Tuesday, September 11, 2007

If she's fat...I'm doomed!

Okay, have to admit...

Despite the fact I own one of her CDs, I'm no Britney Spears fan.

I don't think she can sing (the aforementioned CD was purchased many many moons ago while I was quite possibly, intoxicated). I think her tramped-out image is cliche. Her career is in the toilet and her personal life ain't doing much better.

But today, I feel real, real bad for her.

Two days after her horrible performance at the VMA's a lot of people have a lot of mean things to say. Is the outfit a good choice? No. Was her "singing" worth the hype? No. She couldn't dance. She was clearly lip-synching but people can and have overlooked all of that.

What they can't seem to overlook is her body. In its review, the Associated Press wrote Brit-Brit's performance failures included, "The paunch in place of Spears' once-taut belly."

Perez Hilton, a man who looks like he's never met an order of fries he didn't love, called it a "beer belly."

Uh, wait a second. That. That up there...over there...that flat, yet curvy stomach has a "paunch." It's a beer belly?

Hey AP--wanna see a paunch? I can show you a paunch. Britney? She ain't got one to show. Perez, you want to know about beer bellies, take a look at yourself in the mirror. (Or click here...)

To call Britney's body--one that most women, including myself would kill to have--"paunchy" or fat is just proof of how unhealthy our society's outlook on bodies is.

We sit here wringing our hands about the increases in eating disorders. We complain that fashion models are nothing more than hangers with flesh, but then when a woman who has had two children in less than two years struts out in a bikini with a curve or two and no six-pack we call her "fat."

Hypocritical much?

Worse is that the more I've read up on this, the more I'm coming across people justifying their mean words about her body by saying, "Well she didn't look like that before!" or "It's her job to look good."

Can we take a step back in time to "before"--when Britney was running around in school-girl outfits and covering herself with a snake...back when all of the people criticizing her NOW said she was too thin then and that it was impossible for the average woman to look like that.

Now Britney's heavier than she was and she's still getting grief?

Sad, sad world we live in.

Criticize her performance. Say she was drunk and that she looked out of it. Talk about how she can't sing. I'll agree with you wholeheartedly.

But please...don't call Britney Spears fat. She's far from it.

And if she is fat, then well, maybe I should throw in the towel. Because it's going to take a ridiculous amount of self-control and exercise for me to look like that.

She's got breasts. She's got curves. She's still got the rockin' body.

What the hell is wrong with us if we can't see that?


Marshmallow said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. FANTASTIC post.

Teale said...

I totally agree w/you. Hell, if I looked like that, I'd probably flaunt around in a glittered bikini too... lol because I've NEVER done that! Her extensions looked like ass, her performance was below mediocre, but her body.... not fat!

MellyMel said...

AMEN!!!!!!! Thank you.

MellyMel said...

AMEN!!!! Thank you.

Lynn said...

Exactly, this girl is NOT FAT. Jeez, WTF is up with people?!!?

Livy said...

My god, I agree the standards are so high they are impossible.

Mimi said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. I was actually very upset to hear people saying that about her. and after 2 kids back to back no less! Everyone needs to STFU and look at the damn mirror!!

Once Upon A Dieter said...

NO wonder women are dissatisfied with their looks. You simply can't please the vicious critics.

Perez Hilton needs to shut the F up. Puhlease.

The day after the VMA, my gals and I were talking the same thing--performance sucked, wig/weave sucked, outfit cliche and sucked, but she was NOT fat. Her face and body looked very nice. She's had two kids. Excuse me, I never looked like that NOT having kids! Not even when I was normal weight.

Personally, I think the cult of perfect body needs to be taken outside and shot.

Mir, the Princess Dieter

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