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“Fat TV Anchor” Jennifer Livingston On “Ellen”

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Wisconsin news anchor responds to fat shamer's bullying letter. Read More »
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Beth Ditto Talks Fat
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Jennifer Livingston on Ellen
Jennifer Livingston on "Ellen"

If you thought Jennifer Livingston was the shit before, now you’re going to want to marry her. A video of the Wisconsin news anchor went viral last week when she responded to a random jerk’s cruel email complaining that she’s a bad influence on viewers, especially women, because she is obese. The man admitted he doesn’t even watch her news program, but went out of his way to concern-troll about her body and take her — and all women — down a peg. Livingston responded with both chutzpah and grace — not denying that she is overweight, but questioning the rudeness of this man to tell a stranger she should be ashamed of herself.

Yesterday, Jennifer Livingston visited “Ellen” to talk about her response, bullying, and how one cruel comment is one comment too many. Livingston also said  addressing this rude email was never about getting an apology from the man, although he did eventually apologize. It was about showing everyone who gets picked on that the bullies are the problem, not you. “Clearly I am not the shining example of perfect health and I never claimed to be,” Livingston said, “but that doesn’t mean my worth should be [makes small gesture] this big.”

Hear, hear. How rad is she?  [Ellen TV]

Christina Aguilera: “You Are Working With A Fat Girl”

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Kelly Vs. Xtina
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Kelly defends calling Christina fat with "eye for an eye" excuse. Read More »
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Update, 3:40 p.m.: Ooof. We now hear via Just Jared that these quotes are supposedly fake. Christina’s rep has said she never made these comments to Billboard. We’ll keep you posted on this weird story. [Just Jared]

“During the promotion of my album ‘Stripped (in 2002), I got tired of being a skinny, white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl. The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings! Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy pill for them to swallow. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would effect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors. … I told (my label) during this ‘Lotus’ recording, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it. They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body. My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore.

– Christina Aguilera spoke to Billboard about her new album Lotus and hit on something that women in the music biz can be somewhat skittish (understandably) to discuss publicly: the way your body is part of your product as much as your voice. It’s always struck me as an unfair double standard. I mean, Cee Lo clearly is not getting called in and being told to drop some weight. And it’s especially dispiriting that a singer with a phenomenal voice like Christina Aguilera has to deal with that shite. Good for her for putting her foot down! Between this and Lady Gaga’s admission last week that’s she’s battled anorexia and bulimia, it’s really the week of pop stars speaking out — and we’ll all be better for it. [New York Daily News] [Photo: Splash News]

The Soapbox: In Comedy Is “Fat & White” The New “Sassy & Black”?

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Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
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Is Hollywood still colorstruck? The search for Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »
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"The Mindy Project" makes some squicky jokes about race. Read More »

I was recently contacted through my website by a pregnant black woman who inquired about hiring me to perform standup at her baby shower. She and her husband were diehard comedy fans, and thought it would be fun to have a comic perform for their guests.

“How did you find me?” I asked. “I Googled ‘Fat Black Female Comics’ and you were one of the women that popped up!” she answered. “Everyone knows that fat black women are the funniest comics alive!”

After I hung up the phone, I sat there for a moment trying to figure out if I should be offended or not. While I understand that she was trying to be complimentary, I’m not sure if I am flattered by someone thinking that I am automatically funny just because I am plus-sized and black. Then I thought about the $1,500 she offered to pay me to stand in the middle of her living room and crack jokes for 30 minutes, and I instantly felt better. Throughout my career, I’ve been paid much less to do far worse. There was plenty of time for me to be offended later, but for now it was time to get paid!

Comedy is hard work, no matter what you look like. The perception that fat black women have an edge up, purely because of the size of their bodies, diminishes the amount of hard work, discipline and creativity that it takes for us to create this art form known as comedy. Furthermore, I think it’s crazy that someone would assume that all fat black women are funny.

On the other hand, I get it. Keep reading »

Kate Upton Responds To Fat-Shaming Blogger

“I’m not going to starve just to be thin. I want to enjoy life and I can’t if I’m not eating and miserable.”

– Here’s Kate Upton in the UK’s Sun saying she doesn’t give an eff that some “thinspiration” bloggers think she’s fat. An anonymous blogger who calls herself Skinny Gurl at a pro-anorexia site called Skinny Gossip had written of Upton: “Huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition — she looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are “striving” for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!”

Last week, in response to the ensuing controversy, Skinny Gurl promised she would remove the Starving Tips Of The Day from her blog and include links to resources on eating disorders and mental illness. [Huffington Post]

Pro-Anorexic Site Calls Kate Upton Fat

Our society is full of new fads: new phones, new computers, new styles and, apparently, a new view on what the perfect woman should look like.

