This 'Good Place' Star Was Body Shamed At The Gym, So She Sent A Message To Her Bully

"Don’t do that."

A recent confrontation at her gym was so bad that The Good Place's Jameela Jamil ended up sharing what she experienced — and offered some pretty solid advice to those who think they have the right to comment on a stranger's body.

Earlier this week, the founder of the body-positive Instagram account @i_weigh shared a video on social media. In it, she shared the story of how a guy allegedly came up to her after she finished cycling (the way she says she combats her anxiety), and offered up some thoughts on her body "without prompt" and how she could "improve" it. 

"Don't do that. Don't walk up to someone and impose your belief of what you think they should look like onto them," Jamil said in the two-minute clip. "Don't do that to women, don't do that to men, don't do that to anyone — ever."

Jamil said she thinks this is one reason why some people choose not to exercise, for fear of being accosted in public or having others judge them. And, while she is comfortable with her own body, Jamil can just imagine the things that are said to those who are larger than her. The 32-year-old's response? "Fuck those people."

"When I told him I was happy with my body, he looked both surprised and slightly sorry for me," Jamil tweeted alongside the video. "Never walk up to someone and tell them how much better they could look. You're not being nice, you're shaming them for the way they currently look. You're also being extremely weird."

Since posting the viral tweet, Jamil has gotten support but — more importantly — has inspired some to actually take action and do something for themselves.

Due to the overwhelming response, Jamil penned an open letter for HuffPost UK about the need for us to change the way we think about going to the gym. We're not going there to fix anything about ourselves because nothing is broken. We're going there to do something good for ourselves — our body, our mind, our mental health.

"Why is something that is so good for our mental health only ever marketed as something that can help us meet societally 'acceptable' body shapes? This is so short-sighted," Jamil wrote. "Posing it as a 'fix' makes people feel broken in some way. Posing it as a fix also makes those of us who don't feel too fussed about changing our bodies, feel as though we don't need it. We all need it."

(H/T: BuzzFeed)


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