She continued, “How about we try not commenting on people’s bodies good or bad if they aren’t asking? If someone posts a thirty shot & asks, ‘do I look hot,’ hey – go for it. But it’s grotesque to comment on someone’s body when they simply post a picture of themselves EXISTING.”
The original poster, Chelsea Fargan, responded to the Dollhouse star, writing, “Hi, Erin. In this tweet you’re quoting, I’m saying that it’s cruel and unfair for people to mock and shame him for conforming his body to an aesthetic that his career (and, likely, fame more generally) demanded of him.” She also noted, “I’m not seeing how you got here from what I said,” prompting further responses from Cummings.
This isn’t the first time Kumail’s physique has been topic of conversation. The actor himself has opened about feeling body dysmorphia from his drastic change and lifestyle shift.
“I don’t want to discount people who genuinely have debilitating body issues,” he told Men’s Health in March 2020. “I don’t have that. But I did start getting some body dysmorphia. I’d look in the mirror and I’d see my abs—and when I looked again, they would fade. I would just see the flaws.”
He later revealed “when I saw that reaction (to the photos) was when I was like, ‘Okay, I clearly don’t see what’s actually there.” And admitted, “It’s something that I’m trying to be aware of and be better at, because that’s not a good way to be. You want to be easy on yourself.”