Ashlee Simpson-Wentz's comments carry weight

Yesterday, Fox News ran a breaking entertainment story about Jessica Simpson's weight, which quickly ran wild among other media outlets. It seems that Simpson didn't fit the (anonymous) author's ideal fitness level, and the article was pure hit job - not just against Simpson, but essentially against every woman on the planet.

But instead of focusing on Fox's faux story (which you could read here if you wish), let's focus on the response from Jessica Simpson's sister, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz:
"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. ...

All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you're a celebrity, there shouldn't be a different standard. ...

Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend? I seriously doubt it. How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure? Now we can focus on the things that really matter."
Amen, Ashlee.

--WKW

Crossposted at William K. Wolfrum Chronicles

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