Thursday, October 15, 2009

Get Over Weight, Already!

Why won't everyone just leave these poor girls alone?

America, one of the most obese nations in the world, continues to act skinnier-than-thou, making adolescent fun of female celebrities and their weight.

I've written about it before.

Off the top of my head, everyone from little Miley Cyrus to Jennifer Love Hewitt has been poked fun at, for daring to nudge a few pounds upward.

Yeah, like how many of us haven't?

The latest victim is Jessica Simpson, whose slight increase in poundage has become fodder for an animated ad developed by FOX Sports promoting Burger King, that takes place in the Dallas Cowboys' locker room.

Simpson once famously dated Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Some excerpts from the ad:

"Man I still can't believe Tony dated Jessica Simpson, even AFTER she blew up bigger than Flozell Adams!" the animated Marion Barber said in the sketch, in reference to his teammate and Jessica's ex Tony Romo. (Adams is an offensive tackle for Dallas.)

"Unlike Tony, at least Jessica comes up big when it counts!" Jason Whitten's cartoon added.

Then Romo comes in. 'Guys, I'm standing right here."

"Sorry Tony," coach Wade Phillips said. "Say Tony, is Jessica around? We could use a defensive tackle!"

Hardy-har-har.

And don't forget that disgusting billboard in Florida---in an ad for PETA, which compared overweight women in swimsuits to whales on the beach.


The not-too-fat Jessica Simpson


FOX issued the standard apology companies issue after their hands have been caught in the cookie jar.

A rep for FOX said, "Burger King Corp. did not have any editorial input in the creation of the animation that ran last Sunday, and no one from Burger King Corp. approved it before it aired. Upon reflection, our poor attempt at humor was insensitive and we deeply apologize to anyone who might have been offended."

Burger King adds: "Burger King Corp. has a long-standing relationship with FOX Sports, as well as an extensive media partnership with the network. The specific content for this sketch involving Jessica Simpson was not developed or aired by BKC or any of its agencies."

So there.

It's strange to me that in a country FULL of, well, full people, that we continue to mock those in the limelight for putting on a few pounds.

Who do we think we are, anyway?

Well, let's call it for what it is: the people being mocked are almost always female. Another sad commentary.

I thought we were past the obsession with thin-as-rail supermodels who are nowhere near representative of the fuller-bodied, wholesome women that populate this country.

But if the scales tip a tad, the fat jokes come out---and often from men whose own waistline could use shrinking.

I'm so proud of Miley and Hewitt, who have publicly lambasted this ridiculous standard and have stated their self-pride over their bodies. Others have joined in.

No word yet from Jessica Simpson on this cheap shot from FOX.

Fitting that a cartoon was the villain in the ad, because that's what the adolescent-brained critics have turned into.

I've never been much for the skinny-mini girls, anyway. Give me a gal who likes her food---because Lord knows that I do.

1 comment:

As you will...