Jessica Simpson on Oprah

love2eatinpa, 04 March 2010, 20 comments
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So Jessica Simpson was on Oprah yesterday. It was her first time talking publicly about all the issues she has gone through with the paparazzi, the public and her weight, including the whole “mom’s pants” thing.

Here is a link to Oprah’s site – Oprah and Jessica if you want to read it.

I have mixed emotions about the whole thing.

On the one hand, she is a public figure. She chose to become one, no-one forced her to. I mean geez, her and Nick invited the cameras into their own home a few years ago! She also can afford to have a dietitian, chef and personal trainer live with her. As she often comes off as the “dumb blonde,” she had to know that being a public figure involved paparazzi and being scrutinized by the public.

On the other hand, I feel really bad for her that every piece of clothing she wears, every morsel of food she puts in her mouth and how those two things come together to form how she looks is totally scrutinized. As a recovering compulsive overeater, I cannot even imagine living that life.

She told Oprah she does not have an eating disorder. Kudos to Jessica because I don’t know how you wouldn’t get an eating disorder from living in the public eye like that!

I know that I hate it when I’m out and I feel like people are watching me eat (even if it’s all in my head). Could you imagine what it would be like to have photographers watching you all the time, catching you at an unflattering angle and then plastering the photo on the front page of their trash publication for all the world to see that you have put on five pounds?!?

Man, we all know how badly WE feel about that, and we are our own worst critics. Imagine if every little tidbit of our lives were put out there for the whole world to see, talk about and criticize.

I give credit to Jessica for saying some great stuff – she says she learned there’s only one person who can define what’s beautiful—you. “Nobody’s words, nobody’s compliments, nobody’s love, none of that…it’s all what I have within myself,” she says. “Every day will continue to be a journey. Every day, we’ll find something new out about ourselves that is authentic and is unique, but I really just finally relaxed. I don’t care what people have to say about my weight. I really don’t, because I think I look great.”

She seems to be at peace with all of it right now and says she loves her curvy body, as she should. And again, I recognize she signed up for this, but SO many paparazzi/writers go over the line just for a story, to make money. I could never live under the scrutiny of that, could you?

What are your thoughts on the Jessica Simpson situation?

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  1. Kim
    04 March 2010, 8:33 pm

    I share your mixed feelings. It’s hard for me to feel super bad for celebrities because it’s a business that they chose, and paparazzi is part of that business in this day and age (heck, they get a lot of publicity by being snapped coming out of restaurants and things). That said, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that there is so much focus on weight, and I’m sort of annoyed that it was a topic of discussion on the show at all. I look forward to the day when we don’t waste segments discussing this with women. Is she healthy? Yes. Ok, then, I don’t really care what she weighs or how she eats. That’s her business. It’s so silly that someone like Jessica Simpson is considered voluptuous, when she is really petite. I think the celeb watchers just try to make stories, and harping on her weight is a story. I could never live under that scrutiny. Heck, I have trouble sleeping if I think I offended someone with a blog post! She has to live under others’ eyes all the time. If her self-image has remained so healthy, as she implies, I give her major kudos.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you bring up some great points, kim. is she healthy, that is the primary thing. she IS petite. it’s like the paparazzi feels like they have carte blanche to take pix and write about whatever they want. and like you said, who give a flying you-know-what what she weighs or what size she is.

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  2. Diana
    04 March 2010, 11:03 pm

    If she really doesn’t care, then great for her! I wouldn’t be able to handle it either. I do think they go overboard. But, you have consequences for your actions. I think you do invite it when you ask them to film you every day. It is a hard situation. I do still like her. And, the dumb blond thing for the most part is an act…you can’t manage your own career (yes the creepy dad does that, but she does quite a bit as well) and be THAT dumb!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Hiya =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i definitely wouldn’t be able to handle it. you need thick skin to be in the spotlight like that and i don’t think my skin is thick enough.

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  3. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    05 March 2010, 8:05 am

    I’m so sorry I missed that episode of Oprah. 🙁

    I agree with you that she signed up for this but I am of the belief that the paparazzi should be respectful of the stars and stop doing whatever they can to humiliate and capture that “fat” moment or unflattering moment. I know that garbage sells, but maybe it’s a problem with our society as a whole. If we stop buying or subscribing to the garbage maybe the paparazzi won’t be as fueled to try and get the worst of some stars for the paycheck.
    .-= Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Does the fear of failure invade your thoughts? =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    well, i didn’t watch oprah in real time, i dvr’d it and watched it that night. ;).
    i think if anything, the paparazzi has gotten worse and it’s all fueled by our society wanting to see these celebs caught in a bad way. maybe it somehow makes all of us feel better if we see that even celebs gain weight?

