestly just an asshole move at this point. Like, no, this isn’t business as usual. Millions of people have lost their jobs, the economy is crashing, and people are DYING. Not cute.

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil never met an issue she didn’t have a take on, and coronavirus is obviously no different. In this tweet, which has since been deleted, she pondered whether this GLOBAL PANDEMIC is just a “clap back from Mother Nature” for like, ruining the planet. Okay, woof. Is climate change a global crisis that we all need to be worried about? Absolutely. But coronavirus is a totally separate issue, and I’m pretty sure Jameela knows that. But yeah, Mother Nature is gonna f*ck us all up—you heard it here first!

Whitney Port

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I know today is pretty crazy and aside from staying safe it’s also important to stay calm and try have as normal a day/week/month as we can.  If you are sitting on the couch wondering what to do like me, maybe you want to check out some of these bathroom pics. Haha. It’s helping me! To check out the full renovation head to the link in my bio. @getclever @archdigest . More special thanks to the beyond talented @marieflaniganinteriors for helping us make our vision come to life. And to @ariastonegallery for the gorgeous stone, @bedrosianstile for the Cloe Collection tile and @marco_lorenzetto for the awesome piece of artwork. Photography by @juliesoefer. Styling by @elkin.

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Feeling stressed about corona? Same girl! Luckily, you can check out pics of Whitney Port’s bathroom! Thank god for this, I’m totally not stressed anymore. Like I said before, this is going to be a weird time for influencers to know what to do with their normal, self-centered content, and this is maybe not the way to do it. This whole post has big “Kim, there’s people that are dying” energy.

Katy Perry

Italy has seriously been hurting lately, and some heartwarming videos of Italians singing together from their windows went viral. It’s a beautiful show of strength in a desperate time—but they weren’t singing Katy Perry. The singing video quickly became a meme, with Twitter users dubbing it with everything from Nicki Minaj to Real Housewives fights. Katy Perry didn’t get the meme memo, and shared a fan-made video of “Roar”, thinking it was real. To make matters worse, she used the Hungarian flag instead of the Italian one. A swing and a miss. Needless to say, this tweet was deleted.

Joe Giudice

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More people die from Viagra (heart attacks and drug overdose) everyday than this Corona virus 🦠. People here are frantic because government is ridiculous with 🔒down !!!! Sorry Lock down not for me Never again !!!!! Stay safe 🌎 eat healthy, exercise, and no shaking hands . 🧼 👏! #coronavirus #staysafeoutthere #lockdownnotcool #awarenessiskey #washhands

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Speaking of Italy, we have boots on the ground thanks to one Joe Giudice. He’s been living there since ICE deported him last year, but as the country went on lockdown last week, he didn’t really seem to get what was going on. In a truly wild Instagram caption, he claimed that “More people die from Viagra (heart attacks and drug overdose)” than coronavirus, and that he won’t be put on lockdown ever again. From his subsequent posts, it seems like he might be taking things a bit more seriously, but I don’t love how much time he’s spending outside. Joe—go inside!!!

Scheana Shay

We’re all learning through this crisis, and at least some people have owned their mistakes. On Saturday, Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay posted a series of tweets in which she mocked people staying at home. She got dragged in her replies, and luckily she figured out that she had f*cked up. In later tweets, she said that she had just gotten home from a work trip, and hadn’t been following the progression of the crisis. She made it clear that she “now understands the severity of our current predicament,” which like, good. Scheana is carrying Pump Rules on her back right now, so we can’t have anything happening to her.

Kelly Bensimon

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In light of the present state, I will be not be posting on Instagram for a while. This is a time for me to focus on my girls and my family. I am thinking of all of us, and you. Thank you for supporting me for so long. It means a lot. Be careful and practice #socialdistancing

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Wrapping up our Bravo portion, we must talk about Kelly Bensimon. The former RHONY star has been on a real journey over the past few days, and it might be the best thing that’s happened this week. A few days ago, Kelly posted that she would be taking a break from social media “in light of the present state.” That’s all well and good, but then she ended the post with the hashtag #socialdistancing. Wait, does Kelly think that social distancing is about Instagram?

But it looks like someone clued her in, because she’s back on the ‘gram already! The very next day, Kelly posted the world’s blurriest selfie, wearing a mask on an airplane (double yikes), saying that she “made a mistake and have made a decision to be in this with you.” Lmao, a queen. To be honest, I can’t get over this photo—the deadness in her eyes is something I feel on a deep level right now. Let’s keep checking on Kelly to make sure she doesn’t lose her sh*t.

