Thursday, December 6, 2007
If She's Fat Then Where Does that Leave the Rest of Us?
I read about this a few days ago and while I usually don't comment on society's stupidities, this one begs for it. I don't have strong feelings about Jennifer Love Hewitt one way or another. I've watched Ghost Whisperer, have done my fair share of criticizing the actress photos in my In Style magazine - stuff like "what was she thinking wearing ruffles???( - usually as pertains to Reese Witherspoon), but I never have understood why it's necessary to sink to this level.
In case you aren't in the know:
Jennifer Love Hewitt was photographed in a bikini by some paparazzi on a beach in Hawaii. She was celebrating her engagement to Ross McCall with some friends in a private party. The photographs were then posted on the internet with some rude and snarky comments like:
"We know what you ate this summer, Love — everything!"
"It's actually Hollywood star Jennifer Love Hewitt, waddling around Hawaii this week with her hunky boyfriend ... Jennifer realized all that swimming was wasting valuable ice cream eating time."
"What the hell are those ghosts whispering to her? That cake fights cancer?"
Jennifer fought back by posting this comment on her blog:
'I've sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women's bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn't make you beautiful.... And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong.'
This is where I came into the picture. I saw a link to her blog and clicked over and read it, found the pictures in question, and marveled at how good she looks. Seriously, if someone had taken a picture of my ass from that angle, well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty. Yeah, I'm 20 years older than her. But still even 20 years ago my ass didn't look that good.
And can someone explain this obsession we have as a society to make our girls like Barbie clones? Isn't there some statistic that shows only 2% of the women in today's population can look like Sports Illustrated bikini girls? Wow. What in the hell do the rest of us do?
So, Jennifer you go ahead and kick up a fuss. It's justified. Then you go home and put on your pretty dress and carry on. The rest of us will get on the scale, then stand in the shower and sob - because we haven't seen size 2 since 7th grade.