Last year Kumail Nanjiani bulked up to prepare for his role as Kingo in Marvel’s upcoming film Eternals. He showed off his jacked bod on the socials, was briefly the face of PornHub’s “Muscular Men” category, and graced the cover of Men’s Health. He also talked about how his transformation triggered body dysmorphia. Well, if Kumail was struggling with body issues then, his last few days must’ve been hell, cuz the Internet attacked him the moment he posted the above picture to Instagram. Twitterers made fun of his muscles and jawline and accused him of abusing steroids.
Here’s Kumail’s Instagram post, which was just supposed to be about spending the holidays with Emily V. Gordon, his wife and co-writer of The Big Sick:
Here are a couple of examples of the tweets making fun of Kumail:
dude they pumped him so full of like space marine serum i know theyve done it to every schlubby man they cast but theyre really testing the limits with kumail
— 2021 Year of the Frog (@nibiru_TRUTH) January 3, 2021
how tf do you make your jaw swole pic.twitter.com/2RvcVfLTtN
— skáld (@HoratioSkald) January 3, 2021
A bunch of people raced to Kumail’s defense, criticizing his haters for racism and body shaming. They questioned why nobody ever attacks other white Marvel actors like Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth for getting jacked or allegedly using ‘roids:
Body shaming Kumail Nanjiani for…being jacked? Is way weird. Especially since all the Chris’ have done the same super-soldier program and never got any flack for it. I wonder what the difference is? pic.twitter.com/NIeUf3DwAb
— Jake Low (@JacobYLow) January 3, 2021
For real. White guy after white guy has done extreme things to their bodies for superhero roles. No one said a thing about it, other than praise.
— Ayzee, GISH Goblin & Wayward AF (@HalflingDancer) January 3, 2021
Film twitter suddenly decided to be mean to Kumail Nanjiani, I guess? Who got buff for Eternals like a year and a half ago already? pic.twitter.com/fwTDSW4nIO
— Mattie (@panickypictures) January 3, 2021
I was going to eat right, exercise and get in the best shape of my life with a low-key likable determination, but now that see the reaction to Kumail, I’m not gonna anymore. What a loser
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 4, 2021
I don’t know shit all about steroids, except for the fact they make you super angry and shrink your testicles (according to a video they showed us in ninth grade Health class). Kumail has yet to comment on any of this. And, sure, he’s slowly Animorphing into Sly Stallone, but isn’t that the goal when you become an action star? However he did it, Kumail joins Adele in the “people came for me when I transformed my body“ club.