Between obesity and anorexia, an aging population and obsessions with looking younger, a lot of people are noticing how they look and being critical of others. But the recent backlash and reaction to media criticism of Kelly Clarkson’s post-baby body and comments by other female celebrities who have embraced their imperfections show that people believe enough is enough when it comes to shaming others,
Fox News Sunday’s anchor, Chris Wallace, 67, and radio host Mike Gallagher, 54, mocked Clarkson on The Mike Gallagher Show Friday. During the broadcast, Gallagher commented about the Clarkson blowing up. Then Wallace said Clarkson, 32, should “stay off the deep dish pizza” for a while.” They have expressed remorse for criticizing the looks of the American Idol-winning singer, who has a 9-month-old daughter, noticeably after a public backlash to their catty comments.
Wallace made a statement today apologizing to Clarkson for his “offensive comment.” He added that he admires her talent and acknowledged that it “should have been the focus of any discussion about her.” Gallagher also posted a statement, via his website that he could not feel worse to having ‘fat-shamed’ this talented and classy entertainer. It was a really stupid thing for me to do.”
Clarkson has shrugged off criticism about her weight since she was on Idol 13 years ago and referred to as “the biggest girl” in the contest. Earlier this month, she told Ellen DeGeneres about a similar incident where British TV star repeatedly criticized her weight and the public reacted. Clarkson laughingly told DeGeneres, “People are like, ‘I’m so sorry that lady in London was so mean to you.’ And I’m like, ‘Are you serious?’ Like, get in line!”
Clarkson may have developed a resistance to cheap shots by body-shamers. However, she does feel concerned for others who struggle with their image.
Several other celebrities who are new moms not bouncing right back or have put on weight have also recently spoken out about body acceptance.
Olivia Wilde, 31, commented on a recent photo spread that was “generously constructed to show my best angles and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.” She admitted that her belly for some time after birth was like “a partially deflated pool toy,” but eventually with work she lost her self-proclaimed “gelatinous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man belly.”
Drew Barrymore is another recent mom who admitted it is sometimes “hard to stay positive and love yourself.” The 40-year-old admitted, “Everything’s saggy and weird;” but when she spends time with her children, she recognizes that things “are bigger than myself.”
Former model and Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen flat out admits to having put on 30 pounds in the past 15 years and even calls herself “fat.” The actress, who played the beauty competition head in Miss Congeniality, wrote in her newest memoir, “I am a champion eater. No carb is safe — no fat, either.”
Bergen, 68, pointed out the awful ways people treat each another and the damaging ways some women strive for an ideal body shape. Bergen said she was eating bread and then ice cream at a recent party and noticed a women looking appalled, but she does not care. She noted that so many skinny women maintain their physique by vomiting or starving themselves, which Bergen is appalled by too.
Ariana Grande also had recent public comments on basic body manners. The petite 21-year-old actress/singer was dancing on stage with Nicki Minaj and people were making comparisons between the women’s bodies and booties. She noted on Instagram, “Stop trying to make people feel badly about their bodies. It’s okay to be different … to be curvy or to be thin.” Grande added, “When did it become socially acceptable to comment on what you think is ‘wrong’ with other people’s bodies?”
Body shaming continues to be an issue for women from 21 to 68 and beyond on both sides. Hopefully, the public backlash to the body shaming Kelly Clarkson has gotten post-baby and open comments from others that no one is perfect show that times are changing and people are getting more accepting.
By Dyanne Weiss