Body shaming has been a constant issue in society. Whether you are curvy or slim, flawless, or have freckles, society always has something awful to say!
Some were shamed on the streets, with their own family and friends, and for some – even the horrors of the internet have become an avenue for hateful comments for those who experienced being body-shamed.
This is a severe problem in our society.
So severe that many fall victim to it, whether they are well-known individuals or common folks.
But ever so often, famous people like Hollywood celebrities fall the hardest victim to this issue as they are more in the limelight and are easy victims to this vendetta.
Take, for instance, Jonah Hill – who has become a prone victim of mockery for such a long time has finally stood up for himself after his shirtless photo resurfaced online.
Hill has always been vocal about his sentiments about his weight ever since starting in the show business.
He becomes too self-conscious of what the society deems as an ideal body and has even called out the fashion industry for excluding people like him, to which fashion deems as “overweight”
The 21 Jump Street actor responded to his Instagram account regarding the recent photographs of the actor surfing which has been resurfacing online.
Hateful comments regarding the actor’s previous body figure flooded social media which was quickly slammed by the actor himself.
On his latest Instagram post, Jonah shared what he had experienced before, discussing his insecurities. In his caption, he posted that he never took his shirt off in a swimming pool until he was in his mid-thirties and that he probably would have been more comfortable with his body sooner if his insecurities were not worsened by the media who followed Hill from all around to take photos of him in an uncomfortable situation.
Moreover, he added a screenshot of a post in the DailyMail where he wrote in his caption:
I don’t think I ever took my shirt off in a pool until I was in my mid-30s even in front of family and friends.
Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by the press and interviewers.
So the idea that the media tries to play me by stalking me while surfing and printing photos like this and it can’t phase me anymore is dope.
I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself. This isn’t a “good for me” post.
And it’s definitely not a “feel bad for my post”. It’s for the kids who don’t take their shirts off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love.
So much so for standing up for himself – Jonah called out the Daily Mail and added to his caption, “Oh and Daily Mail, not even you can take that smile from my face.” with a winking smiley face.
Jonah is indeed a true example of how one’s inconsiderate comment could affect someone else’s life.
As for his experience, it took him almost 37 years of his life before he had overcome the shame and mockery brought by people who constantly body shames him.
Jonah is serving as an inspiration to a lot of people who have long been afraid of people’s criticisms.
At the end of the day, it’s what we see and how we look at ourselves that matters most.
With this recent event, many celebrities have applauded Jonah Hill’s clap back to the shameful media norm.
Among his constant supporters are her fellow actor and sister Beanie Steinfield who showed her support towards her brother as she left a comment in Jonah’s post saying, “you’re the best in the world I love you”