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Hey guys, I made a mistake and have made a decision to be in this with you. When I get afraid, I tend to hide and revert. We are all in this together. So. I’m going to continue to post. Keep criticizing and making me better. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Love you, kkb

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Laura Osnes

Broadway stars can be messy too! Yesterday, Tony-nominated actress Laura Osnes announced that she would temporarily be lowering the price on her Cameo account, as a special “corona clearance” for her fans. I am… speechless. KIM, THERE’S PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING. I totally get that she needs to pay her bills, but so do the thousands of theatre workers that are going to be out of work for weeks, if not months. These people don’t need to be spending their money on a discounted Cameo right now, sorry Laura.

Clearly, the celebrities are not doing amazing right now, and things are only going to get weirder. Stay sane out there, and remember that we’re all staying inside for a reason.

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Jameela Jamil Got In The Messiest Twitter Fight With Sara Sampaio

Ah, Jameela Jamil. Talented actress, champion of body positivity, and prolific tweeter. Jameela does important work helping to tear down the norms of problematic diet culture and harmful social media wellness practices, but she also has a habit of putting her foot in her mouth on social media. Over the last 24 hours, she’s been in a heated Twitter back-and-forth with Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio, and it’s all one big mess. Tempers are high, things are getting condescending, and I’m not sure anyone is completely in the right, tbh. Let’s try to make sense of this, shall we?

A few days ago, Jameela Jamil reposted a video of a runway show in which several women are walking barefoot, dancing together, and generally just having a good time. No one in the video is super skinny, and Jameela took note. She said the show looked fun, then added “not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight.”

Oh my god 😍😍😍 this looks like the most fun, and not a long-starved terrified teenager in sight. Beautiful. https://t.co/hck5n6e9Xu

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 13, 2019

And in the least shocking turn of events, this offended some people, namely models, namely Sara Sampaio. Sara is a Portuguese model who has worked with Victoria’s Secret since 2013. She criticized Jameela’s description of models as “extremely offensive,” and called her a hypocrite for going against her usual message of body positivity.

How about celebrating someone without bringing other people down? Calling runway models “long-starved terrified teenager” is extremely offensive. From someone that is always preaching for body positivity this just screams hypocrisy. https://t.co/JOBtY0yrui

— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019

As we saw last week with the George W. Bush drama, Jameela Jamil isn’t one to back down from criticism on Twitter, and this was no exception. She clarified that she wasn’t referring to all models, and clarified that a “*vast* majority” of young models have issues with drugs and/or eating disorders. She also said that Sampaio should “try to calm down.” *Cringe emoji*

On the one hand, while I understand Sampaio’s argument that Jameela Jamil could have just celebrated the video without bringing anything negative into the narrative, that’s not really Jameela’s style. Her whole thing is calling out issues in beauty standards, and the fashion industry has long played into and profited from these toxic ideals. On the other hand, telling Sara Sampaio to “try to calm down” is extremely condescending, and it doesn’t make Jameela Jamil’s argument any stronger.

I also don’t preach “body positivity.” I talk about moving away from all talk of body, in order to combat our current pervasive issue of eating disorder culture, which is in NO small way perpetuated by the extreme thinness demanded of girls by the high fashion powers that be.

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

After those first couple tweets, it was basically a free-for-all between Sara and Jameela, with each tweeting and responding with blocks of text every couple minutes. It’s really not important to read every single tweet, or analyze every word, because it’s not that complicated. Sara Sampaio obviously feels strongly about not making disparaging generalizations about models, and Jameela Jamil doesn’t give a sh*t about making the fashion industry look bad.

Sampaio talked about how eating disorders and drug use are a problem in society as a whole, not only in the modeling business, and that these problems don’t actually affect a “vast majority” of models (k, I’m gonna need a citation on that), like Jameela suggested.

You didn’t say all models, sure, but you still chose to attack girls just so you can celebrate others. Eating disorders, drugs and cocaine use aren’t a exclusive problem of models, it’s a huge problem is society as a whole. And when you talk like you know for sure majority of https://t.co/4hAIf379WP

— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019

Sara also clarified that the only intention of her original tweet was to call out Jameela Jamil’s negativity: “I never said there wasn’t a problem with the industry, so don’t go around and put words in my mouth.” Honestly, this drama is more intense than 80% of Real Housewives feuds, which is saying something. Jameela Jamil then told Sara not to “police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic,” before adding that her words “aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive.”

Okay, so while I agree with Jameela that we don’t have to be polite when trying to affect change in the world, that’s not the same thing as demanding a free pass to offend whoever you want along the way. Sara’s not trying to say that Jameela should stop doing this kind of work, just that this specific tweet could have stayed on a positive note instead of slamming a whole group of people for basically no reason.

Don’t police how I choose to celebrate something or call out something problematic. I was celebrating that it’s a refreshing change, compared to the toxic fashion show norm. I’m an activist. My words aren’t cute, or easy, or inoffensive. Change doesn’t come from being polite. https://t.co/NqvfwTeixP

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

So all of that (and more that I didn’t embed because it was just too much) happened on Tuesday night, ending at around 1opm. But that’s not the end!! Jameel Jamil fired up her Twitter machine once again this morning, going all the way back to Sara’s original response to her tweet. Girl, at this point, the horse is dead. Stop beating it.

