Jonah Hill offers a powerful message to those dealing with bodily insecurities and the true nature of male beauty standards following a hit-piece article by the Daily Mail, which captured Jonah surfing in Malibu. Describing him as wearing a “clinging black wetsuit” with a “sprawl of tattoos as he went shirtless,” it’s clear what kind of intent this rubbish had.
From the moment he wanted to buy a pair of glittery silver boots in the 40-Year-Old Virgin, Jonah Hill has been making audiences smile with his acting chops and comedic prowess. Delighting us in Superbad, Knocked Up, and pretty much anything else Judd Apatow has released, Jonah has held a podium position among some of the funniest and most talented individuals in the movie business. Though he has gone on to significant Hollywood success in incredible films like Money Ball and The Wolf of Wall Street, it appears Hill is still unable to rid himself of intrusive paparazzi photos.
Openly struggling with his weight for years now, a Daily Mail piece revealed paparazzi photos of the 37-year-old actor changing out of his wetsuit into a sweatshirt. If you’ve ever been the kid swimming in a T-shirt or rashie, you know exactly how it feels to be singled out and ridiculed. However, rather than let the Murdoch rag sheet bullies win, Jonah took to Instagram to share his support for body positivity.
Admitting in his post that he never took his shirt off in front of friends and family until he was in his mid-30s, Jonah is no stranger to “childhood insecurities“. Suggesting he would have been more comfortable with his body had his vulnerabilities not been “exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by press and interviewers,” Jonah declared his defiance in the face of ridicule.
“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. 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 shirt off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love.”
Directed not just at us blokes, but all individuals. For anyone who has had to deal with body dysmorphia or any kind of bodily insecurity, take note of Jonah’s struggle. The more we open up and communicate with each other about our individual efforts and anxieties, the more we can normalise the array of body types across the human race.
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