Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Latest Bully: Kathy Griffin

When did it become socially acceptable to bash people because of their body type? It's not politically correct to make fun of people because of their race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. (NOR SHOULD IT BE!), but it seems more tolerated in society to bash people because of their body type.

The latest bully is comedienne Kathy Griffin. She was performing for US troops and made some hateful comments about Palin's recent stint on ABC's  "Dancing With the Stars". Griffin stated that Bristol was "the only contestant in the history of the show to actually gain weight...She gained like 30 pounds a week...I swear to God, it was fantastic. She's like the white Precious." 

Griffin was reportedly booed by the audience. It's a good thing. First of all, if you know me at all, you know my views on Sarah Palin. I won't even go there. This blog isn't about politics. That doesn't mean I think it's OK to bash her daughter. Or anyone. It's not.

Bristol Palin is a mom. She had her baby not that long ago. I can tell you if you're unfamiliar with carrying a baby and giving birth, it can do a number on your body. I had two boys 21 months apart. It was a battle--a constant battle--to shed the weight.

Back to Bristol--She is a pretty girl. Is she rail thin? No. So what? She is a curvy girl who busted her rear end working out (yes, dancing is a workout) for the world to see and critique. Still, there are people out there who are narrow minded and cruel like Griffin and think it's OK to target someone based on appearance. It's ironic she feels compelled to put others down based on their looks considering most of the comedienne's face was created during plastic surgery.

Griffin is just one in a long line of close-minded, mean-spirited people making cruel comments about people's weight. We recently talked about a Marie Claire blogger who made ignorant and hateful comments about overweight people in her column about CBS's "Mike and Molly" and a website dedicated solely to speculating whether celebs have packed on a few pounds.

So when did this become viewed as OK? I'm curious....

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