• Thu, Sep 16 2010

Was Jezebel’s Knee-Jerk Reaction To Blisstree’s Overweight Celebrity List Uncalled For?

Our sister site Blisstree.com this week wrote a piece entitled “10 Overweight Celebrities We Don’t Want to Look Like.” While the title may have been a little flippant, we wonder if Jezebel’s Sadie Stein read beyond it as the message of Blisstree’s article was far from Mean Girls. Instead Blisstree (which is a health and nutrition site) was pointing out the myriad health problems that come with being obese, including, you know, dying. And its way more common in America than the size-0 celebrities that gossip blogs mock and point to as poor role models.

Jezebel’s argument is just factually incorrect in their sarcasm:

We’re glad to see something counteracting the irresponsible barrage of media urging us to try to look like Jonah Hill and Rosie O’Donnell. Really, it was getting exhausting, all those “how to get a Zach Galifianakis beach body” stories.

Except that’s exactly what we’re seeing these days: The rise of chunky hunks like Seth Rogen, the idea that plus-sized models are beautiful and deserve their own fashion shows (which they 100 percent do). We no longer celebrate the anorexic — at least we pretend not to — and instead celebrate people of larger frame in TV and movies.

But considering that obesity is a bigger epidemic in this country than anorexia or other eating disorders, the fact that a website can’t touch the issue of “unhealthy large celebrities” without being attacked by pitchforks and torches is ridiculous. What, we can go after the Olsens for being too skinny, we can discuss whether skinny photos should having warning labels, but touching the sacred ground of Jonah Hill’s weight is somehow more mean-spirited? Please.

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  • Aldera

    Since the title of the article was about who not to “Look like” that immediately puts the article squarely in the arena of vanity, not health even if on a health based site. The title is more than ‘flippant’, it is just plain mean. If an article wants to point out the health issues with obesity, don’t bury it in an article about appearances.

  • hello

    Since when is having a variety of shapes that reflect the reality of things ‘celebrating’?
    Let’s not look at anyone who isn’t perfect? Deny them jobs?

    If someone is naturally skinny I don’t think anyone would begrudge them. What’s wrong is the fixation on one shape and pressuring everybody to shoehorn into it.

    If there were a bunch of actors gaining weight because the industry was tending to hire only people that looked like Oliver Hardy then yes, that would be wrong. And if regular people started feeling pressured into taking weight gain supplements to emulate the look then yes, that would be wrong, too.

  • Chupachupa

    Blisstree might be one of the most useless websites around. Health and fitness? Ahahahaha!! Good one. There is not one singular original thought in the whole site, number one, and secondly, this is not the only fat-shaming piece available. Try, try again.

  • Amanda

    Have you seen Seth Rogen lately? How about you try fact-checking and *then* posting.

  • Betty

    Was Crushable’s tacky use of a preposition at the end of a sentence uncalled for? This is some transparent PR recon. You wish you had half the credibility of Jezebel. You should probably kill the website now to save some money.