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Monday, April 10, 2006

J.K. Rowling seeing Pink over Stupid Girls

At J.K.Rowling's website,there is an interesting little rant that she recently posted about the ongoing trend of female celebrity thinness,particularly in young girls. She recounts how she noticed an actress on a magazine cover that looked half dead(didn't name names but there's plenty of them out there to choose from)and how later in a conversation with a male actor who was puzzled as to why his friends insisted that an actress they all knew was "fat" when,in his opinion,she wasn't,began to reflect on the whole body image issue with women.

I've linked the article in the title here(mainly to save myself from overqouting)but I did find it amusing to see that apparently Pink's new song,Stupid Girls,is now one of J.K.'s favorite songs. I'll give in to the Direct Qoute Directive here with this:
"Her latest single, 'Stupid Girls', is the antidote-anthem for everything I had been thinking about women and thinness. 'Stupid Girls' satirises the talking toothpicks held up to girls as role models: those celebrities whose greatest achievement is un-chipped nail polish, whose only aspiration seems to be getting photographed in a different outfit nine times a day, whose only function in the world appears to be supporting the trade in overpriced handbags and rat-sized dogs."

Kind of hard to argue with either of them there. I do like Pink and this song(even tho,in the video when she's parodying the Paris Hilton sex tape,Pink looks more like she's auditioning for the Exorcism of Emily Rose),plus the thought of J.K. Rowling rocking out to Stupid Girls on an IPod while doing rewrites on the seventh Harry Potter book is a happy thought indeed. To me,the real probelm is not just the "thin is in" deal,it's the whole glamorization of the idle rich with shows like"My Super Sweet 16" which has teenage girls spending more money on a birthday party than some countries do on healthcare for a year.

Sure,it's fun to fantasize about what it would be like to rich and do whatever you wanted to but is it really so great to dangle all these glitzy trinkets and spoiled brat attitudes up to kids as the ideal goal in life? Better minds than mine will no doubt have the answers there. In my opinion,too much of anything is not good for you(I know from experience,paricularly with cheese flavored snack chips)and your mental diet is as important as your physical one.

Some people have already sniped at Rowling for having overweight characters portrayed negatively in the Potter books such as Dudley. As a lifetime member of the heavyset crowd,I can say with full honesty"Give me a bloody break. I hate this whole mentality of "if you make a certain type of person a bad guy,you're biased." Spare me this nonsense. All kinds of people can be villians just as all kinds can be heroes."

It's called variety,folks-the spice of life and all that. If all bad guys were the same,it would make for pretty dull storytelling. Also,Hermoine's not been a major beauty queen(gal did have an overbite and hard to manage hair for quite awhile),it's her intelligence and loyality that have been her defining qualities that make her attractive. As to heavyset characters,Neville Longbottom is one of the sweetest people in the books and very well liked by the fans.

I do hope that we start to see more people admired for their characters rather than their looks or money but then again,stuff like that seems to only be in fairytales these days. Maybe we need more of those.


Lady M said...

Hey Hey - but Slytherin has whasshisface that is skinny evil...

SO perhaps Dudley as fat is bad... But the skinny is soooooooo evil....

Me - I'm happily in the middle of chunky... and life is good.

I gave up thinking skeletons were sexy when I realized that if I were blind - nothing would matter.

Hey now - have a splendid weekend and some fantastic thoughts here!

Lady M

lady t said...

Draco is skinny and blonde which makes him uberevil-MUHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!:)

Glad for your input as always,Lady M