It’s a day of the week, which means somebody somewhere is concern-trolling a female celebrity’s body! Today, the perp is Radar Online, who claim that Taylor Swift is like an ounce away from being freakishly waifish. The article posted a couple of photos of Swift from 2010 and 2014, similar to the ones above, that apparently reveal something we’re not really seeing here. Namely, that Taylor is “‘starving’ to be skinny” and “shrinking.”
It starts like this:
Is Taylor Swift in trouble? As the starlet continues to flaunt her twig-like legs on trips to and from the gym, her skinny frame is drawing concerned responses from fans. And now, top doctors tells Radar she could be entering the danger zone.
And by “top doctors,” the gossip site means tweets from fans who are equally “concerned” with how Taylor’s body has been looking lately, which is almost like having experts weigh in except not even close.
@taylorswift13 I hope you’re not starving yourself to keep your waist skinny, but I have to admit, I love skinny waists.
— Christopher (@intermittal) April 14, 2014
All I have to say is holy shit, Taylor Swift, eat a cheeseburger for cryin’ out loud!
— Michael O’Neil (@TruckIsDaMAN) April 13, 2014
Taylor swift is getting way too skinny…
— Audrey Lucile Lopez (@AudreyLucile) April 14, 2014
Radar did end up quoting a couple of experts. Nutritionist Melanie McGrice almost said Taylor is too thin, but…not really.
“Taylor still appears to be within her healthy weight range, however she is right on the lower end of the scale now. I wouldn’t want to see her losing anymore weight.”
She “appears” to be within the healthy weight range? It’s already idiotic to assume you can know whether somebody’s healthy just by guessing, but this doesn’t even say she’s unhealthily underweight. And the other expert that Radar quotes is just sort of blaming Taylor for potentially causing eating disorders by existing the way her body does.
“Many young women want to emulate celebrities and try to look like them even when their body shape is not meant to. Society … sends a message that you are not cool unless you look a certain way: very thin.
“You’ll be shocked. From not wanting their thighs to touch to the ‘nap diet’, many young women become so obsessed with their weight and looks that it ultimately leads to disordered eating of some type which can then affect their bodies and health for years to come.”
While I 100% agree that women are consistently told throughout their lives that their bodies need to look a certain way, lest they will be considered unattractive forever, it’s irresponsible to blame celebrities. That type of logic only narrows the weight guidelines famous females are “supposed” to follow in order to be considered acceptable. Men can lose 50 pounds for a role and win an Oscar; women can gain five pounds for a role and the tabloids will post themselves by her door, waiting to snap a photo of their new favorite “fatty.”
Oh, and while I was finding those quoted tweets above, I happened to stumble upon even more thin-shaming ones towards Taylor:
— Christine Kirk (@LuxuryPRGal) January 13, 2014
Why is Taylor Swift promoting diet drinks. She already too skinny. She oughta be promoting real drinks
— Ted E. Johnson III™ (@RealTedJohnson) April 17, 2014
I find Taylor Swift way too skinny. I always did.
— Robin. (@robinvanos_) April 12, 2014
Taylor Swift is so long and skinny. ew :/
— Nini (@KissMyCvnt) April 17, 2014
Whoa. I may not always agree with the things Taylor Swift says (ahem, the “special place” where Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler are supposedly going), but I feel like she gets scrutinized more than nearly every huge celebrity for her body and how she uses it. If she dates somebody new, she’s a Slutty McSlutSlut; if she talks about those relationships in her songs (which male musicians do all. the. time), she’s a Slutty McResentfulFace; if she gains or loses any weight, she’s clearly doing some kind of downward spiral.
Yes, Taylor Swift is a slim-figured woman. She is tall and thin and has long limbs and pretty hair; she is conventionally attractive. She has gained and lost weight over time, just as we all have. Does that mean she needs to be put under a consistent blanket of criticism for how her body looks? No. And it’s crazy that we still need to say that.