Back in October, Billie Eilish faced the ire of trolls and body shamers after photos of her walking around Los Angeles in a tank top and shorts were published. 18-year-old Eilish, who usually favors clothes that conceal her body, drew negative comments, because, I don’t know. People are really weird and cruel when it comes to young women and their clothing choices.
Kat Dennings knows how it feels like to be body-shamed. So it was no surprise that she stepped in to support Eilish. Dennings tweeted in defense of Eilish, saying, “Anyone reacting to @billieeilish having a normal body has to take a hard look at themselves. As someone who looked exactly like that at her age, it’d be nice for this unhealthy nonsense to fuck right off. She’s beautiful and normal goodbye!”
Anyone reacting to @billieeilish having a normal body has to take a hard look at themselves. As someone who looked exactly like that at her age, it’d be nice for this unhealthy nonsense to fuck right off. She’s beautiful and normal goodbye!
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) October 14, 2020
Dennings also spoke to Entertainment Tonight about Eilish and her own experience with body shaming while promoting her new film, Friendsgiving.
“Any woman in the spotlight is already under a tremendous amount of pressure and the internet is gross and awful and I hate it,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s because she’s so young and it just feels so inappropriate for anyone to comment on any young person’s body. People forget themselves because the internet is this wall they can hide behind.”
“I felt personally affronted by it because she’s a beautifully young girl who is making unbelievable, earth-changing art,” Dennings, 34, continued. “I mentioned in my tweet that I looked exactly like that when I was her age and I had a horrible time. Things have improved as far as body image for girls and boys and everybody — things are more inclusive now. But when I was growing up it was not like that. I hope people know that people are in their corner and that [body-shaming] is not okay.”