This evening I got on the internet and on my homepage was an article about how appalled Ashlee Simpson was about the coverage of her sister’s weight gain. Simpson wrote in her blog, “I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News.”
Simpson continued to write, “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.”
Ok let me put the brakes on this.
First of all what does this have to do with the election, Obama, and a renewed attitude in this country? Jessica Simpson packing on some pounds is not equal to putting aside partisan squabbling to help get the country turned around. I didn’t know a nationwide feeling of hope applies to gossip rags. Perhaps I shouldn’t root for one team or another during the Super Bowl this year. I wouldn’t want to be divisive and pick sides.
Beyond the stupidity of that remark is her comment about celebrities being held to a different standard. And you know what, she is right to a point. Are there double standards when discussing the bodies of women in Hollywood? Absolutely there is. For the most part is it fair? Not at all but that is a different discussion for another day. This isn’t a photo spread or commentary about how Kathy Bates, Kate Blanchett, or Jennifer Hudson look, it is about someone that has leaned on their looks and took parts where they were dressed like this the entire time:
Guess what? If you want to lean on your looks and exploit them for monetary gain, jobs, or to get attention you sure has hell should get criticized when your appearance takes a little bit of a decline.
Simpson also followed up her statements with, “Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend? I seriously doubt it.” She is right, I wouldn’t criticize my mom for a weight gain but then again she hasn’t posed in magazines wearing this:
I can see where women would get upset at seeing pictures about a celebrity that has gone from an out of this world body to a normal or around average one and having to read comments about her being “fat”. Personally I sympathize with that argument and understand the larger societal ramifications that it has. But the last thing I am going to do is stand by and see someone that has constantly exploited her looks to move ahead in life become the poster girl for this debate. When she decided to bulk up so she could block for her boyfriend she deserves to be called out on it.
Now excuse me while I go get a cheeseburger.
Am I off base with this? Is it wrong for someone that gets by on their looks to not have to deal with the criticism when things go down hill?