Also @SaraSampaio , you MIDUNDERSTOOD the tweet in the first place… it was Not taking aim at *kids* for being starved and afraid. It’s definitely not *their* fault. Who on EARTH would blame children? it was taking aim at this (unbelievably fucked) industry. Which is RIGHT to do https://t.co/K3DkuRmIG7

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

After all of what happened on Tuesday night, Jameela claimed that Sara didn’t even understand the intent of her tweet in the first place. After all of that!!!! Jameela, I’m not gonna tell you how to live your life, but if someone misunderstands your point, perhaps try letting them know in the first response, rather than 10 rounds of petty tweets later. She said that her tweet wasn’t taking aim at the starved teenagers, but actually the fashion industry as a whole.

By this point, it doesn’t really matter, but Sara did criticize Jameela for “attacking girls,” so she can correct her if she wants. But Sara also understandably called out Jameela this morning for her “constant condescending tone” when responding to her, and told her to have a nice life. Wowwww, this is so petty, and I love it.

This is the last I’ll say on this. Your constant condescending tone is just unnecessary, and makes it impossible to actual have a conversation. Hope you have a nice life. Wish you all the best.

— Sara Sampaio (@SaraSampaio) October 16, 2019

Despite Sara’s best efforts to shut the feud down, Jameela wasn’t done, and she followed this up with her most personal attack yet. She fully went for the jugular, saying that Sara works “for a transphobic, fat phobic company,” and that she should check herself “before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls.”

You also proudly work for a transphobic, fat phobic company @SaraSampaio . Victoria’s Secret is a brand that sets out to exclude most women, so I would check yourself on that before you start policing me for calling out an industry wide epidemic of harm to young girls. https://t.co/e8HKFPQ71X

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

Honestly, this one left me speechless. Up until this point, the argument had stayed pretty squarely focused on the issue at hand. They can debate Jameela’s message on the tweet as much as they want, but Jameela really took it to a new level by attacking the job that has, by far, been the defining part of Sara’s career. And, I mean, she is not wrong…

If you’re speaking out against what your company did then GREAT. I look forward to seeing your activism on that with your big profile. You seem passionate about speaking out. So best of luck to you on helping young girls and trans people in this business. ❤️ https://t.co/UdQNCJrtb6

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 16, 2019

Despite saying she was done with the feud, Sara couldn’t ignore Jameela’s attack on her career, and came back for one last tweet, in which she acknowledged Victoria’s Secret’s mistakes, and said that they’ve “been working on changing that.” She made one more dig at Jameela, saying that she’s made big mistakes in the “pass” too, but then said that she’s not going to turn to “personal attacks to try to win some stupid twitter feud.”

Oh my god, you guys, I am so tired. Honestly, it’s comical that these two women got so involved over something that started with a dumb tweet about a fashion show that was meant to be positive, but that’s just the world we live in. I now know way more about Sara Sampaio than I ever intended to, and honestly, she’s pretty great at being petty on Twitter, so I kinda like her. Between Jameela’s relentless dedication to her causes and Sara’s unwillingness to back down, this was unknowingly a matchup for the ages.

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Why Jameela Jamil Is Getting Trolled On Twitter RN

If you’ve been on the internet in the last couple days, you’ve probably noticed that there’s been a lot of talk about George W. Bush. Funny that our current President is currently in the middle of impeachment proceedings, and suddenly all we can talk about is the guy who was president when we were in middle school.

Last weekend, a photo of Ellen DeGeneres laughing and chatting with George W. Bush at the Dallas Cowboys game went viral. People were outraged that Ellen, a long-time advocate for LGBTQ issues and member of the community, was rubbing shoulders with Bush, who has opposed marriage equality and other LGBTQ causes throughout his presidency. He also actively campaigned last year for Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and many people view him as a war criminal for his decision to start a war in Iraq.

By Tuesday, Ellen couldn’t ignore the controversy about the photo, and she addressed it on her show. She clarified that she’s friends with George W. Bush, and that she is “friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” and urged that we should all “be kind to everyone.” For now, I won’t dive into the many stories of Ellen being a nightmare to the people who work for her (lmk if you want an article on that later), and I’ll just take her statement at face value. *Big deep breath* ok.

Many celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell, posted in support of Ellen, which in turn drew more controversy, but one star in particular created a whole firestorm all on her own. Jameela Jamil, star of The Good Place and outspoken advocate for a more honest culture around wellness, initially voiced her support for Ellen. But then she backtracked, tweeting that she had just learned about the specifics of George W. Bush’s time as President, and was (maybe) changing her mind.

Ooooof learning today about the full extent of Bush’s heinous presidency… we weren’t taught much about him at school, we just heard he was stupid…(we were dealing with our own epic nightmare of a prime minister back then). What a monstrous leader. I now understand the rage..

