Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy have apparently entered into a pact promising not to lose any weight, according to an anonymous source who probably gleaned this information from seeing them high five one time.
Radar Online has a quote that we all need to take with a grain of salt:
“Neither one of them is trying to lose weight and they’ve formed this little support group to keep each other from falling into the skinny Hollywood trap. Obviously, they could both snap their fingers and lose the weight because of the resources they have available to them — which could include everything from personal trainers to Lap Band surgery — but right now they’re agreeing with each other that they have to hold the line and provide a positive image for overweight girls everywhere. There will be plenty of time for dieting years from now, but Rebel and Melissa are determined to stay at their current sizes for now”
Okay…cool? Look, it’s unlikely that this is real, but if it is, I hate it. No person owes anyone his or her body for any reason, and this assigns false significance to body size and type. Just a couple of hours ago, I wrote about Jessica Simpson and her big announcement about her post baby weight loss, and if this is real, I don’t think this is too much better. It’s not just assigning value to skinniness that’s a problem–the issue is putting to much significance in any size. While there’s no problem with celebrating bodies at any size, trapping them into a box and saying they can never change is problematic. Putting such a high value on something as arbitrary as weight is how we got into this body image mess that is our society in the first place.
Of course, my criticism here isn’t really aimed at McCarthy or Wilson–they’re excellent role models and do significant good in terms of publicizing their own somewhat radical self acceptance. They’re beautiful women who should feel free to stay exactly as they are, and I wish we didn’t live in a culture that created the idea that it’s revolutionary and pact-worthy to not want to lose weight.
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