There’s just something so delightfully refreshing about celebrities speaking directly to their fans. This week Scarlett Johansson bypassed her press rep and wrote a blog for Huffington Post addressing the lies tabloids printed about her “dramatic weight loss” for her role as Black Widow in The Avengers.
While she confesses to working out harder than usual to prepare for the movie, she completely denies her alleged crash diet that supposedly resulted in her losing 14 pounds.
Claims have been made that I’ve been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I’ve never met, eating sprouted grains I can’t pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5’3″ frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot. I’m frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.
Yes, losing 14 pounds on a petite 5’3 frame is utter lunacy and I do believe ScarJo when she says that those claims aren’t true. So that leads me to start wondering where the tabloids came up with the number 14. Is that just high enough to sound drastic, but just low enough to sound believeable?
No one would buy a magazine that claimed ScarJo lost 5 pounds, because that’s simply unimpressive. We could all lose 5 pounds if we didn’t eat for a day and dropped all our water weight. But claiming ScarJo lost something like 50 pounds would just sound like a lie — and therefore push the magazine into National Enquirer territory. So I suppose 14 is the magic number. It sounds attainable for the average American who also wants to resemble a superhero.
ScarJo goes on to say
that while she usually ignores these stories, she couldn’t stop thinking about this particular crash diet rumor.
I would be absolutely mortified to discover that some 15-year-old girl in Kansas City read one of these “articles” and decided she wasn’t going to eat for a couple of weeks so she too could “crash diet” and look like Scarlett Johansson.
While it’s definitely admirable that she cares about her young, impressionable fans, the problem’s so much bigger than one celebrity rebuttal. The entire tabloid industry would have to change before fans stop being influenced by these ridicululous headlines.
And celebrities have to do their part too and admit the truth about how they stay in shape. No more “I just eat healthy and exercise” BS. I want them to admit that eating healthy usually means professionally prepared meals that are nutrious and delicious. Oh and exercise usually requires a trainer (or two or three) to professionally sculpt the body. So it’s a lot more than eating healthy and jumping on the treadmill.
Maybe a few more celebs can develop ScarJo’s concern for their fans and come clean with the truth about their diet, weight and exercise routine. Until then, let’s rest assured that ScarJo still has all her limbs.