Jonah Hill Does Not Want Your Comments On His Body, Good Or Bad

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To quote Taylor Swift, Jonah Hill “would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.”

The narrative? His body. 

On Instagram, the actor, who’s been in the public eye for over a decade, posted “I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body.” 

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He added, “Good or bad I want to politely let you know it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel good. Much respect.”


Women’s bodies have been the subject of scrutiny and comments — my god, SO many FUCKING comments — since FOREVER.

We know exactly how Hill feels. 

And while I applaud Hill’s decision to speak out, I’m not cheering as loudly as the rest of the internet. 

His post received a ton of support and praise, and that’s great! 

I’m not a hypocrite.

Men who suffer from body issues asking that their boundaries be respected is valid. 

But is it fair that a man speaks out once and is lauded as a hero while women who have been screaming at the top of their lungs for the same respect are ignored? 

No, and that’s what rankles me — I’m clapping, but for a slightly different reason. 

I’m clapping because Hill’s post has brought attention to an important issue — that men also suffer from body issues.

They just aren’t as vocal about it, but they should be! And THAT is worth talking about. 

Men And Body Image Issues

Although rarely discussed, men suffer from body image issues that affect both their physical and mental health. 

According to WebMD, “Surveys on male body image found that 20 percent to 40 percent of men were unhappy with some aspect of their looks, including physical appearance, weight, and muscle size and tone.”

David Frederick, assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and the study’s lead author, said that “men’s body image is an issue that gets overlooked.”

“We know so many women are dissatisfied, so it kind of gets lost that there’s also a lot of men who are dissatisfied,” he said.

Hill’s Journey

In February, the U.K.’s Daily Mail shared a few not-so-flattering photos of Hill surfing, in an attempt to body shame the actor.

Hill called the tabloid out by posting screenshots of the pics on his IG, with a heartfelt caption.

“I don’t think I ever took my shirt off to go into the water until I was in my mid-thirties,” saying that it “probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by press and interviewers.”

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“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,” he added. 

“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 me post’. It’s for the the kids who don’t take their shirt off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love.” 

He wrapped it up with a positive vibe, concluding, “Oh and Daily Mail, not even you can take that smile from my face ;).”

You go, Jonah! 

Comfortable In His Own Skin

In August, Hill again posted a body shot to his IG, featuring a slimmer frame while showcasing a new tat that reads “Body Love.” 

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Hill looks happy and confident in the pic, and his ink is a permanent reminder to love yourself no matter what shape (or size) you are. 

The discussion Hill started is valuable, as it is a good reminder not to comment on someone else’s body — and that body shaming affects men as well as women. 


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