I find it very interesting that we as a nation have decided to take on the issue of bullying with great gusto, everyone from school officials, parents and a slew of celebrities have come out to stop the name calling and acts of violence that are plaguing children (and adults) sometimes bringing them to acts of desperation and self harm. Oddly it is still ok to say mean and hurtful thing about the way people look and dress as entertainment, I find it a bit hypocritical. Shows like E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police takes shots at not only what celebrities are wearing, but often their size and body shapes, sure we can say that it’s all in the name of good fun but when does it cross the line? Now let me be the first to say that I myself am not above a snarky comment or two, I mean humor is humor right? but when does it do too far and really hurt someone, or so them harm in a place where we can not see, nor account for?
This article makes me question how glibly we bandy about words, we flip off comments in passing without regard to what another person might be going through, feeling or struggling with. When Demi Lovato reentered the public arena at last year’s VMA’s after seeking treatment for her eating disorder, the first thing many commented on what how “fat” she had gotten. She fired back saying “This is what happens when you get our of treatment for and EATING DISORDER” ( the dumb asses was silent!) I was like “Good on ya girl” but it had to hurt. Not to mention that she is really for all intents and purposes still a child. That’s beyond rude, that is mean, and in my opinion a form of bullying. So I like the fact that these two young ladies are calling people, the industry, their peers, and anyone else out that takes issue with them looking like normal healthy young women. Neither are overweight, they are fuller figured by Hollywood standards, but that is a FAR cry from “FAT” I hope that we can all learn a bit from this situation and take a moment to think if what we are doing or saying might just constitute “bullying” as it effects other people.
On Nov. 11, Miley used her celebrity status and hefty Twitter following, to speak out against the insane and dangerous expectations of beauty.
It isn’t clear exactly what prompted the rant, but the 18-year-old singer and actress first tweeted a photo of an emaciated woman:
“By calling girls like me fat this is what you’re doing to other people. i love MYSELF & if you could say the same.”
Miley followed up that tweet by posting a photo of Marilyn Monroe with the words, “PROOF that you can be adored by thousands of men, even when your thighs touch.”
Lovato who has gained some weight in recent months, following treatment for an eating disorder, re-tweeted the photo and replied to Miley, writing: “AMEN!”