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Busy Phillips: Body Image Is “The Last Frontier Of Feminism”

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“I was asked to lose weight by a network for a TV pilot. The conversation happens because you get a job and your agent or manager calls and they say, ‘They are so excited about you. They just think there is no one better for this part and they want you to look and feel your best — they really feel that that could include losing 15 or 20 pounds’. … I feel like it’s the last frontier of feminism — the weight thing with women — even for myself. I identify as a feminist. I have so many feminist beliefs — and then I’m so mean to myself about my body sometimes. Or I can be judgmental about other people for their bodies, and I don’t know how to get over it.”

The attitudes Busy Phillips from “Cougar Town” espouses on “The Conversation” about feminism and her body sound a lot like mine. Even being a feminist who realizes there’s an entire corporate culture dedicated to profitting off me feeling bad about my body, it’s a struggle not to be mean sometimes. Obviously it’s that much harder for actresses in the public eye. It would be hard not to be, when a TV network had the gall to ask her to lose 20 pounds under the guise of wanting her to “look and feel” her best. Uh huh. Right. [The Conversation TV via Women & Hollywood] [Photo: Splash News]

Star Couplings: Ellen & Portia Set To Wed

  • Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are getting married this weekend! Congrats ladies! [Us Weekly]
  • Miley Cyrus is dating Adam Sevani, from Step Up 2. I still need to see Step Up 1. [Perez Hilton]
  • Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee confuse me — one minute they’re living together and in love, and the next he’s hooking up with Oscar de la Hoya’s niece. Ugh. [DListed]
  • Busy Phillips named her newborn daughter “Birdie”. You know, I think that’s cute. It’s like pre-nicknaming your kid. [Us Weekly]
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    Star Couplings: Doesn’t Anyone Find Owen Wilson Unattractive?

  • Seriously, we envisioned this rumor before it even appeared — “sparks are flying between Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston on the set of Marley & Me.” Do sparks ever NOT fly between two mega stars? [Star]
  • Mischa Barton, who previously dated Brandon Davis and Cisco Adler, is seeing Rooney guitarist Taylor Locke. Given her track record, there’s a solid chance this guy is a total doofus. [Just Jared]
  • Busy Phillips, who co-starred with Michelle Williams on Dawson’s Creek and is her best friend (and godmother to Matilda) in real life, is expecting a baby of her own. [Us Weekly]
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