Thursday, February 25, 2010

bad boy!

Really, really, really stupid column in Chicago Sun-Times by Laura Washington about Kevin Smith situation (thanks, Martha-baby, for the link).

"He needs to lay off the tweeting and put that energy into reducing his girth. There's nothing funny about America's obesity epidemic." Now you go upstairs and you think about what you've done!

One peril of our country's unwillingness to intelligently address issues of size is, well, unintelligence. In print. Over and over. Among the other problems with this dumb-ass column is that the writing is terribly superficial.


From E!Online, about Kelly Osbourne's interview in US:

"...this is what Miss Kelly O. has to say about battling her weight vs. the painkiller addiction that sent her to rehab a few times: I took more hell for being fat than I did for being an absolute raging drug addict."

I'm struck by:
1) E! creating the parallel between "weight" and "painkiller addiction" as beasts to be slayed. (It never sounds right to me to say "battling her weight"--if one's weight were "beaten," we wouldn't exist.)
2) What she said.
3) The curse of having a face that doesn't pass as thin. I'm not sure that she was ever fat, exactly, but she's certainly thin enough now to 'prove' to people that her face is naturally bigger. Keep them off her back. That kind of thin.