The Oscar-nominated actor said he didn't feel comfortable taking off his shirt in a pool until his mid-30s.
Actor Jonah Hill has asked people not to comment on his body, in an Instagram post. The Oscar-nominated actor said it didn't help that people were constantly talking about his weight even if meant they were positive or negative comments. The actor who's known for his role in Superbad, and The Wolf of Wall Street, took to Instagram to share his message. "I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body," he wrote, reported CNN. "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 has previously spoken about being body-shamed and said he has been working towards embracing and loving his body.
There was overwhelming support from other celebrities and fans. His sister, actor Beanie Feldstein, posted applause emojis and wrote, "That's my brother." Singer SZA replied to the post, writing, "Absolutely love you. Thank you!!" Johah Hill recently got a tattoo to celebrate body positivity and self-love, reading: 'Body love'. The actor shared the post not long after he opened up about his struggles with his body image in February.
The Daily Mail had carried a story with pictures of him shirtless after surfing in Malibu, California. He posted a screenshot of the article and wrote about growing up being insecure with his body. "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," he wrote. "Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by 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."
He added that he was feeling comfortable with his body and no one could take that away from him. "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 kids who don’t take their shirts off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love. Oh and Daily Mail, not even you can take that smile from my face ;)"
He also spoke about it during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2018. “I became famous in my late teens and then spent most of my young adult life listening to people say that I was fat and gross and unattractive," he said, reported Yahoo News. “And it’s only in the last four years writing and directing my movie, Mid90s that I’ve started to understand how much that hurt and got into my head."
Many celebrities have opened up about being targeted over their body by both media and fans. Singer Billie Eilish opened about it and said she wore baggy clothing because she was made to feel insecure about her body. “I think that the people around me were more worried about it than I was, because the reason I used to cut myself was because of my body," she said in an interview with Vanity Fair. "To be quite honest with you, I only started wearing baggy clothes because of my body. I was really, really glad though, mainly, that I’m in this place in my life, because if that had happened three years ago, when I was in the midst of my horrible body relationship — or dancing a ton, five years ago, I wasn’t really eating. I was, like, starving myself.” She said it still is hard to read the hurtful comments online. “I thought that I would be the only one dealing with my hatred for my body, but I guess the internet also hates my body. So that’s great,” she said, before adding, “The internet hates women.”