Our New National Motto: Shut Up Unless You’re Skinny

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune.

Another day, another celebrity fat-shaming.

Even the phrase is becoming problematic, given the fact that the celebrities in question are rarely fat. (Or ashamed, thankfully.)

Pink is the latest target. The 35-year-old pop singer attended a weekend honoring people who are fighting to eradicate cancer, and a bunch of non-fans jumped all over her about her weight.

Before we go any further, take a minute to watch Pink go all Cirque du Soleil at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Fat has no place in a conversation about this powerhouse.

But there it is, one of a handful of stupid accusations that get tossed at women who make waves: fat, ugly, fat, lonely, fat.
Pink was apparently undaunted by the jabs, responding on Twitter that she’s just fine the way she is, thank you very much.

“Perfectly fine, perfectly happy and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off,” she wrote, signing her note, “cheesecake.”

Not fat. Not ashamed. So let’s think of a better phrase for this foolishness.

And while we’re thinking, let’s consider the long-term consequences of it.

Even worse than the round-the-clock attacks on any public figure who dares to dip her toes outside the cookie-cutter appearance we’ve deemed attractive, acceptable, even, is the notion that these attacks come with the territory.

“Ultimately if you put yourself out there, if you’re in the media, if you’re in the public eye, then you have to accept what comes your way,” TV personality Katie Hopkins told Access Hollywood in response to calls for her to apologize for attacks on singer Kelly Clarkson.

This is an incredibly common, incredibly dangerous line of thinking.

If you have a story to tell, whether that story lives in the form of a song, an essay, a painting, a memoir, a book, a lesson plan, a film, you should tell it. You should find your voice and tell your story truthfully and without fear.

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