My excellent friend Danners wrote a post about The Skinny Website a few days ago. I had never heard of this site before, but based on Danners’ (and others’) remarks, I knew I just had to have a look and, ahem, weigh in on the subject.
The Skinny Website claims to be the “FIRST and ORIGINAL celebrity diet and weight gossip site.” Why the world needs such a thing is completely beyond me, but since they claim to have had over 21 million visitors, I guess I’m just not that smart. What the site really is is a bunch of pictures of movies stars showing their fat, lack of fat, cellulite, and alleged pregnancy “bumps”. Visitors are invited to remark on the pictures.
The site owner developed The Skinny Website because, according to her, she’s addicted to celebrity gossip, and since everyone else is breaking on celebrities anyway, why not have fun with it? Why not, indeed.
This person purports to take a passive role in the goings-on on her website. It’s not her problem if people leave nasty comments about celebrities and speculate about their mental or physical health. There’s even a disclaimer about it. She’s not a dietician. Not a mental health professional. It’s just facts and speculation, she “make(s) no claims and guarantee(s) nothing!”
Ironically, the comments on the site are heavily moderated. Don’t worry, you can say whatever you want about Nicole Ritchie or Kirstie Alley, but whatever you do don’t disparage the website or its owner or you’ll be deleted handily.
So how bad could it be? Read for yourself.
Here are a few comments about (fat) Jennifer Love Hewitt:
“Look up pear-shaped and this picture comes up. If that were me I’d avoid all beaches.”
“You’re looking at the new poster girl for laziness….There’s curvy, there’s heavy yet happy, then there’s this.”
“…WOW has she really gotten out of shape. Her body is absolutely grotesque below the waist, she REALLY needs to exercise-she’s covered in cellulite and fat as far as her hips and thighs go….Her boobs are fake by the way, NOT natural, just so you all know. I do like her, I just can’t stand the body she’s let go to shit.”
And a few remarks about (skinny) Amy Winehouse:
“She looks terrible, not only thin but soooo ugly!”
“I don’t think she looks that thin from before! But she does look like a crackhead, hee hee!”
“Well, she kinda does look like a boy with boobs, LOL!”
And some truly priceless comments about (really skinny) Kate Bosworth:
“She probably just went back to consuming copious amounts of cocaine. Whatever, I’m so over this coke fiend.”
“She looks like a homeless 12 year old boy….Like many celebs she’s hideous and not a natural beauty….”
“She’s a talentless 20 something who looks like a 44 year old hag.”
“She looks like Gollum. Seriously I half expect her to grab a passerby by the throat and start calling them ‘tricksie hobbitses’.”
“Also, do you remember that scene where Gollum asks Sam ‘what taters, eh?’ I could totally see Kate pondering such a question too….”
“She needs to start adding ‘elevensies’ into her daily routine.”
“Ugly, emaciated bad actress and probably major cokehead.”
You get the picture. I don’t even like Kate Bosworth because she got to boff Orlando Bloom repeatedly and I didn’t, but damn!
Another remarkable thing is that the site has almost no pictures of male celebrities. I find that interesting, don’t you?
So what have we learned? We’ve learned that if you want people to say nice things about you you can’t be fat. If you’re fat people will say you’re lazy and compare you to produce. You can’t be skinny either, because only coke whores and crackheads are skinny. If you’re fat, go throw up right away, then click on one of the eating disorder clinic ads on the website. You get to support the site that way too! Unless you’re a man. Then you get to do whatever you want.
(But since Jennifer Love Hewitt is reported to be a size 2, and she’s fat, and you can’t get any smaller than a size 0, and only coke whores are size 0, what size are you supposed to be? Is there something in between 2 and 0? That’s what I don’t get.)
I wonder what kind of person would perpetuate (and participate in) such misogynistic hooey? Probably a passive-aggressive wretch who spends her entire life wallowing in self-hatred and can only feel better when she’s insulting other people and scarfing Ben & Jerry’s by the gallon. But I make no claims and guarantee nothing.
Note to the person responsible for The Skinny Website: there’s a difference between fun and cruelty, even when you’re talking about do-nothing celebrities. And for future reference, here’s what real fat looks like:
I think you know what you can do with that.
(Don’t ever say I don’t put my ass into my work.)