Lili Reinhart won’t apologize for her scathing message to Kim Kardashian. Back in May, the Riverdale actor called out the reality star for seeming to glorify disordered eating after Kardashian outlined how she lost 16 pounds in three weeks in order to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s gown at the 2022 Met Gala.
“So wrong. So fucked on 100s of levels,” Reinhart said on Instagram, without referencing Kardashian by name. “To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word.“
Reinhart continued, “The ignorance is other-worldly and disgusting. Please stop supporting these stupid, harmful celebrities whose entire image revolves around their bodies. I am not generally an angry person but I swear to god, the toxicity of this industry sometimes really gets to me and I have to do my little Instagram-story rants to release my rage.”
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Reinhart addressed the comments. “I definitely go on rants on social media, I’m very guilty of that,” Reinhart said. “I don’t like to just sit idly by, I don’t like to keep my mouth shut. I know people on Twitter hate me. There are articles and everyone is like, ‘God, does this girl ever shut up and stop complaining?’ No, actually, I don’t, because I’ve got a lot to say and no one else really seems to be.”
Reinhart said that disordered eating is an especially important topic to her. “I’ve certainly been to the point where I thought, I need help, that I’m not OK mentally, that I wish I could go somewhere,” she said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the resources are $90,000 retreats in Malibu, and I’m not about to just go sit on a lounge chair and have therapy for five days and be like, ‘Cool! I’m better!’ I wish there were better resources for mental health, and in the sense that people need to be taken more seriously when they’re struggling.”
Also in the interview, the 25-year-old credits Demi Lovato as an inspiration for speaking out about mental health.
“When I was 15, when I was even 12, the only person I heard speaking about their mental health was Demi Lovato, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s so cool and interesting to hear this person who has a television show and hit records and clearly has money and glamour, and yet they’re speaking about bipolar disorder.’ I just thought that was so profound, and I would hope that young men and women today can at least have a couple more examples of that and just see behind the bullshit, because it’s all bullshit.”
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