Okay, so maybe not the entire world, but certainly a portion (the judgmental, naive and inconsiderate portion).
Sorry in advance for anyone who finds this pointless, it’s not, but this post must be written. This is more a continuation of a response (a.k.a. rant) I gave about the comments towards the recently publicized pregnant, nude photographs and April 2012 Elle magazine cover of Jessica Simpson.
Now, to clarify, I am not defending the choices of Jessica Simpson – nor her reasons for being a celebrity. This is a commentary on the hate that people feel they must express. The majority of comments I have come across are negative, with the majority of those negative commentators being critical of her weight gain and size.
For those who can’t help but hate:
Good gosh people!
Of course she is on the cover a magazine right now – she is a pregnant celebrity [regardless of anyone’s feelings toward her or her talents (or lack there of if that’s where you stand when it comes to Jessica Simpson’s celebrity status)].
Of course she is airbrushed – she is a celebrity on the cover a magazine – plus she is pregnant.
Of course she is making money off the cover – celebrities make money on everything they are associated with.
Of course she has stretchmarks hidden under that airbrushing – stretchmarks are a human thing that most people suffer from at some point – even men and skinny women.
And yes, she is a larger woman and she is pregnant – pardon her for looking like a common mother-to-be.
Why is any of this a surprise and why the need to berate her? We’re the people (yes even those who think she has no talent and despise her for no legitimate reason – your hateful comments count) that enabled her to be in the social status to be on that cover.
To shame her for being a larger woman when pregnant is disrespectful – and to shame her at all for being of average size (when not pregnant) is also shameful.
Why is fat discrimination and humiliation so acceptable? It is just as common -if not more -than racial and homosexual discrimination, yet most people are either guilty of it or have stood by and watched it happen.
Pregnant women, especially those who struggle with the weight gain, and average to overweight people already struggle daily with their own thoughts on their appearance (and health), let alone to be bombarded with hatred from people who do not understand or know personally what it is like to be in that situation.
Would you be berating your mother, sister, cousin, wife, girlfriend, friend, co-worker, classmate or just a random pregnant and/or overweight stranger? If you have, why? Is it really giving you that much of an ego boost, that you would go out of your way to shame others time and time again?
That may be you (or someone you love) at some point in your life, you just may not be brave enough or in the position to put it on the cover of a magazine.
Every human being has been guilty of discrimination against others of some form – but this does not mean it is acceptable, it just means we have yet to learn that this does no good for anyone.
That is all for the moment, tomorrow will be a much lighter and positive topic – I think.