My morning ritual consist of getting up, making coffee and having a smoke. While I wait for the coffee to brew I usually watch SportsCenter to catch up on scores while I read the news on the web. This morning was a little different, for some reason instead of SportsCenter I decided to watch Good Morning America. Usually I don't pay too much attention to the show but this morning was different. I'm used to the show pushing all of the other shows on ABC, interviewing stars and trying to build up hype. The big show lately is Dancing with the Stars, never saw it almost watched it once just to see Warren Sapp dance. But I digress, back to the point. This morning they had a story about one of the professional dancers from Stars on there. Cheryl Burke it seems put on a couple of pounds during her summer break. And apparently some of my fellow bloggers decided this was perfect fuel for a post. The blogs called her fat, asked whether she was pregnant or just fat. I saw the pictures of Cheryl, not to put to fine a point on it but she's friggin hot. I saw the before pictures of what she looked like last season and the ones from now, she put on some weight but she is far from the whale the blogs make her out to be. This reminded me of the pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt, who is just about as smokin hot as you can get. The pictures of her in a bikini were all over the TV and the web. The picts looked like she had put a little weight on, not tons maybe five or six pounds. She got slammed, just like Cheryl. This got me thinking and maybe it's because I don't feel so good today but I'm gonna put this the only way I know how.

Honestly.

In a country, the USA, were an estimated 31% of the population, that's about 59 million people, are obese which is defined as being 30 or more pounds over healthy weight. And almost 65% are overweight, that's 10 to 30 pounds over a healthy weight. Odds are that some of those numbers are bloggers complaining and pointing fingers at these celebrities. Why is it that we as a country and society, think that these healthy and beautiful women are fat, yet there is absolutely nothing wrong with girls like Nicole Ritchie looking like an extra from a Feed the Children Commercial. Angelina Jolie, as boomin as she is, looks like a strong wind will knock her over or blow her into another county. Nobody says anything about that. Being too skinny is just as unhealthy as being overweight, actually worse in some cases. It probably has to do with the fact that as a whole, we like to revel in others misfortunes and point out the flaws of those not like us. And who is the most unlike us but clelebrities. We forget that these people are no different from the rest of us, they all sit down to shit and if they don't that would be news. They have the same problems as the rest of us weight, family problems, drug and alcohol dependencies and the rest of the issues that go along with being a human. But when one of these guys makes a mistake or has an issue, it's news. The web lights up, the TV shows go nuts and we respond like Pavlov's dogs, drooling at the sound of a bell. I wonder what would happen if for just a minute we showed some empathy to those in the limelight. What would happen if we showed as much compassion as we did in pointing a chubby little finger at those around us? What if we actually paid attention to the things that really mattered in the world like the environment, the economy, voting for elected officials that actually give a crap about us or how about just getting along with our fellow man? The world would probably be a better place but it is not likely to change. The paparazzi will continue to get rich for being scumbags but it's not their fault. It's simple economics, supply and demand. We demand the pictures and the dirt and they are just there to fill the supply. Remember before you peck away with your pudgy little fingers to post a comment about a celebrity with an issue, the odds are against you being a wafer thin supermodel. So keep an eye out for the fat fingers pointing back at you.

2 comments

  1. Stephanie Barr // October 9, 2008 at 8:46 PM  

    My daughter is 14. I so hear you. She's wears a freaking size 3 and is terrified of becoming fat.

    I can think of some skinny butts I wouldn't mind kicking.

    Life's hard enough without feeling bad about yourself when you look just damn fine.

  2. Hansgonsolo // October 10, 2008 at 7:18 AM  

    Thank you thought I was in the minority here, there's enough things to worry about without having to worry about your body image especially when it's fine