Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani’s physical transformation in preparation for an upcoming Marvel film has led to memes, accusations of steroid usage, and body-shaming, New York Post reports. Some have categorized criticisms of the screenwriter’s physical appearance as racist.
Nanjiani, 42, announced his involvement in Marvel's film Eternals on Instagram in December and said he wanted to "transform" his body for the role.
"I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before," Nanjiani wrote. "It would have been impossible without these resources and time."
Actress Mindy Kaling sarcastically tweeted that she was going to "get in the best shape" of her life but changed her mind after seeing reactions to Nanjiani's physical transformation.
One individual tweeted that white actors transform their appearance for films all the time and are usually met with praise, but when Nanjiani does it, he's called "grotesque." Another added that critical reactions toward Nanjiani are racist.
Many came to the actor's defense and showed pictures of other individuals who grew just as muscular without using steroids.
One user tweeted, "Kumail nanjiani getting bullied for being ripped????? what is it cause he’s not blonde? and his name isn’t chris?" And others tweeted they would continue defending the actor.
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