Take Down That Dangerous Diet Ad In Times Square

Photo By @Svershbow Twitter.

It is triggering

A new billboard in Times Square advertising Flat Tummy Co. has (rightfully) incurred the ire of the internet, with many calling for it to be removed.

Earlier this week, Random House social media manager Sophie Vershbow posted a photo of the ad, which is prominently placed in the middle of the popular tourist destination and transportation hub. Featuring Flat Tummy Co.'s appetite-suppressing lollipop, alongside the claim that 1.5 million women use its products, the pastel pink ad promotes the company's line of diet aids, which range from teas to meal-replacement shakes. Per Flat Tummy Co., its products detox and cleanse the system and suppress cravings. However, as the goods are not reviewed or regulated by the FDA, there's really no way to know if they are safe. 

The backlash picked up more steam yesterday after Good Place star Jameela Jamil reposted Vershbow's picture on her Twitter and lambasted the ad, as well as its placement in one of the most highly trafficked areas in New York City.

"EVEN TIMES SQUARE IS TELLING WOMEN TO EAT LESS NOW?" Jamil, who previously slammed Kim Kardashian for promoting the same company earlier this year, wrote. "Have we actually gone mad? Why aren’t there any boys in the ad? Why is it fucking PINK? Because you feel men can look however they want? Their goals are to be successful. But ours are to just be smaller? Fuck off." 

And Jamil's right. Aside from the baseline issue of encouraging people to put mysterious substances in their body, the promotion of a company that profits off of the perpetuation of women's insecurities is messed up. As she put it, allowing ads like this to exist in such a prominent place is "daylight robbery and abuse of women’s self worth." It's disappointing that we still continue to be inundated by ads specifically designed to play into our insecurities

Not only that but to place these ads in a place like Times Square is highly irresponsible. As Vershbow pointed out, the ads are quite triggering to those who've struggled (or still struggle) with eating disorders and body dysmorphia. 

However, as one commenter responded to Vershbow, there is something you can do. File a complaint with the FTC, because there's definitely no disclaimers on prominent display.

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Along with

Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]