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  4. Jen
    05 March 2010, 8:53 am

    I don’t care what Jessica Simpson weighs or what kind of pants she wears. However, she is a celebutard, sorry, it’s not that I don’t like her but she is a celebrity for bing a celebrity. What does she do? She makes a living by inviting the press into her life, without them she has no career. Having said that it isn’t her fault that people care what she looks like. It’s ours for buying the magazines and going to the websites that talk about her. As for her being stupid, I don’t think so, you have to be pretty smart to manipulate the Hollywood system like she has. Not that there is anything wrong with it, kudos to her for making a fortune doing nothing, just don’t cry to me when you don’t like it anymore. And I don’t know that she has but others have complained of the media and it always makes me want to shake them until they get it.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Magnets of Love =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    wasn’t she a singer at one point? but you are right, jen, it is society’s fault for buying the magazines, go to the websites, etc. i think there are celebrities who do manage to keep their private lives private, but if you don’t try live privately, you totally open yourself to the scrutiny.

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  5. Holly
    05 March 2010, 2:19 pm

    I so wish I could have seen this interview!

    I’ll be the first to admit, in the past I have not been the biggest fan of hers…mainly because she thought (or seemed to think) it was cute to act stupid. Not cool! However, I think as she’s gotten older, she’s definitely matured and it’s pretty easy for us to see she is NOT stupid. Whenever something is mentioned about her weight, my heart just goes out to her. And kudos to her for not feeling the pressure to lose a ton of weight because of those comments (like Jennifer Love Hewitt).

    I tell you, though – you couldn’t pay me enough money to live under that scrutiny!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..All Things Pumpkin =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you can probably read it on oprah.com. i’m not a huge fan of hers either, holly. as jen had commented, she is basically famous for being famous. nonetheless, i’m with you, i hate it when i read/hear that so-and-so celebrity has gained weight. who cares? we are all human, everyone gains and loses weight.

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  6. Jody - Fit at 52
    05 March 2010, 3:49 pm

    I missed this one but I feel for all the stars, especially women that go under the scrutiny of the paps. Yes, they signed up for the media BUT those paps were never as bad as they are now & nobody signed up for that! Jeez, they call people fat that are a size 4 OR if they are wearing the wrong thing.,..it is like nobody can win!

    I would hate to have to worry about cameras stalking me every minute. Heck, I have my treats but I bet some people look at me & think why is she eating that when she is trying to be so fit.

    Kathie Lee says she NEVER wears a bathing suit because of the paps.. that is just sad!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Treadmill Challenge; Towel Giveaway Winner! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are right, jodi, the paps were not nearly this bad years ago. now it is such a lucrative arena for those photographers. i guess when all that $ is on the line, all morals go out the window huh? sadly, i can understand how kathie lee would be afraid to put on a bathing suit. one bad angle caught and she’d be fodder for all the rags. who would want to go through that?

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  7. Jess
    05 March 2010, 4:02 pm

    I am so thankful I am not in the public eye, and although when I was younger I wanted to be “famous”, I haven’t wanted that in a very long time.

    When she started, she was a teenager. Now she’s developing into an adult, it’s wonderful her experiences have allowed her to grow as a human being instead of crushing her like so many other teen pop divas who were left to drift when they weren’t useful to the corporations any longer. To churn the entertainment industry news machine, people are now elevated to superstardom (and eventual overhype that creates resentment in the consumer base) so when they are ripped down, it sells because people want to see an equally dramatic fall.

    Good for her for letting it go and not getting involved with the need to be adored. The ease of getting onto a self-destructive path is evidenced by many of her peers.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s funny, jess, your saying that reminded me that i wanted to be a “movie star” too when i grew up.
    i agree, i think it’s great that she feels comfortable in her own skin and doesn’t feel the need to take the path that so many celebs in her age group do.

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  8. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    05 March 2010, 4:44 pm

    “paps” this, “paps” that…. I know it’s a different “paps,” but it only reminds me of my gyne appt I’m dreading. lol
    .-= Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42´s last blog ..For Mature Audiences Only =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol!!!

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  9. Ameena
    05 March 2010, 4:49 pm

    I feel so sad for Jessica because she is so pretty and seems so sweet. It is unfair that people can be so harsh about her weight, etc. I guess she does put herself out there as a celebrity but still, people were really MEAN!
    .-= Ameena´s last blog ..Things I Will Never Understand =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    there is a lot of great stuff that comes with being a celebrity, but boy, especially for a woman, being put under the microscope for weight is a major negative.

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  10. Jill
    12 March 2010, 11:59 pm

    Personally I cannot stand her.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i don’t have any feelings for her one way or the other. she is just famous for being famous. it is a shame how she has been cruficied about her weight/appearance though.

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