Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jennifer Love Hewitt: Oh, the Hypocrisy

This is Jennifer Love Hewitt on the cover of Us Weekly, talking about her 18-pound weight loss. But let's rewind for a sec. Remember back in December when she was sooo fired up about how the tabloids were calling her "fat" because people, a SIZE TWO is not fat? At the time I took issue with her insistence on broadcasting her size, but otherwise her quote was pretty positive: "To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image...A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn't make you beautiful."

So if she was a size 2 in December and then she lost eighteen pounds, I wonder what size she is now? I'm guessing that number is revealed in the article along with her her "exact diet plan," but I just can't bring myself to read it. It's depressing, quite frankly.

Look, the girl is allowed to lose weight. That's her choice. And I do sympathize with the intense appearance-related pressures that actresses face. But anyone who gets up on a soapbox to talk about how beauty isn't about being a size 0 and then turns around and sells her weight loss story to a tabloid also loses more than a few sizes of credibility in my book.


Veronica said...


I saw that headline on Yahoo last night while I was procrastinating on my writing yet again...anywho, I saw it and died a little inside. Here I thought she was going to be a role model for healthy bodies. Instead she buckled under the pressure and then sold her story. I think she buckled, I really do. Love, call me...we'll talk.

Kathy with a K said...

A couple of things;
I understand her wanting to encourage girls to have a good body image; as well as wanting to lose some weight herself.
Her weight loss may or may not have had anything to do with the ridiculous attention her body (and all public-eye bodies) has received.
Second; an honest question 'cause I don't know the answer to this. How do we know that she sold her story? just curious.
Just really glad the papparazzi aren't following me with a zoom lens.

T.S.T. said...

Very disappointing: that was my reaction when I spotted this cover. Yet I do understand the dual forces that can pull in opposing directions, viz. wanting to respond to weight criticism with righteous indignation . . . and then wanting to "fix" oneself anyway.

It's a like a twist on the hackneyed old folk prayer about God granting patience but doing it tomorrow. "God, make the public appreciate non-emaciated bodies . . . just don't let that be mine."