Actor, businessman and SurfJew founder Jonah Hill is under fire for misogyny and controlling behaviour after ex-partner Sarah Brady released screenshots of a series of text messages between the two on the social media platform X.
Hill, renowned for films such as SuperBad and The Wolf of Wall Street, is shown criticising Brady via text for crossing his ‘boundaries’ in their relationship. For example, being pictured in bikinis on her Instagram, having friendships with men and “friendships with women who are in unstable places.”
While most people would agree that Hill’s request to control what Brady posted while in a relationship was unreasonable, Hill’s ‘boundary’ is even more unbelievable as Brady is a professional surfer and is pictured in bikinis while surfing. More screenshots go on to reveal Hill degradingly requested Brady remove her most popular surfing video as he did not want her “ass in a thong” online.
More screenshots go on to reveal Hill degradingly requested Brady remove her most popular surfing video as he did not want her “ass in a thong” online.
Later, Brady and Hill argue over the end of their relationship and Hill “sexting” while entering a new relationship with actress Olivia Millar, which he denies, while Hill simultaneously asks for Brady to “take accountability and operate with respect.”
Hill shot back at Brady after the screenshots were released, claiming that they have caused a “huge triggering violation of trust from a friend,” resulting in “trauma,” remaining firmly behind his wall of therapy-facilitated indignance. Although, Brady has received some criticism online for releasing private messages.
Hill shot back at Brady after the screenshots were released, claiming that they have caused a “huge triggering violation of trust from a friend,” resulting in “trauma”.
Hill previously produced therapy doc Stutz with Netflix, reflecting on his experience with therapy, healing, and an unlikely friendship with his therapist. This makes it even more surprising that ‘gaslight’ ‘triggering’ and ‘victimize’ are terms thrown around liberally by both Hill and Brady via text in a myriad of pseudo-intellectual spats. Hill also criticises Brady’s therapist, saying: “I love how your therapist thinks I suck / I am the best boyfriend” suggesting that his admiration of therapy is not unilateral across the profession. This is particularly ironic considering in his documentary Hill was very direct that “you want your therapist to give you advice,” clearly, he believes this should not extend to the therapist of his partners.
Hill remains in his new relationship with Olivia Millar. “Complete Unrelenting Control” merchandise is now available from his streetwear brand as of 2023. Brady maintains that Hill is emotionally abusive.
Whilst therapy talk could be a valuable tool in helping individuals understand themselves, shouldn’t we extend that self-actualization to others? Further, the case of Hill documents how the pervasive nature of these words can be used for harm. Without empathetic injections into these words that extend to others, a lack of a solid definition, and the sensitive aspects surrounding these words perhaps we need to readjust their usage to not only help ourselves but to breed significant, cooperative, non-accusatory conversations.