• Tue, Jul 5 2011

Is It Fair To Call Princess Diana An Anorexic, Bulimic Narcissist?

Ann Coulter just did. Of course she did. Now, let’s break this down a bit. What did Ann say, exactly?

“I find it a little baffling when Americans get so gaga-eyed over a princess, in particular, Lady Di, who was just this anorexic, bulimic narcissist.”

First of all, yes, Diana suffered from a variety of eating disorders. That’s indisputable, she talked about it herself. However, if you’re making a leap from “she had a bad relationship with food” to “therefore she was a narcissist” well, that seems like a pretty giant sized leap. Many experts will tell you that eating disorders are less about vanity, and more about the ability to exert control in situations where you feel out of control. I think Diana may actually say it best herself in this memorable speech:

Of course, she might have been narcissistic for other reasons – she was obviously known for being a very stylish dresser – but beyond that… I’ve got nothing. So. Any feelings on the topic? Any Princess Di haters out there? Any Ann Coulter haters out there?

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  • Eileen

    Anorexic – yes, maybe.
    Bulimic – yes, definitely.
    Narcissist – unrelated, but possibly. Some of it wasn’t her fault – obviously she didn’t ask to be followed everywhere by paparazzi and put on the cover of every magazine. I personally don’t find her very appealing, but obviously I didn’t know her. But then neither did a lot of the people who talk about how wonderful she was.

    • asrai

      I suspect Ann Coulter didn’t know her at all either.
      Some people don’t have enough going on in their own lives.

  • Cassieleigh

    “Hate,” is a strong word. I think Di was overrated. I think Ann and a lot of other pundits try to stir the waters. Those are really just facts. No hate implied.

  • Amy

    Can’t we all just agree to stop paying any attention to the hateful, disgusting, insane things that come out of Ann Coulter’s mouth? Her attention-whoring is painfully obvious.
    And really, her calling someone else narcissistic and anorexic is just a little too pot-calling-the-kettle-black, isn’t it?

    • Eileen

      Maybe she knows it when she sees it?

  • lisa robin

    i am actually reading a book about diana now and how she had many more issues other than her eating disorders, which happens in a lot of cases i guess with people who have eating disorders. this statement from ann coulter just seems kind of ignorant but a lot of people are not so educated when it comes to mental health disorders. there are major stigmas attached so people who suffer from these disorders keep them hidden from the public so not to be ridiculed by people like ann coulter for fear of being labeled crazy which is so sad.

  • Kathleen

    When she says Diana “was just this anorexic, bulimic narcissist.” I think the word that sticks out to me as hateful is “just” like, that’s ALL she was. Nobody has to worship her, but the woman’s life was ended when she was just starting to come out of a bad marriage, be her own person, and realize her potential. She struck me as more sincere in her charity efforts than many of the wealthy and powerful. I know I can’t be sure, but this is my impression, seeing how Mother Theresa was impressed with her. The tragedy is that Diana died before we saw how much she was truly capable of. This is precisely why people are so moved by her in particular. Ann Coulter is smart enough to know this and understand it. I don’t know if she’s being thoughtless- it’s possible- but she’s definitely trying to be controversial.

  • Maggie

    1. Americans are “gaga-eyed” (I can’t believe I’m even quoting this woman) over a lot of people. Those people don’t always choose to divulge personal struggles to the public like Princess Diana did, but I’m pretty sure most of us have comparable issues to deal with although they may manifest differently.

    2. Anorexia isn’t narcissism. The most widely-accepted understanding of the disease is that it is a pattern exhibited by an individual as a result of a mental disorder. Recently, however, the illness has been traced down to a level even deeper. Evidence from very new studies characterizes anorexia as a METABOLIC disorder perpetuated by a divergence in regulated eating habits.

    3. I agree with Amy, though. Commentary like this isn’t even worth acknowledging. It seems silly striking out against such an outlandish, misinformed (and disrespectful…Princess Diana is dead and plenty of her family members are well within earshot of the media and Ann Coulter’s dumbfuck ramblings) statements when I bet most people wouldn’t even agree with them anyway. To me this just sounds like one stupid-ass person saying something that not only insults an individual, but condescends to Americans, something that ostracizes, well, everybody, and therefore doesn’t deserve the company of a response.