Last week saw the publication of a post on SkinnyGossip that derided Sports Illustrated swimsuit covergirl Kate Upton for being fat. The post, entitled “Kate Upton is Well-Marbled,” (!) is one of the nastiest things we’ve read in a while (it’s actually jaw-dropping). After comparing Upton to a cow, calling her vulgar and just being a complete asshole (“Yes, it’s the lovely Kate Upton, confidently lumbering up a runway like there’s a buffet at the end of it. Now, there’s nothing wrong with an average girl like Kate being confident.”) the post caused a bit of an internet shitstorm–Anonymous intervention and all–that prompted SkinnyGossip to release an embarrassingly disingenuous about-face, insisting the site has never encouraged self-harm (sure) and something about how it’s a community or whatever. Great. Here’s one of the statement’s more bizarre logical failures:
As a thin person, I was also annoyed by our double-standards around weight. For example, people think nothing of telling a thin woman – to their face, in front of an entire group of people – how skinny they are and even to suggest what they should eat. But I’ve never seen the reverse happen to an overweight woman.
It also seems thin is only OK if it’s an accident. We hear thin celebrities say “damn, I eat like a horse and I just can’t gain weight!” This is a lie and one they feel they must tell, because honesty (“I work hard for this body!”) is for some reason socially unpalatable. It’s also terrible because it feeds the delusion that our body weight is outside of our control.
As a reasonable person, we are doubly annoyed that the author internalized some perceived pressures about her own body and released it by saying monstrous things about other people’s bodies on the internet. But, let’s just move on and hope we never hear from Skinny Gossip again.
Anyway, Kate Upton has since responded to the whole thing by saying, “I’m not going to starve just to be thin. I want to enjoy life and I can’t if I’m not eating and miserable.” Fair!
While her rep adds: “It’s absurd. Kate is gorgeous and very healthy.”
And you know how we feel about all this.
(The Sun, Photo via Wenn)