Drew Barrymore Isn’t Fat & So What If She Was
Alright, I was over on Shapely Prose last night reading a couple posts and this one in particular caught my eye: Quick Hit: Sour Milk. The blogger known as Sweet Machine brings your attention to a feature on Spike TV’s website called The Top Ten Actresses Past Their Expiration Date.
I agree that their are a multitude of on-screen performers that I am damn right sick of seeing, either because they suck or they have been portrayed in the media a ridiculous amount of time. Seriously, I need to see Tom Cruise’s face while waiting in line at the supermarket just as much as I need the obsessive recurring thought that my upstairs neighbors tub is about to fall through the ceiling and crush me to death in a gruesome freak accident, because my landlord won’t fix their damn leak.
I might even find it acceptable to bring attention to the fact that Nicole Kidman and Meg Ryan need to stop with the plastic surgery, or that Teri Hatcher might want to consider eating a hamburger, but to go as far as saying that the ten actresses: Nicole Kidman, Teri Hatcher, Drew Barrymore, Helen Hunt, Renee Zellweger, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts, should be forever shunned from our screens, because they are either too old, too skinny, too fat, have too much plastic surgery or not enough, etc, is downright disturbing as hell.
I almost finished that paragraph by writing: “Since when is the value of an actress/actor determined by their looks?”, but just the thought made me laugh. We all know that’s not true, even if it should be.
I won’t go into all the dirty little details of the feature itself, because you can read it yourself and form your own opinion, but what I will mention is the complete and other contradiction between writing a feature that contains the idea that a beautiful woman like Drew Barrymore is too fat and to then go on and criticize Helen Hunt for giving into the pressures of Hollywood and developing an eating disorder in her supposed quest to be thin. To quote Sweet Machine, it seems that “you’re acceptable weight range is somewhere in between Drew Barrymore and Helen Hunt”.
Now gals, it’s up to you to figure out exactly how much you should weight according to Spike TV and for crying out loud don’t grow old and when you do, please don’t try to fool us into thinking otherwise, because plastic surgery just makes you look pathetic. Really, the only course of action left for you is to retire from any kind of public life, so that we won’t have to look at you.
Can I just say it again, DREW BARRYMORE IS NOT FAT! And even if she was by any standards overweight, what the hell gives anybody the right to use that to publicly disparage her and by extension any other woman? Ok, to be fair the writer of this fabulous list didn’t actually use the word “fat”, but they did imply that she was just too chubby to grace us with her presence. Goddamn, shame on them for trying to instill shame in women about their appearance.