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I Miss Fat Jonah Hill: And Other Mostly Pointless Celebrity Observations, in No Particular Order

OBSERVATION 1: I miss fat Jonah Hill.

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I miss fat Jonah Hill (image courtesy of wikipedia)

I know it’s not cool to say it, and believe me, I believe in a person’s right to do what they will with their bodies, but I miss fat Jonah Hill.

I think it’s because I like seeing “one of us” in the movies. His quirky humor was the only thing I enjoyed about Funny People. I liked him as genius sabermetrics guy opposite Brad Pitt in Moneyball. I could imagine a little, fat 10-year-old who always gets picked last in gym class seeing him in a movie and saying, “Even if I don’t make the team, at least I can be the smart guy in the back office who actually gets to pick the team.”

Now he just looks like a thin guy who’s in movies, and it bums me out.

OBSERVATION 2: I won’t die if I see Melissa McCarthy‘s arms.

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Melissa McCarthy (image courtesy of CNN)

I love Melissa McCarthy. And apparently, she sometimes wears a 3/4 sleeve. But every time I see her at some awards thing, she has super long sleeves on.

Seriously, I can only imagine the pressure and scrutiny she’s under. I’m sure her size comes up in every stupid, useless interview for magazines that I refuse to read. But I’m just dying for her to pull a Gabby Sidibe and show some big fat arms!

OBSERVATION 3: All I want is to live in a world where Octavia Spencer doesn’t feel the need to “triple spanx.”

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Octavia Spencer (image courtesy of Us Magazine)

Speaking of award-winning actresses constantly being asked inane questions about weight, Octavia Spencer is sick of it. According to Jezebel, she posted about this on Facebook, saying, “NOT DOING”¦.I am NOT WORRYING ABOUT MY WEIGHT! I AM NOT TRYING TO CONFORM TO an unrealistic model of beauty.” Amen!

But she also told Ellen, “I triple-Spank. Which is not good. Spanx really, really work, but you don’t need to overdo it.” This woman is a freaking award-winning freaking actress. Can’t she be allowed to enjoy the moment without impinging on vital organs? I’m all for an end to the havoc of chub rub, but I’m sick of this Spanx crap.

OBSERVATION 4: Paula Deen didn’t get diabetes from cooking with fat.

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Paula Deen (image courtesy of The Food Network)

Just read this, guys. Seriously.

OBSERVATION 5: Sometimes I miss the good ol’ days when Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey sang stuff, instead of just hawking weight loss b.s.

Remember stuff like this?

Now I only see her in this (real and awful) Weight Watchers ad:

I realize that all of these celebrities have incredible pressure put on them about their bodies. Do a Google search for any of these people and add the word fat and you will see page after page of horrible commentary. That’s why it’s so important for each one of us to stand up to fat oppression.

In the meantime, at least we have Gabby Sidibe and Adele.

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Some food for thought from Adele and Gabby (Image of Adele with quote from, image of Gabby Sidibe from NBC, quote from Harper's Bazaar)

I think I need to go back on my media diet.

So tell me, does the state of fat celebrity-dom bum you out too? Comment and tell me!

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15 replies on “I Miss Fat Jonah Hill: And Other Mostly Pointless Celebrity Observations, in No Particular Order”

I think its fantastic that Adele is confidant and doesn’t bow to the pressure to diet, however, it doesn’t sit well with me that she always names names. Like she could have said what she says in that quote with out mentioning Nicole Richie! Nicole Richie is her own person and can look like whatever she wants to look like too. Also, mentioning Richie’s weight is problematic for me because I know that Richie battled drug addiction problems and I thought I heard she had a eating disorder (?). Clearly, there are outside circumstances contributing to Richie’s thin/once very thin frame.

But I do get what she means, I think just about anyone can relate to feeling pressured by media images to be thinner or feel ugly. I just think she could have expressed that in a less problematic, name dropping way.

Yes, to all of this.  I find the Jennifer Hudson ads to be the most grating because of the lyrics they’re pairing with the idea in the ad.  A little mix of “you can’t be happy unless you lose weight” and “if you just tried you could lose the weight”.

I don’t think any celebrity has a responsibility to look or dress for anyone but themselves. If they lose or gain weight, that’s no one’s business but their own and I don’t think saying that they should be a certain way, regardless of whether it’s that they should be skinnier or stay fat, does the idea of body acceptance any good.

A friend (who’s a mother of 4) and I were driving somewhere and we passed series of posters for “The Sitter”. She instantly remarked that Hill looked “like a pervert” and “disgusting” when he was fat. I know that’s what the poster was going for (OMG a FAT MALE BABYSITTER!) but it still made me sad to hear something like that come out of her mouth.

I really wish Melissa McCarthy would wear more fashion-forward dresses and show off the goods a little more. I realize she may have her own insecurities, but she’s a beautiful woman and it would be a great example for fat ladies if she’d bare just a tad more skin.

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