Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Doesn’t Want to Hear About Her Sister’s Weight
Recent headlines have ripped into Jessica Simpson‘s weight, following several unflattering pictures surfacing from a recent performance. The pictures show Jessica looking like she’s slightly heavier than previously, though some of that could possibly be blamed on the unflattering pair of jeans she’s wearing.
The point is, sources such as US Magazine were labeling their online pictures with “simpson-fat-b,” and even Fox News jumped on the bandwagon of discussing and picking apart Jessica’s weight. And of course, they even had to pose the question “Is Jess preggers?” and then talk about her diet. And Jessica’s sister, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, has had enough.
In a Myspace blog, Ashlee ripped into the press, especially Fox News, for their concentration on the story. “I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News.”
Ashlee also asks “How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?” Simpson-Wentz knows all too well what kind of damage can be done to a young woman when she’s unable to love and respect herself: she struggled with an eating disorder in her youth. At 11 years old, Ashlee developed anorexia and at one point her weight was at roughly 70lbs.
“All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms,” Ashlee includes in her blog, “and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.” She ends the blog with something I’m sure many other people are saying as well: “Now can we focus on the things that really matter.”
Jessica Simpson’s personal trainer has also spoken out about the criticisms of her weight, saying “We all go a little bit up and a little bit down – but she’s healthy. She’s still sexy. She’s still a beautiful woman, and I have no problem with the way she looks.”
Interestingly enough, all of this talk about how “fat” Jessica is comes up at the same time as news that a company is suing Simpson’s manager, her father Joe Simpson, over a 2005 work out DVD the Dukes of Hazard Star made, but then decided she was against releasing. Clips from the video can be seen here, and from the way it looks, Jessica or Joe, whoever made the final call to not release it, was probably right.
What do you think about the sruntiny of Jessica Simpson’s weight and her younger sister’s defense?