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Jameela Jamil Shares Why It's So Important to Her to Stand up Against Detox Teas

The Good Place actress is using her platform to "willfully educate" people.

By Jenny Berg

Jameela Jamil really, really wishes that celebrities would stop using their platforms to push so-called "detox teas." The Good Place actress recently called out Cardi B for doing just that, writing: "GOD I hope all these celebrities all s--t their pants in public, the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do." Later, she posted a send-up of an influencer promoting one of the teas, gushing from her seat on the toilet: "Hi, guys, I've been here for like three days, but I'm still feeling amazing." 

So, why is it so important to Jamil to put a wrench in this detox-tea promotion, and to not back down from controversy in general? Speaking to Us Weekly, the actress said, "I think a lot of people in the public don’t speak out about things that they could well use their platform to speak out with. They’re afraid of sticking their neck out because if you do, your head gets chopped off." 

"What I’m trying to be is someone in the public eye who’s owning up to my mistakes, owning up to my ignorance and willfully educating, showing people that I’m educating myself and educating them alongside me," said Jamil, who's also been open about the fact that she tried laxatives as a teenager, which had harmful effects. "I try to involve and engage other people with my journey so that we can all grow together. Rather than coming at it with an ego."

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