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 9, 2019

Okay, so there’s kind of a lot going on here. For reference, Jameela Jamil is British, and she was approximately 14-22 years old while George W. Bush was President. While some people praised her for doing more research after her initial defense of Ellen, the response wasn’t all positive. She immediately started getting lots of responses criticizing her for her lack of knowledge, and calling her ignorant for not being more aware. (So are you just supposed to be born knowing everything, or just never admit that you were ever uninformed about an issue?)

She’s older than me, and I went to a tonne of Iraq protests and my whole school staged an anti-war walkout? https://t.co/is0KAj163S

— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) October 9, 2019

Basically, people had a lot of opinions about something that didn’t really have anything to do with them, which is usually how things go on Twitter dot com. Jameela defended herself, clarifying that she knew plenty about the war in Iraq, but mostly from the perspective of the British involvement. Also, I really don’t think it’s that unusual for a teenager to not be like, super invested in politics, and it’s better that she’s getting invested now than never.

Very interesting to see some pompous responses from people because someone from the other side of the world didn’t learn about a president in your country when they were a teenager. Are you experts on all world leaders from back then? Ridiculing learning and growth is weird. 🤘🏽

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 9, 2019

But aside from her clarifications on the specifics of her political knowledge, Jameela didn’t do the best job responding to some of the criticism online. When one of her followers asked her to share links or info about George W. Bush, this is how she responded:

Google it. I’m busy man.

— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) October 9, 2019

I mean, why??? Jameela, I applaud your efforts to learn and be informed, but you can’t exactly get snappy with your audience when they just want the same thing as you. This is a situation where I don’t think the controversy was really warranted, but Jameela should also just leave it be. When you’re famous like her, you’re never going to get the last word over all the Twitter trolls, so at some point you have to just be content with the fact that you’re rich and famous, and they’re not, and you’re trying your best. There’s nothing to be gained from responding to randos in a way that just makes you look petty.

So at the end of the day, basically the internet is mad at George W. Bush for a lot of sh*t, they’re mad at Ellen for hanging out with George W. Bush, and they’re made at Jameela Jamil for admitting that she didn’t know that much about George W. Bush. Honestly, I can’t believe I just said “George W. Bush” that much in 2019, and I’m f*cking tired. Now if you need me, I’m going to take a nap.

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How Instagram & Jameela Jamil Are Cracking Down On Weight Loss Scams

If you spend a lot of time on Instagram or in the general world, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a major problem with the way we talk about diet, weight loss, and “wellness” in general. This isn’t one simple problem, but rather an entire culture that needs to shift. (If you want more details, try listening to our entire Diet Starts Tomorrow podcast.) But one of the biggest issues on Instagram is the way that influencers promote diet and weight loss products with no regard for what actually works, and what messages could be harmful to their audience. Well, Jameela Jamil is working with Instagram to make some important changes.

Jameela Jamil has long been a crusader for more honest practices around wellness products, particularly on social media. She’s repeatedly called out people like the Kardashians for misleading ads and comments glorifying unhealthy weight loss tactics. Earlier this year, she launched a change.org petition to Instagram to “Stop celebrities promoting toxic diet products on social media,” and she got over 200,000 signatures.

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THIS IS HUGE NEWS. @i_weigh are changing the world together. After a bunch of shouting, screaming, and petitioning… we have managed to get the attention of the people at the top, and they have heard us and want to protect us. And this is just the beginning of our efforts. As of now, if you’re under 18, you will no longer be exposed to any diet/detox products, and for all other ages; all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report. I’ve been working with Instagram all year towards this, who were amazing to deal with, and they expressed that they passionately care about creating a safer space for us all online. This happened so much faster than I expected and I’m so proud and happy and relieved. WELL DONE to the many people who have been working towards this huge change. This is a mass effort. This is an extraordinary win that is going to make a big difference. Influencers have to be more responsible. ❤️

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Instagram saw the same issues as Jameela Jamil, so they’ve now worked with her to institute two new policies dealing with diet products.

-“If a post promotes a weight loss product or cosmetic procedure and has a price tag fixed to it, users who are younger than 18-years-old will be prohibited from viewing the post.”

-“Any content that makes a ‘miraculous claim’ about diet or weight loss products . So, for example, if an influencer posts a picture of themselves sipping diet tea, promoting their discount code, and telling their followers how they managed to lose 10lbs rapidly solely due to the tea, it will be removed for violating the new community guidelines.”

Before I get into anything else, let me just state the obvious: both of these are great policies, and it’s an important step toward creating a better culture. I just have some questions, and I’ll be honest that I’m a little skeptical of how well these rules will actually work.

