Scarlett Johansson Calls B.S.
A lot of celebs have it out with tabloids over things like affairs, quotes taken out of context and their baby being a two-headed alien (I made all that up. I do not know what celebs have sued tabloids over, despite having googled the phrase “celebs sue over”), but when was the last time a starlet went to blows over false weight loss claims?
Ladies and Gentlemen, ScarJo.
The curvy beauty is currently filming Iron Man II, and her role as the black widow require she spend her time and her stunts in a black latex catsuit. Yeow. Intimidating, right?
The rags took this as an opportunity to fabricate and publicize a diet and exercise plan that supposedly helped her lose “over 14 lbs.” It wasn’t very imaginative on the sources part, as it said she was piggybbacking on the regiments of Gwenyth Paltrow (co-star), who is prob just a little bit nutty and elitist (but hey, she’s won awards and stuff right? I guess she’s entitled)– as evident by her GOOP site.
ScarJo called bullshit, and she did so very eloquently and at length as a guest blogger for the Huffington Post:
Since dedicating myself to getting into “superhero shape,” several articles regarding my weight have been brought to my attention. Claims have been made that I’ve been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I’ve never met, eating sprouted grains I can’t pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5’3″ frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot. I’m frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.
Every time I pass a newsstand, the bold yellow font of tabloid and lifestyle magazines scream out at me: “Look Who’s Lost It!” “They Were Fabby and Now They’re Flabby!” “They Were Flabby and Now They’re Flat!” We’re all aware of the sagas these glossies create: “Look Who’s Still A Sea Cow After Giving Birth to Twins!” Or the equally perverse: “Slammin’ Post Baby Beach Bodies Just Four Days After Crowning!”
She is funny! Did we know she’s funny? Anyway, it’s a really good rant, and I think it’s worth the read. She takes personal responsibility, and calls such fabrications “reckless and dangerous.”
The concept of ‘Stars Are Just Like Us!” makes us feel connected to lifestyles that can sometime seem out of this world. Yes, celebrities are just like us. They struggle with demons and overcome obstacles and have annoying habits and battle vices. That said, I would be absolutely mortified to discover that some 15-year-old girl in Kansas City read one of these “articles” and decided she wasn’t going to eat for a couple of weeks so she too could “crash diet” and look like Scarlett Johansson.
To that I say– word. I may a grown up with enough sense to know what’s photoshopped and that I don’t need bone extensions to make me 5’11” nowdays, but I spent ALL of my teen years (and then some) torturing myselfwith plenty of aid from articles similar to the one the actress is up in arms about.
And I admire her for being so vocal about this.
For that, I applaud you, Scarlett. I’m going to go put all your movies in my netflix queue.
Thoughts? What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve seen on magazine covers lately? Most ridiculous thing you’ve read inside them?