Well, it might be the middle of the winter, but my blood is boiling. With all that could be discussed in the aftermath of the Grammys, Fox News decided to dedicate four and a half minutes to discussing Kelly Clarkson and Adele’s weight.
Neil Cavuto interviewed nutritionist Keren Gilbert on Your World about the flack that Adele and Kelly have been getting for their weight. And Keren agreed! She stood on her little soap box and talked about how these women need to lose weight!
Keren says she’s impressed at the discipline Kelly and Adele show with respect to their careers, insinuating that the same discipline should be given to their figures. I think my favorite quote is when Keren says we’re “a nation filled with excuses.”
Oh holy moly cannoli, hold me back.
I have to hand it to Neil. He does a good job of challenging Keren on a few things, namely whether she herself is too skinny (she obnoxiously, proudly agrees that she is very thin) and whether people could be overweight by our standards but still healthy.
Ostensibly Keren is worried about these women’s health. But my biggest problem (and forgive me for using the term “big” – I will put my vocabulary on a diet post haste) is the way we are so quick to boil a woman down to her size. This is only the most recent episode in an epidemic of objectifying women and shaming them for their size.
THESE ARE SUCH AMAZING AND INSPIRING AND TALENTED WOMEN!
Karen talks about these women being role models and all I can think is, so what if Kelly Clarkson isn’t ready to be on the cover of Self Magazine? She has given young women so much more to hang their hats on than a visible rib cage.
She’s given them songs to make them feel better when a boy hurts their feelings. She’s given them lyrics to sing when they are having a tough time. She’s given them words to bolster them when a-holes like Keren Gilbert tell them that they aren’t good enough and they need to change to fit some societal norm!
Isn’t that enough? Can’t we just ask that of Adele and Kelly? That they keep being the strong, beautiful, talented, inspiring women they currently are? That they continue to show young girls that you can be successful even if you don’t look like the skinny women who grace the pages of magazines? That who you are isn’t what you look like on the outside?
We’ve got the judging women for their weight thing covered. I say we start focusing on fixing it.
In the words of the formidable Kelly Clarkson:
You tried to break me, but you see
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Keep going ladies. And thank you for being you. Nothing more, nothing less.