I’m extremely happy that Instagram is specifically taking measures to shield teens and kids from the harmful messages of weight loss posts. From increasingly young ages, people in our world are taught to feel bad about their bodies, and it needs to stop. Even recently, we’ve seen huge controversy over WW’s decision to launch a weight loss app aimed at kids. The sentiment behind the 18-and-under policy is great, but it sounds like the only way they’re going about this is through posts that use the shopping feature (hence the “price tag” language). I invite you to scroll through the feeds of some influencers and look at their weight loss ads. None of them use the price tag feature. You have to start somewhere, but I have my doubts that this rule is actually going to do anything. Sadly, companies that want to target minors will just get smarter about their specific tactics to skirt the guidelines.

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#ad Ok you guys… I’ve been putting in work, adding in @flattummyco meal replacement shakes and I’m seriously feeling so good. My energy is up, my cravings are controlled and I actually feel like I’m a total tummy knockout. You need to go check them out while their 30% OFF sale is on. Ps: how CUTE is this shaker bottle?!

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For example, here’s an ad that Khloé Kardashian (Jameela Jamil’s enemy #1) recently did for Flat Tummy Tea. It’s obviously an ad, but she doesn’t use the shopping/price tag feature, though she uses #ad, which adheres with FCC guidelines. Does the 18-and-under rule even apply to this?

While I’m really unsure about the implementation of the first new policy, the second one has its own set of concerns. According to Jameela’s own words, “all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report.” Again, an excellent goal, but the implementation is where it gets tricky. From Instagram’s wording, I gather that they’ve just updated the community guidelines to make these things technically against the rules, so there are grounds to report these posts. There’s no Instagram bot that’s going to automatically detect these posts and remove them, because that would be basically impossible. How do you quantify a “fad” product? Flat Tummy Tea is an easy one, but what about chunky dad sneakers? I mean, those are a fad, just saying.

Despite all the problematic effects of posts making false claims about weight loss, censorship is a slippery slope. The nature of weight loss and dieting is that everything works differently for different people, so there’s a fine line between a claim that seems unlikely and something that is categorically false. While I’m not buying that Khloé got a whole new body by sipping diarrhea tea, I can’t say with 100% certainty that it didn’t do anything for her. With this in mind, it’s probably for the best that Instagram’s new policy will rely on self-reporting, so people can judge for themselves what crosses the line.

Overall, I’m excited about the changes that Instagram is making, because we shouldn’t have to live in a world of fake weight loss products and Photoshop fails forever. But as with anything, change takes time, and I’m looking forward to seeing Jameela Jamil continue to work with Instagram to tweak and expand these rules to address the full breadth of the issues. Someday, we might actually be in the good place.

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Flat Tummy Tea’s Pregnancy Tea Isn’t Actually Safe For Pregnant Women

The evil monsters behind Flat Tummy Co that we love to hate are at it again, but this time they’re targeting the group that is perhaps the most vulnerable and least deserving of being targeted by this sort of sh*t: pregnant women. That’s right, Flat Tummy Co’s greed couldn’t be satiated by exploiting non-pregnant women’s insecurities and passing their crap off as health products. They had to go so far as to make women carrying actual human life feel insecure about not having a flat stomach. They’ve definitely faced continuous backlash for their sh*t, though, including from our favorite dietician Tracy Lockwood Beckerman (an actual professional who knows how horrible this stuff based on her actual scientific expertise), who spoke about it on the latest episode of the Diet Starts Tomorrow podcast. Here’s everything she says we need to know about why Flat Tummy Co’s “Organic Pregnancy Tea” isn’t actually safe for pregnant women, or really anyone for that matter, and how the internet is freaking out about it.

 

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#ad You guys all know I looove @flattummyco shakes. I’ve just restarted them (it’s Day 2 today) and I’m already feeling so good. We had a huuuuge Christmas this year and between that, New Years and everything inbetween… I felt like it was impossible to fit in my regular work outs and eat healthy. But this program is giving me a kick in the right direction that I need. These meal replacement shakes are so good and they’re helping me get my tummy back to flat. I’m already feeling amazing and I’m so excited for the next few weeks. Because they’re all about getting women back on track… they’ve got a 20% off sale going on right now, so if you want to start 2019 off right… trust me, you’re going to want to check them out. PS. I’m doing the chocolate program?

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If you don’t follow any of the Kardashians aren’t familiar with Flat Tummy’s regular antics, they are known for marketing their fake healthy products via sponsored Instagram posts by celebrities with large female followings, such as Real Housewives and the Kardashians. What a clever marketing strategy!!! Make women think celebrities’ impossibly flat stomachs are thanks to a tea they can buy themselves, and not the personal chefs and trainers and doctors that only the wealthy can afford! Social media has already made beauty standards for women unrealistically high, so why not just perpetuate lies and make them even unhealthily higher?! Hahahaha everything is so great over here in womanhood. What’s even crazier is the fact that they used Amber Rose, who actually is pregnant right now, to promote their pregnancy tea and try to convince people that it actually is healthy to use while pregnant.

