Kat Dennings speaks out about Billie Eilish getting body shamed


Last month, internet trolls popped off about some paparazzi shots of 18-year-old Billie Eilish in a tank top and shorts. The comments were especially gross because Billie has been quite vocal about her struggles with body image and because it was disturbing to see what was likely grown men mocking a young woman for having a perfect healthy female form. Actress Kat Dennings agreed and she sought to put a stop to that nonsense right away:

Kat is currently promoting her comedy Friendsgiving and she told Entertainment Tonight what she thought about the attack on Billie.

While speaking with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, Dennings elaborated on why she felt the need to speak up for Eilish.

“Any woman in the spotlight is already under a tremendous amount of pressure. I mean, the internet is gross and awful and I hate it,” she said. “But she [is] especially for some reason.”

“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 ever, it’s just gross,” she continued. “People forget themselves because the internet is this wall they can hide behind.”

“I felt personally affronted by it because she’s a beautiful young girl who is making unbelievable, earth-changing art,” Dennings added. “I mentioned in my tweet that I looked exactly like that when I was her age and I had a horrible time. I think things have improved as far as body image for girls and boys and everybody — things are more inclusive now.”

She concluded to ET: “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.”

[From People]

I remember feeling the way Kat did when I saw what was being said about Billie. If she had had figure hugging shorts on, the comments would have been salacious, and lord knows how depraved. But because a large-busted young lady wore a tank top and baggy shorts, she was ripped to shreds. It sends every wrong message. I’ll bet this brought up some painful memories for Kat, just like it did for so many other women. So good for Kat for speaking up and continuing to address this. And good for everyone else who took these creeps to task.

Below is the trailer for Friendsgiving. It looks dumb/silly, which is exactly what I’m looking for these days. I like the cast. I’m a big fan of Kat’s and I love Aisha Tyler. Plus a campy Jane Seymour is always fun. I read somewhere that Chelsea Peretti and Christine Taylor were standouts, which I could totally see – they’re such great support players. It’s out now on streaming.

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  1. Wiglet Watcher says:

    Saying she’s making “earth changing art” is my only issue with this.

    • Mama says:

      She is certainly doing things that no other artist is currently doing and doing it on her own terms. She doesn’t sound like anyone else and that is refreshing and very new.

    • manda says:

      ok maybe that’s hyperbole but I really agree that billie eillish’s work is amazing

      • Kkat says:

        I love Billie’s work, just love it.
        But OMG I also adore Finneas’s work.
        My main playlist for work right now is 10 songs of Finneas, 6 of Billie, 3 Mika, and 6 of Adele 😁🥰
        My happy place

  2. Gutterflower says:

    Kat Dennings is gorgeous and I am loving Two Broke Girls on amazon prime.

    • molly says:

      The writing on that show has aged terribly, but Kat and Beth were both really funny with fantastic chemistry. It’s still one of my background shows.

    • Jennifer LaPorte says:

      Really? I started watching because I love Dennings, but it was so racist and sexist I had to stop.
      It’s too bad because like someone else said, the leads chemistry was really good

    • Betsy says:

      That show was goddawful but I suffered through many episodes because I like Dennings!

  3. Ariel says:

    I am 100% finding and watching that movie.
    Lord knows we need the laughs.

  4. Spicecake38 says:

    I think Billie looks very normal and pretty in that pap photo of her,but I totally hate that she was mocked about her appearance and or what she chose to wear.
    My daughter will be 18 next month and really likes Billie’s music and she just overall sees her as a great example both for her talent and for confronting what is considered the “right size “body for a woman.
    As someone who grew up in the nineties-Baywatch bodies and heroin chic-and I fit neither (because who did),I am proud of our young women telling people to STFU about their physical appearances and accept them for their smarts/accomplishments.