Another day, another Kardashian in the news. Kim Kardashian is being raked through the coals for an Instagram post that she posted early today. The post featured the reality tv start sucking on a Flat Tummy Co.’s appetite suppressant lollipop with the caption, “#ad You guys… @flatummyco just dropped a new product. They’re Appetite Suppressant Lollipops and they’re literally unreal. They’re giving the first 500 people on their website 15% OFF so it you want to get your hands on some…you need to do it quick! #suckit”Needless to say, the world at large was not impressed. Kardashian currently has about 111 million followers on her Instagram account and many of them expressed their displeasure with the star. People made comments that called Kardashian “vile”, “irresponsible”, and “toxic”.
One of those most outspoken critics of the post was “The Good Place” actress, Jameela Jamil. She tweeted, “You terrible and toxic influence on young girls. MAYBE don’t take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than ‘I had a flat stomach.’
The actress also tweeted in celebration when the post was removed. There is some confusion over whether Kardashian took it down or it was reported as a violation of Instagram’s policies. Jamil posted a tweet that showed a clip of Meryl Streep clapping at cheering at an awards show with the caption, “Kim took the tweet down. Well done twitter people. Bravo.” The post, however, appears to be back up.
The tweet not only angered some people but also raised some eyebrows. The lollipops have no scientific evidence to back up the claims of weight loss. There has been only one active study done of the lollipop’s main active ingredient. The study was performed in 2010 by a French researcher at a low-profile pharmaceutical company on the outskirts of Toulouse. The active ingredient is satiereal, a saffron extract that is sold as a supplement in some wellness stores that has no actual proof of living up to the claims that Kardashian made on her post. Satiereal supposedly activates a neurotransmitter that combats the urge to overeat but there is no actual scientific evidence to back up that claim.
The posted was taken down but now appears to be back at the comments are still overwhelmingly negative. People are continuing to blast her for her tone deaf message. There has been rumors that the post was taken down twice and then it reappeared. People thought that maybe she had heard their pleas and removed it out of respect but turns out that wasn’t the case. The post currently has 1,308,451 likes.