Jonah Hill Asks Fans to "Not Comment on My Body"
The actor took to Instagram to politely request that fans and supporters refrain from posting about the way he looks
Published Oct 14, 2021In a helpful reminder for everyone to stop being weirdos about other people's bodies, Jonah Hill posted a very succinct request on his Instagram today, asking that fans and supporters not post about the way he looks.
In full, the message reads: "I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body. Good or bad, I want to politely let you know it's not helpful and doesn't feel good. Much respect."
The 37-year-old took to Instagram earlier this year to talk about overcoming his struggles with body image in the public eye, pointing to the Daily Mail's bizarrely body-focused coverage of a recent surfing trip.
Previously, Hill wrote about the topic for his zine Inner Children, a companion piece to his 2018 directorial debut Mid90s.
Hill's new statement speaks to the flipside of our obsession with (metaphorically) dissecting celebrity bodies — that when people have "corrected" themselves (i.e. lost weight or gained muscle, almost exclusively) — the scrutiny often intensifies, now cloaked in the language of body positivity and congratulations.
Both Adele and Kumail Nanjiani have spoken about a similar phenomenon in recent profiles, with Nanjiani, in particular, speaking to the psychological damage incurred by having the shape of his body become a talking point for the entire world.
Just be cool everybody.
See Hill's post below.