The two sisters, as well as some other members of the Kardashian/Jenner family have continuously promoted dietary products such as Flat Tummy Tea. These products claim to provide easy ways to lose weight fast, but they can have negative effects on the body. They can cause abdominal pain and nausea for one, but they can have even more serious effects including "potassium depletion and electrolyte abnormalities."
Khloé Kardashian was most recently called out on Instagram by actress Jameela Jamil.
Jamil has been vocal about her struggles with an eating disorder and has used her platform to speak on various body image issues. On Khloé's latest promotional post, Jamil callled her out. She commented on the post and wrote that Khloé isn't being honest about how she's actually losing weight and isn't telling her followers about the tea's side effects. The full comment reads as follows:
"If you're too irresponsible to:
a) Own up to the fact that you have a personal trainer, nutritionist, probable chef, and a surgeon to achieve your aesthetic, rather that than this laxative product... And
b) Tell them the side effects of this NON-FDA approved product, that most doctors are saying aren't healthy. Side effects such as: Possible Flat Tummy Tea side effects are cramping, stomach pains, diarrhea and dehydration... Then I guess I have to. It's incredibly awful that this industry bullied you until you became this fixated on your appearance. That's the media's fault. But now please don't put that back into the world, and hurt other girls, the way you have been hurt.
You're a smart woman. Be smarter than this."
Jamil also called Kim a "terrible and toxic influence on young girls."
No. Fuck off. No. You terrible and toxic influence on young girls. I admire their mother’s branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius, however this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to. ☹️ pic.twitter.com/zDPN1T8sBM
Back in May of 2018, Jamil posted screenshots of one of Kim Kardashian's appetite suppressant candy ads. She tweeted, "No. F--- off. No. You terrible and toxic influence on young girls. I admire their mother’s branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius, however this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to."
Kim Kardashian didn't delete the post, but she did change the caption to a simple lollipop emoji.
Neither one of the sisters responded to Jamil's persistent comments for a while.
When Jamil first made her comments, neither one of them responded. Since Jamil's response, she's gotten a lot of responses from her fans supporting her stance against the Kardashians and backlash from Kardashian fans. Some of them say that Jamil is just jealous that she isn't as famous as the Kardashians are. Others say they see the harm in these detox tea posts and support Jamil's stance.
Kim and Khloé only responded when they were directly confronted with a question in a recent interview — Khloé's response can barely even be considered that.
In an interview with The New York Times, both Kardashian sisters were confronted with Jamil's comments. Both their responses came off completely unbothered about the whole thing. Khloé told the newspaper, “I don’t live in that negative energy space. Ninety percent of people will be really excited about the family and the journey and who we are.”
So basically, she didn't really respond to Jamil, but she did say that their fans will support anything they do anyway ... so it doesn't matter?
Khloé also emphasized the workouts she shares with her followers, as if to say her weight loss methods are entirely natural.
She went on to say that she shows her workout routines on her Snapchat and doesn't have a personal chef. "Well, listen, I am showing you what to do, silly person," she told The Times. "15 repetitions, three times, here’s the move…” It's not exactly clear if she's calling Jamil a "silly person," but it sure does look that way.
Kim does a better job of responding to Jamil's comments, but she does say that promoting diet tea is an easy way to make money that doesn't take time away from her kids.
"If there is work that is really easy that doesn’t take away from our kids, that’s like a huge priority. If someone was faced with the same job opportunities, I think they would maybe consider," Kim told the Times. "You’re going to get backlash for almost everything, so as long as you like it or believe in it or it’s worth it financially, whatever your decision may be, as long as you’re OK with that.”
Jamil was much quicker to respond and has commented back on those non-responses.
Essentially, “fuck the young, impressionable people, or those struggling with eating disorders, we want the money.” I have been given these same opportunities to flog this stuff, and I don’t do it, so they don’t have to. Thank you, next. ???????? https://t.co/Itv3WC8N9c
On March 31, Jamil retweeted an article Cosmopolitan published about The Times' article and said that the Kardashians just don't care about the effect they have on others.
"Essentially, “f--- the young, impressionable people, or those struggling with eating disorders, we want the money,” she wrote. "I have been given these same opportunities to flog this stuff, and I don’t do it, so they don’t have to. Thank you, next."
Then Jamil posted her tweet on her Instagram to continue the conversation. She said the Kardashians "need to check their moral compasses."
Jamil took a screenshot of her own tweet and posted it to Instagram. She said that the sisters' moral compasses "appear to be broken." In a direct response to Khloé, Jamil wrote that her response "doesn't seem like the greatest excuse." In response to Kim, Jamil had a much shorter comment: "COOOOOOLUH. ????????"
If you expect Jamil to sit and take the Kardashians' responses passively at any point, think again.
Jamil is still on Twitter responding to followers about her comments about the sisters and continuing to make her point. She wrote, "Their pockets are lined with the blood and diarrhea of teenage girls..."
The Kardashians never directly replied to Jamil's comments and basically glossed over the harmful possible side effects of these detox teas and how that kind of influence is harmful to impressionable people, a.k.a. their young followers.