 

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#ad 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. 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.

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Luckily Jameela Jamil, who’s been the one to call the Kardashians out for taking advantage of their audience just to get that Flat Tummy money, stepped in here as well. “FLAT TUMMY PRODUCTS FOR… PREGNANT WOMEN? Is this FDA approved? Are we… fucking… KIDDING? @US_FDA,” she tweeted with a screenshot of Amber Rose’s Instagram post.

I’m sorry, but isn’t the idea of a Flat Tummy pregnancy tea a little bit of an oxymoron? If there is one time in your life you probably aren’t going to have a flat tummy, it’s when you are pregnant. Are we really now trying to force the necessity of a flat stomach on literal pregnant women?! I can’t. I’ve truly seen it all.

But not only are these bullsh*t teas harmful to body image and don’t do what they say they do, they can actually make you physically sick. Beckerman says the “detox teas” are literally just LAXATIVES. Even worse, once you start drinking them, you physically will not be able to go to the bathroom without them. Which makes perfect sense from a money-hungry marketing standpoint, because then you just have to keep buying more! The truth is, these companies don’t give a sh*t about your wellbeing, but you certainly will be giving a lot of it when you’re running to the bathroom every five minutes after using their products.

 

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#ad If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing… I’ve been out here working my a** off. I’ve been working out and using @flattummyco meal replacement shakes to help me get my tummy back to where it was. I know it’s not going to be an easy journey, but I’m feeling SO ready to do this and after using the shakes, I’m feeling really good and definitely feeling the difference. Baby weight is no joke! If you’re wanting to try them you should get on it because there’s a 20% off sale going on right now!

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Knowing what the ingredients in Flat Tummy products actually do, Beckerman explains, “What you’re doing to your body in taking this tea is a laxative-like effect on you. It’s making you feel dizzy, it’s making you feel lethargic, you’re dehydrated, your electrolytes are imbalanced. You feel sh*tty, you’re gonna lay down, you may even get the sweats and you don’t feel good,” which is what happens to a healthy person who doesn’t have a bun in the oven when they drink the tea. Imagine how it would affect someone who’s pregnant: “Now you’re immunocompromised, you’re carrying a child, and your system doesn’t work to take care of mom ‘cause it’s taking care of baby, so mom could pass out.” The cherry on top is that THEY AREN’T EVEN FDA APPROVED. To be fair, no supplements are FDA approved, because they are not evaluated by the FDA. But still, Beckerman states, “They did a recall of over 400 supplements in the last 10 years because… They had other things like weight loss stimulants that have been taken off the market for years because they cause heart attacks.”

When Tracy called Flat Tummy out for their unethical sh*t on her Instagram, they replied to a comment on her post! Someone pointed out that their website literally said that the Organic Pregnancy Tea isn’t actually safe for pregnant women, to which they responded in a comment (that they later deleted) that said their website was in the process of being updated. 

I’m sorry, but what kind of credible website selling “health products” doesn’t have accurate information ready about whether or not it’s healthy to take their products? Everyone, I beg of you, save yourself from the ridiculousness these greed machines are trying to force on us and realize that you and your baby will be better off without this bullsh*t. We all will be.

To hear more about the Flat Tummy hoax, listen to Diet Starts Tomorrow below.

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All The Times Jameela Jamil Has Called Out The Kardashians

Guys, I’m so tired. I’m so tired of slathering my entire body in makeup because I’m wearing a dress. I’m so tired of being told that a laxative tea, one that will surely f*ck up my digestive system, will make me look like a (Photoshopped) celebrity. These impossible beauty standards and the toxic messages I’ve internalized are wearing me out. I’m SO TIRED. And so is Jameela Jamil, who is, yet again, calling out the Kardashians for telling women that we’re not good enough unless we have an 18-inch waist. Jameela’s most recent gripe is over Kim’s new body makeup, which women can use to cover their entire body and blur things like veins, bruises, or any other “imperfection” that might make a man think that we are human *gasp*! Excuse me while I go burn everything to the ground now.  

This is obviously not the first time that Jameela has come for the Kardashians, it’s just the latest battle in the war she is waging against the unattainable beauty standards the world has set for women, and that the Kardashians continue to perpetuate and profit off of. Such a lovely family! So, in honor of Jameela’s most recent display of straight-up badassery, let’s take a look at all the times she went after America’s First Family of Flat Tummy Tea.  

The Appetite Suppressant Lollipops

Of all the awful things that the Kardashians hath wrought, appetite suppressant lollipops are the worst of all. Well, the lollipops and Tristan Thompson, but this article’s not about him. Last year, Kim promoted these lollipops on Instagram, telling her 142 million followers that not eating is cool! Going to extreme measures to look like Kim is cool! Let’s all get eating disorders together! (I’m only paraphrasing a little.) Naturally, Jameela took issue with this advertisement:

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

As my aunt likes to text me, “you go girl!” Personally, I would have used even a few more expletives, but I’m from Jersey. Those Brits are way f*cking classier. This is the first time I noticed Jameela going after the Kardashians, and it made a big splash and started a narrative. Eventually, the check cleared I guess a modicum of shame got to Kim, so she changed the caption to just a lollipop emoji, but WE ALL KNOW WHAT YOU DID, KIM. 

