Dear J. Love, Can I call you J. Love? I'm going to call you that anyway, which is ironic, because what I feel for you right now is far from love. This morning, I got a nice little press release from Us pimping this week's cover story, "Jennifer Love Hewitt: 18 Lbs In Ten Weeks!" I don't care that you lost weight — what you do with your figure is your business, and I can't imagine that the backlash after Badonkgate was easy on the ol' self-esteem. No, I'm mad at you for promoting your weight loss, especially since when people were criticizing you for having a less than "ideal" figure, you were all, my weight is nobody's business but my own!Let's hop in the wayback machine, hmm? So last December you got engaged, and whilst vacationing in Hawaii, the paparazzi took unflattering pictures of you that ended up plastered all over the internet and on the cover of People. This is what you said back then: "What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles.... Like all women out there should, I love my body." You continued, "To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini-put it on and stay strong." How do you think those same girls, with butts, boobs, et. al, are feeling now that you posed for the Us cover boasting your weight loss secrets? Of course, you played the "health" card, saying, "The energy level and the way I feel now is great." Not only is your hypocrisy deeply lame, I think it's a bad career move, and here's why. You're not getting any younger, J. Love, and 20-year-old hotties with perfect bodies are a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood. You should know: you built your career on being one. There was a huge upswelling of female support after those cruel internet comments about the Hawaii photos. For every asshole blogger who called you fat, there was someone else who liked you much more for your honesty and body positivity. And what's more: these people, not your haters, are much more likely to be the kind of people who watch your schmaltzy show, The Ghost Whisperer. By touting your weight loss proudly on the pages of Us, you're risking alienating these people who stood up for you. To reiterate: the size of your ass is not my business. It's not anyone's business! But it seems like you're happy to flaunt it for the masses, as long as it's an "acceptable" size. Xoxo! Jennifer Love Hewitt Reveals New Thinner Body [Us] Jennifer Love Hewitt Fires Back [People] Earlier: Breaking News! Jennifer Love Hewitt Is A Human Being.
I am so glad you posted this, Jessica. My thoughts were similar, though much less organized, when I saw yesterday's Midweek Madness.
J. Lo Hew (as the Fug Girls say) has lost credibility with me as a somewhat mainstream role model for body positivity.