January 4, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
So, Joan Rivers the 80 year-old tart-tongued comedienne and acerbic hostess of television’s Fashion Police called out Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence recently.
Seems the Queen of Mean took exception to Ms. Lawrence’s comments that shows like Joan’s Fashion Police only serve to reinforce an unhealthy and unrealistic image for women everywhere. Especially, Ms. Lawrence feels, for young girls who are all too willing to go on extreme diets to look like, well, glamorous celebrity-role models like Jennifer Lawrence. Yet, Ms. Lawrence, is determined to exploit her fame and use her global platform as a Dior spokeswoman to crusade against unhealthy body image.
But, as Joan Rivers, who by her own admission, helps to keep the entire Beverly Hills plastic surgery industry afloat, claims, it’s actually hypocritical stars like Jennifer Lawrence who gain wealth and fame by the very media machinery they now attack. Or, as Rivers puts it “She (Lawrence) has been touched up more often than a choir boy at the Vatican.”
Leave it to Joan to roil not only fans of Ms. Lawrence everywhere but about 200 million Christians all in about 15 words or less.
Still, does the brutally bashing Rivers have a point?
Does the fact that Lawrence won fame in the world’s most image-conscious industry, one built on the backs of many skinny not plump girls, one that seems to be allergic to curves of real women, hurt her own credibility on this issue?
Rivers contends that Ms. Lawrence had no problem with Fashion Police or any other media outlet when she was promoting her “Hunger Games” around the time of the Golden Globes. But, now that the press push is over, she feels “empowered” to bite the Hollywood hand that feeds her.
For her part, Ms. Lawrence recently told Barbara Walters that “It should be illegal to call someone fat on TV.” Rivers quipped that J-Law needed to “grow up.”
Well, before we declare a winner in this fat feud, let’s digest a few facts courtesy of the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
-Since 1980 the rates of adult obesity in America have doubled.
-There are $70 million adults or over 35% of our adult population who
-Since 1980 obesity among adolescents have tripled
-Type 2 Diabetes has risen dramatically among adults and continues to increase among children
-Only 25% of Adults eat recommended fruits and vegetables daily
-Less than 25% adolescents and children eat enough fruits and vegetables daily
-75% of our young adults in grades 9-12 don’t exercise enough
-Nearly $100 billion is spent each year in the US treating obesity related illness
Clearly, it’s not just how the media portrays and glorifies certain body images over others. Nor is it simply the names people call each other when it comes to body image and weight. However hurtful such names may be. We, Americans, do have a real and dangerously unhealthy lifestyle and habitual way of eating. And it seems to be getting worse.
Still, maybe there’s a lot to learn from another actress, one who was America’s small screen sweetheart long before Ms. Lawrence pulled back her first arrow. Alyssa Milano (Who’s the Boss, Charmed) was recently the target of fat jokes by comedienne and would-be actor Jay Mohr.
Ms. Milano tweeted that she felt bad that Mohr felt the need to “fat-shame” her and only wished the best to Mohr and his beautiful wife Nikki Cox.
Within 24 hours the backlash against Mohr and his cruel jokes was severe and certain. He felt compelled to apologize profusely to Ms. Milano, calling her “extraordinarily beautiful inside and out” and added that what he said “simply was not funny and cruel.”
Check. And mate.
Seems bullies of all shapes and sizes need the fetid air of outrage, pain and injury to breathe. Refusing to provide them with such may just suffocate them with kindness.
As for Joan and Jennifer, well, maybe we could all resolve to “grow up” and stop calling each other names when it comes to body image. And refuse to buy into air-brushed reality.
And be sure and eat enough fruits and vegetables. Because Mom really did know best.
Peace. Resolve to be healthy and happy in 2014.