Years ago, women aspired to have that curvaceous bod, the body that men loved and clothing flattered, the body that allowed women to look defined yet healthy.  But lately, that image has become dangerously morphed.  Curves have become a major no-no in the fashion world, in the movie world, in the real world.  Girls everywhere are reading magazines with advertisements featuring models who are slim enough to be mannequins and coiffed enough to look like bombshells.  See the problem with this is the definition of what a model truly is, something that I think this society seems to have forgotten.  A model is supposed to be an example, and an example is something representative and worthy of striving for.  Young girls who have not yet even had the opportunity to come into themselves are being taught or told to imitate the scary skinniness some of these “models” represent. Read more …

Beth Ditto Opens A Can Of STFU On Karl Lagerfeld Over “Fat” Adele Comments

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Adele is "a little too fat," according to designer Karl Lagerfeld. Read More »
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Adele responds to Karl Lagerfeld's comment that she's "a little too fat." Read More »
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“I don’t think Adele would deny that she was fat. And I bet she doesn’t. Karl Lagerfeld used to be fat himself, so you gotta think about that. He’s obviously not proud of that fact. I also think that people give him way too much power! He’s just an eccentric designer who makes amazing art but doesn’t always say the coolest shit. …

I doubt, and I hope, and I’m pretty confident, that [Adele] does not think about Karl Lagerfeld, ever. I bet that is the last thing on her mind at night. She’s falling asleep on her 85 Grammys and however many millions of albums she’s sold and however many millions of dollars that she has, and is just probably thinking, like, ‘You know what – all right!’”

– Leave it to Beth Ditto from The Gossip to be the voice of reason on Karl Lagerfeld, aka Uncle Karl, aka that old dude who designs for Chanel and seems to get away with saying all kinds of horrible things like calling Adele “a little too fat” and fashion groupies French-kiss his arse anyway. I co-sign everything she said. [London Evening Standard via Fashionista]

The Soapbox: On Jessica Simpson, Fat-Shaming & Reclaiming The Word “Fat”

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Fat-shaming. Maybe it’s happened to you, or maybe you’ve perpetrated it against someone else. Fat-shaming is making people feel uncomfortable, wrong or bad for being overweight or obese. Some fat-shamers will tell you that they’re doing it as a means of encouraging the overweight person to lose weight, but most, oh, sane people will argue that fat-shaming does little in the way of motivation, and actually harms.

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If Kelly Osbourne And Christina Aguilera Could Never Call Each Other “Fat” Again, I Will Die Happy

Kelly Vs. Xtina
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Kelly defends calling Christina fat with "eye for an eye" excuse. Read More »
Too Fat?!
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Former Fat Kid
... responds to the Vogue mom who put her 7yo daughter on a diet. Read More »
Kelly Osbourne in Glamour magazine photo

“Sometimes it’s other people’s voices you have to shut out. That’s what happened with me and Christina Aguilera, which people don’t understand. She called me fat for years. One night on ‘Fashion Police’ I said, ‘F—k you. Now you’re fat too.’ I didn’t say I wasn’t fat. I said, ‘Now you know how it feels.’ And I’m sorry, but I stand by that. I make a point on the show never to say anything about anybody that I wouldn’t say directly to their face. I’m famous, and she’s famous; it doesn’t mean I can’t stand up for myself. I took it for 10 years and finally decided to be like, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ And that’s the last thing I will ever say about it.”

I can appreciate that Kelly Osbourne was trying to share body confidence tips as a “former fat person” with Glamour magazine. However, being happy about calling another woman “fat” on national television is a bullshit body confidence tip. These two remind me of middle school girls. [Glamour]

Tatyana Ali’s Show “Love That Girl” Fat-Shames A Big Girl … Who Happens To Be My Friend, Erica Watson

Erica Watson Q&A
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Plus-Size Models
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Vogue Italia features three plus-size cover models. Read More »
Erica Watson Love That Girl
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“Making fun of the fat girl” is the oldest and most cliché gag in TV history. And when Tatyana Ali’s show “Love That Girl” made fun of a fat girl in a recent episode, they were downright cruel. Instead of using a stock image or say, not mocking a plus-sized woman’s body at all, the show used an image of a real, plus-size woman.

And she just happened to be my friend, the actress, comedian and gorgeous plus-size woman Erica Watson. Keep reading »

Soapbox: Did Kelly Osbourne Really Just Call Christina Aguilera Fat?

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Christina Aguilera Mug Shot
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“I was never that fat,” Kelly Osbourne said of Christina Aguilera‘s look at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert. Kelly justified her unkind remarks with this: ”She called me fat for so many f**king years … so you know what? F**k you! You’re fat too.” Oh. No. She. Didn’t.

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