The “Kim Looks Anorexic” Comments

In case you were giving Kim the benefit of the doubt after the lollipop fiasco, let me get you some more sticks to fuel that rage fire. Later in the year, Kim posted an Instagram story where her sisters told her she looked anorexic and she was so excited and thanked them. So yeah, she’s promoting anorexia. But guys, it was just a joke! Fun and games! My fun and games involve shaming my brother with embarrassing photos in our family group chat and commenting “never forget,” but sure! Anorexia is hilarious too! In response to this story, Jameela posted the following on her own Instagram:

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Dear the Kardashians. And every girl who looks to them for a reference of how to value themselves. ❤️ follow @i_weigh for a dose of reality and self esteem ❤️

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THANK YOU. It’s sad that we all need to be reminded that our weight does not determine our worth, but I certainly can use the reminder literally all the time. Jameela also created an Instagram account called @i_weigh, which is about “radical inclusivity, so that no one feels alone.” I highly recommend it as a follow in between the life-sized Barbies that are popping up in our feed. 

Their ‘New York Times’ Interview

I actually only included this incident because after the Kardashians did an interview basically saying they can do whatever they want for money (SERIOUSLY), Jameela said that “their pockets are lined with the blood and diarrhea of teenage girls.” This is the most epic insult I’ve ever heard, and in my dreams I came up with it myself. I hope the money is worth it, ladies!! 

All Women Want is to Eat and Lose Weight

Khloé posted in an Instagram story earlier this year that all women want is to “1. Lose Weight and 2. Eat” which obviously set Jameela off:

This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this. Sending love to this poor woman. This industry did this to her. The media did it to her. They fat shamed her into a prison of self critique. Dear girls, WANT MORE THAN THIS. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RFkb0GzxZY

— Jameela Jamil ? (@jameelajamil) January 10, 2019

Sadly, for some of us, especially me (hello garlic knots, my old friend) this is true. And it’s because people like the Kardashians have been telling us for so long in so many ways that skinny is the best way. So, maybe, just maybe, if certain people stop promoting waist trainers, and laxative tea, and appetite suppressant lollipops, women will stop only wanting to both lose weight and eat. And for the record, women do want other things. I also would like to own a bookstore/coffee shop, get a dog, and to meet my goal of reading 50 books this year. 

Khloé Promoting Flat Tummy Tea 

And finally, we have the epic post where Jameela called out Khloé for promoting Flat Tummy Tea and acting like it’s the reason she looks the way that she does, when we all know that’s not true. 

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Tea, for lack of a better word. #CommentsByCelebs

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I’m so glad that Jameela said this. Because most girls aren’t as cynical as me and don’t realize that Khloé Facetuned the sh*t out of this. Most girls don’t follow multiple Instagram accounts that point out all the ways that celebrities enhance their images (or read our weekly Photoshop Fail articles). Most girls don’t have the free time to deep-dive the Kardashian archives and see all the times they’ve sold us snake oil. It must be pointed out. FYI, Khloé eventually deleted the post. PROGRESS. 

So, if this article hasn’t proven to you that God sent the Kardashians down to us as a test and that we failed, I don’t know what will. I’ll just be over here bracing myself for the next big flood. Thanks for trying, Jameela!

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I Tried Flat Tummy Tea Products And Here’s What Happened

For the amount that I poke fun at all the sponcon from Insta-influencers, you would think I’d be smart enough to not succumb to their gimmicks. But, in a moment of weakness, I am ashamed to admit that I caved and ordered Flat Tummy Tea. I know, please don’t be disappointed in me. Prior to my vaca to Aruba this past January, I started to panic about losing the continual “last five pounds” before I left. Especially coming off of holiday season, between all the mimosas and Christmas cookies, I wasn’t feeling my best. So, with all the recent controversy over Flat Tummy Tea and the Kardashians, I figured I’d do you all the favor of breaking down my personal experience with their products. That way, you don’t have to waste $200 buying all this sh*t. Here is a recount of my personal experience with three of their core products.

1. Flat Tummy Shakes (4-week program—$89)

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#ad You guys all know I looove @flattummyco shakes. I've just restarted them (it's Day 2 today) and I’m already feeling so good. We had a huuuuge Christmas this year and between that, New Years and everything inbetween… I felt like it was impossible to fit in my regular work outs and eat healthy. But this program is giving me a kick in the right direction that I need. These meal replacement shakes are so good and they're helping me get my tummy back to flat. I’m already feeling amazing and I’m so excited for the next few weeks. Because they’re all about getting women back on track… they’ve got a 20% off sale going on right now, so if you want to start 2019 off right… trust me, you’re going to want to check them out. PS. I’m doing the chocolate program?

