This weekend at VH1′s Divas Salute The Troops concert, Kathy Griffin gave the troops an eyeful in a camo bikini, a machine gun ammo belt, and black lace-up boots. The comedienne is 50 years old, so there’s probably a lot of people who think it’s a great accomplishment she’s got a body to rival Hugh Hefner’s barely-out-of-high-school girlfriends. However, earlier this year at the Grammys, she told TV host Giuliana Rancic how she got her “slammin’” body: “It’s frustration and starvation. I’m cranky all the time and I’m hungry all the time.” (And Rancic replied, “You look good! That’s all that matters!” Facepalm.) While that may be a bit of hyperbole (she is Kathy Griffin after all), I’m inclined to believe a 50-year-old does not have a body like that without there being
some a lot of truth to her statement.Eating (rather, not eating) this way clearly isn’t even about being healthy, because any nutritionist or in-patient anorexia clinic will tell you that “starvation” and being “hungry all the time” are not healthy eating behaviors. But apparently it’s worth it for her so she can pose like Bettie Page or strip down for Divas Salute The Troops? My best friend has dealt with anorexia and exercise bulimia off and on since high school; seeing Griffin show off her bikini body that she admits she literally starved herself to get doesn’t make me want to applaud her — it just makes me sick.
Of course Kathy Griffin’s decision to starve herself and flaunt the fruits of those labors onstage isn’t happening in a vacuum: The problem is with Hollywood and a culture that worships thinness. I would have hoped someone as witty and intelligent as Kathy would be able to rise above that. I know I’m supposed to say, “Doesn’t she look great!” (That is, in fact, what my ex-military roommate said when I asked him to describe her belt to me.) But it just makes me think, “Isn’t this sad?” [Huffington Post]