Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The one in which I am an angry bitch

Dear Spike TV/Nick Coles;

Seriously? You allowed this knob of a writer to completely bash incredible women on your site, while slowly backing away with the "this article does not represent Spike TV or its affiliates" mumbo-jumbo. The fact that you knew enough to include that little gem, shows how much you knew the article was wrong, degrating, and inappropriate.

Sara Ramirez, Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayak, America Ferrera, Mandy Moore, Liv Tyler, and Tyra Banks are not "the Top 7 Butterbodies" Nick Coles asserts them to be. He says these women have an obligation to be stick thin, no matter how unhealthy that actually can be, and that by parading any of them as "curvy" we're giving women an "excuse to be fat". Fuck you. Excuse my language, but I would like to smack Mr. Coles upside the head.

These women are under enough pressure from the media and society as a whole, being the celebrities that they are, they don't need to hear it from you. I wouldn't even consider any of them "fat", but I guess that's just me. These women may have the means for personal trainers, but it doesn't mean they have the time. Filming TV shows, movies, making appearances, going on press tours, it's not easy work. It means long days. You know how some days you are exhausted and want to head home and spend some time either relaxing or with your family? Yeah, they probably do the same.

The fact that you even equate celebrity with the need to be stick thin disgusts me. When celebrities do give in to the Hollywood need-to-be-thin thing, the media turns on them and suggests eating disorders, calls them skeletons and demeans them yet again. It's jerks like Mr. Coles who spawn these issues with body image and eating disorders -- Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth and Calista Flockhart are all good examples. Not to mention the fact that holding celebrities to these impossible standards has an effect on young girls' body image as well.

But do women lash out about the men in Hollywood and the male celebrities who clearly let their bodies go? How much backlash did Joaquin Phoenix, Jack Nicholson, Jack Boy George, or even Jared Leto receive when they were not "celebrity thin". If you truly believe that "celebrities are not like normal people" and "its their job to look fit and hot", what excuse do you give for the men? Why don't you feature them in your article? Have you seen Phoenix lately?

Quite frankly, I feel sorry for any women in your life who suffer the ridiculous standards you hold them to.

Love, Me
xoxo

18 comments:

Ashley D said...

This makes me so angry! Who does this guy think he is saying these women are fat??? They are all gorgeous. This is what is wrong with our society. Seriously, it makes me sick.

Sarah said...

Wow. That sounds like an utterly repellant article written by a sorry excuse for a human being.
Few things get me fuming faster than someone so blatantly contributing and buying into the idea that women should constantly punish themselves to fit a ridiculous and unrealistic standard of beauty.

Elle Bee said...

Me too, obviously. Sigh.

Mel said...

WOAH! That guy is nutters! All those women look fantastic!

The Loss Adjuster said...

Oh, my, what a disgusting asshole. All of those women are beautiful and talented and, gasp, not fat in any way. Reminds me a bit of the current situation engulfing singer Amanda Palmer. She's trying to get out of her record deal right now because her label wanted to edit her last video because she's "too fat" in it. Friggin' ridiculous!

Elle Bee said...

I remember watching something with Jann Arden with the same sort of situation, where they said she was "too fat" for music videos. Gah. These people are insanely talented and the world loses out when people get all consumed by superficial things. I realize that beauty sells, but seriously? It's gross.

The Loss Adjuster said...

@elle_bee I don't ever recall buying a product because the artist was sexy. Then again, I'm a freak. I can't possibly be the target audience.

Kaye Bee said...

Wow.... good post! :)

Hillary said...

hells yes!
your letter deserves a fist pump.

Carmen said...

Amen!

laurwilk said...

Amen! And my biggest problem with things like this - NONE of those women actually are all that curvy. What do they wear - a size 6? Yes, they may have a chest and a bit of a butt but they are still small women. Now not only do we have to live up to stick thin women but now if we DO have boobs then we have to be completely tiny everywhere else. It's that whole 36-24-36 bologna.

Sorry i had my own little rant on your rant. Whoops!

sleepyjane said...

I just read that "article" and the comments and I totally agree with you.
Men like that shouldn't be allowed to date AT ALL.

The women are beautiful, and I only wish I looked like them!!

Kyla Bea said...

I love that the comments on that post are all equally as enraged. They're SUCH morons.

It's insulting to their reader base that they think guys want to read that crap.

brookem said...

ugh, that's just frustratingly wrong. it's downright disgraceful, actually. and sad.

Femin Susan said...

Hi....
How awesome! Thanks for sharing!

AP said...

uh, you nailed it. thanks for being so articulate and fabulous, i would have just yelled and sounded ridiculous. too fabulous. x

sarahbelledotcom said...

Ew, I smack Nick Coles upside the head too.

Disgusting.

Barefoot Blogger said...

What an ass. Amen to you, sister. And to the rest of us that show that prove that Skeletor is not a hot look.