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First, I’ll start with the shakes. These were the product that I was most excited about, because I love a good meal replacement smoothie. It’s quick, easy, and usually delicious. Key word being “usually.” I’ve tried several different chocolate protein powders in my day and this one, well, it was the absolute worst. I’m someone who can tolerate gross sh*t in the name of being skinny, but these shakes? Couldn’t do it. They tasted EXACTLY like Play-Doh! And, just to confirm I wasn’t crazy, I made my friends taste it too, and they all agreed. It was pretty much impossible to drink. In order to even get it down, I ended up having to mix half the Flat Tummy shake powder with another chocolate protein powder I already had at home. So really, the shake was so gross that I couldn’t tolerate it on its own to really give you guys a full and accurate review of whether it worked or not. So, like, sorry about that. But basically, the idea with the shakes is that they’re a meal replacement option that’s low calorie. So, if you’re replacing your normal Panera lunch with these, it makes sense that you would ultimately lose weight, just based on simple math alone. So take it from me, if you want to go the meal replacement route, then fine. But I recommend you use any other chocolate protein powder than this one.

2. Flat Tummy Tea (4-week program—$98)

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Two reminders: It’s time for your PM cleanse, you’ve got a few hours left to stock up with buy 1, get 1 free. #hurry #flattummyco

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Next up, the infamous teas. Flat Tummy Tea offers an “activate” tea for the morning and a “detox” tea for before bed. The morning tea is meant to debloat, support your metabolism, and boost your energy. The nighttime tea aims to detoxify your body by decreasing water retention and cleansing your digestive system (AKA diarrhea.) I’ll be honest, I did really enjoy the tastes of these teas. They made me feel like a health influencer or some sh*t because I had to actually steep my tea with an ~infuser~. The problem though, was the whole “cleanse of the digestive system” aspect. When you’re running to the bathroom every few hours, you inevitably feel lighter and less bloated, but it’s just not practical. With all that said, the bottom line is that yes, the teas were good and made me feel skinnier, but like, in the same way having the stomach flu makes you feel skinnier: gross, irritable, and definitely not “good.”

3. Flat Tummy Lollipops (4-week supply—$49)

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Sooo you’ve probably heard about these lollipops—either from their provocative billboard advertisements or from Kim Kardashian’s Instagram. Either way, to me they sounded absolutely amazinggg. Like, my go-to when I’m trying to avoid snacking are Blow Pops. They give me that sugar rush I crave, plus prevent me from mindlessly snacking. So, when I heard that there was such a thing as an appetite suppressant lollipop, I was more excited than a Bachelor contestant that just scored her first one-on-one. Well, before you get too excited, if you’ve ever tried those medical “lollipops” for kids that they sell at CVS, that’s what these tasted like. They were not good and didn’t “suppress” my appetite. At least not enough for me to want to replace my beloved Blow Pops with them.

So now, let’s get into why Flat Tummy Tea is currently so relevant. If you keep up with pop culture, or at least just keep up with the Kardashians, then you know about the recent scandal involving Khloé Kardashian, Jameela Jamil, and Flat Tummy Tea. Jameela called out Khloé for her Flat Tummy Tea Insta #ad (which has since been deleted), claiming that Khloé was being untruthful to her fans about how she achieved her body. Since then, Kim Kardashian has responded via an interview with The New Yorker stating that “If there is work that is really easy that doesn’t take away from our kids, that’s like a huge priority. You’re going to get backlash for almost everything so as long as you like it or believe in it or it’s worth it financially, whatever your decision may be, as long as you’re O.K. with that.” Yes, that was really her response…

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Couldn’t have done this without the support of your noise. Thank you for helping me help young people. ❤️ thanks to Harvard university for researching this subject ❤️ @i_weigh

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I have a few thoughts here. First, I do respect Jameela Jamil for calling the Kardashians out. Like, honestly, I only ordered these products because the famous family was posting about them so like, fair. Thanks, Jameela!!! But what I don’t think is fair is her singling out Khloé specifically. Like, I get it, she’s the most real, so it makes sense she would be the one called out. But still, I think that’s a little harsh towards the one Kardashian who has consistently stayed the most (relatively) relatable to her fans. Oh, and my thoughts on Kim’s response as to why they do it? Bullsh*t. They’re loaded, and there are tons of other products out there for them to hawk that aren’t potentially harmful to people. Ya know, ones that aren’t harmful to peoples’ body image, health, and wallets from wasting money on all this sh*t.

So, did Flat Tummy Tea work for me? No, but everyone is different, so who know if this stuff will work for you. You probably shouldn’t trust Kim K to give you a recommendation, though.

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