‘Jessica Simpson is fat’ meme destroyed by sister Ashlee

January 28, 2009 by  

Yesterday, Fox News ran a breaking entertainment story about Jessica Simpson’s weight, which quickly ran wild among other media outlets. It seems that Simpson didn’t fit the (anonymous) author’s ideal fitness level, and the article was pure hit job – not just against Simpson, but essentially against every woman on the planet.

But instead of focusing on Fox’s faux story (which you could read here if you wish), let’s focus on the response from Jessica Simpson’s sister, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz:

“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. …

All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard. …

Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend? I seriously doubt it. How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure? Now we can focus on the things that really matter.”

Amen, Ashlee.

–WKW

Comments

5 Responses to “‘Jessica Simpson is fat’ meme destroyed by sister Ashlee”

  1. Steve M. on January 28th, 2009 12:34 pm

    This is fat????

    Good grief.

  2. dgun on January 28th, 2009 5:35 pm

    Did Ashlee Simpson actually say this, or was she lip-synching ?

  3. William K. Wolfrum on January 28th, 2009 5:40 pm

    I knew you couldn’t resist that one, Dgun. Mark me down for an assist.

  4. dgun on January 29th, 2009 1:25 am

    You set ‘em up and I’ll knock ‘em down. lol.

    I was born to late. I could have been a vaudeville star.

  5. s on January 29th, 2009 6:18 am

    In principle I agree of course with what she (and you) say about body image/women/media etc.

    But at the same time, this rant is coming a person who lost massive amounts of weight and had plastic surgery due to her aspirations as a pop star (the same media who thinks her sister is fat did not like her nose and thought she was fat then… surprise), then denied having the nose job for some years -all while lecturing teens to be happy with what they look like-, then ultimately ‘admitting’ the surgery.
    The hypocrisy, quite staggering in my opinion.

    It is, indeed, not the point whether or not she had surgery. Her issue, her money, her solution. But why lie? So it’s just ‘other’ people who should be content with their bodies and feel warm and fuzzy because she, the star, is telling them not to be affected by the media and their “unrealistic image” of beauty? And yet… she herself is actively pursuing through radical means to fit into this image, thus enabling the media to tell us all what we should look like, because hey look, they DO exist (preferably using her as an example).

    Also, in the blurb she says an “environment where size 2 is criticized” is bad. Um, how about ANY size. So it’s ok to have an environment where, say, a size 8 is considered fat? Awesome, so that’s only 80% of the population then, rather than 95%.
    So she doesn’t really have a problem with fat-shaming, just let’s all set the bar high enough that her sister does not fall under that category? Laughable.

    I do believe she meant well for her sister, but mostly, her rant makes it seem like her head is so far up her own ass, she does not even realize how self-righteous and sanctimonious her comment sounds.

    I think something that easily comes up in this issue is almost like victim-shaming: this idea that she (Jessica) is in that industry, made exercise videos expressly to let people ‘get her body’, etc., so she brought this upon herself and is now fair game to humiliate if she gains 3 pounds. Very tempting idea.

    But the real problem underneath it is that it is so very difficult for women to get into that industry without making it all about their body/looks/face/whatever. And then we blame them for doing it. I think that would have been a much more compelling argument for the younger Simpson to make, seeing the role she herself plays in this industry.

    Sorry about the long comment, btw.

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