Last week we reported on a rather unsavoury chatter over swimwear model, Kate Upton. It went like this: Kate Upton appeared on the cover of American GQ as well as Sports Illustrated. Looking lovely, we might add. Then Blogger SkinnyGossip waded in with a reactionary post, entitled “Kate Upton is Well-Marbled,” in which she compared Kate to a cow (among other pleasantries). Naturally, the internet flipped, prompting SkinnyGossip to write a sort of semi-apology in which she insisted her site has never knowingly encouraged self-harm and some more nonsensical stuff about ‘double-standards’. Here’s a sample quote:
‘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.’
Of course SkinnyGossip is generalising here. What’s more, she appears to be talking about her own weight-based insecurities and the media in general instead of focusing on Kate-Gate. But she continues:
‘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.’
Over the weekend Kate Upton herself responded to the furore, telling the Sunday Times: “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.” A fair point, fairly put. It was a shocking story – Kate Upton is fit. She is a size 8. And in no right mind could she be considered fa. tAnd while SkinnyGossip failed to deliver the required apology, we can procure one positive: that critical mass, and a collective uproar, can sometimes provoke a reaction which should hopefully discourage the sort of negative body image blogs that are disturbingly rife online.