Sunday, August 21, 2011 Friday, July 29, 2011
NO, SHE WASN’T. (in case that isn’t clear)
Just had enough with sloppy, sensationalistic “journalism” this morning, and chewed out a “media outlet” (cough) on Twitter. The phenomena I’m angry about isn’t specifically their doing, but it’s an excellent example of 1) a problem endemic in blog reporting and growing in more traditional media outlets, grabbing tweets, sound bites and quotes and instantly running them out of context as the basis for a story; 2) good old fashioned sensationalism.
In this case, their victim is Rihanna.Gigwise claims Rihanna has been SLAMMED by her fans after STARVING HERSELF to prepare for a PHOTO SHOOT. They claim she COURTED CONTROVERSY after making COMMENTS, and that MANY of her fans IMMEDIATELY CONDEMNED her SAYING she set a BAD EXAMPLE.My emphasis. What actually happened is Rihanna made ONE tweet about the photoshoot, where she did reference starving, but no other context to say she actually starved herself or even dieted.Rihanna “#RihannaNavy I shot my first cover for Esquire yesterday with Russell James #rockstarshit Not much preparation for that besides wax+starve!!”While over 100+ people retweeted her announcement, the only replies or comments she got from fans, and there were only a handful, were mostly complimentary. In fact, the “many” fans who criticized her amounted to 2 (one who posted and another who retweeted the same tweet below), and another 2 who just didn’t think dieting sounded fun.MD_Lost2009 “@rihanna starve?? why?? thats a bad message to your fans ri-ri im dissapointed”Gidwise also didn’t bother to mention that four tweets (3 days) before her terrible starvation diet… Rihanna “Had my very first Philly cheese steak yesterday! Thx @johnnybananza @Tamara_RS @JaniseeAileen #Yummy”

NO, SHE WASN’T. (in case that isn’t clear)

Just had enough with sloppy, sensationalistic “journalism” this morning, and chewed out a “media outlet” (cough) on Twitter. The phenomena I’m angry about isn’t specifically their doing, but it’s an excellent example of 1) a problem endemic in blog reporting and growing in more traditional media outlets, grabbing tweets, sound bites and quotes and instantly running them out of context as the basis for a story; 2) good old fashioned sensationalism.


In this case, their victim is Rihanna.

Gigwise claims Rihanna has been SLAMMED by her fans after STARVING HERSELF to prepare for a PHOTO SHOOT. They claim she COURTED CONTROVERSY after making COMMENTS, and that MANY of her fans IMMEDIATELY CONDEMNED her SAYING she set a BAD EXAMPLE.

My emphasis. 

What actually happened is Rihanna made ONE tweet about the photoshoot, where she did reference starving, but no other context to say she actually starved herself or even dieted.

Rihanna “#RihannaNavy I shot my first cover for Esquire yesterday with Russell James #rockstarshit Not much preparation for that besides wax+starve!!”

While over 100+ people retweeted her announcement, the only replies or comments she got from fans, and there were only a handful, were mostly complimentary. In fact, the “many” fans who criticized her amounted to 2 (one who posted and another who retweeted the same tweet below), and another 2 who just didn’t think dieting sounded fun.

MD_Lost2009 “@rihanna starve?? why?? thats a bad message to your fans ri-ri im dissapointed”

Gidwise also didn’t bother to mention that four tweets (3 days) before her terrible starvation diet… 

Rihanna “Had my very first Philly cheese steak yesterday! Thx @johnnybananza @Tamara_RS @JaniseeAileen #Yummy”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DEAR EVERYONE

arya-stark:

Let’s play a game!

  • Name men who do not fit “traditional” or socially-acceptable male beauty standards but still feature in TV shows, movies, and the like where their roles revolve around something other than their weight. Men like, say, Seth Rogan. Or Chris Farley. Or Jack Black. Or Danny DeVito. Or John Beluschi. I could go on.
  • Do these guys get a “hot” girl despite their appearance or flaws in their personality? Because man, I can’t tell you how many times something like Knocked Up has happened to me in real life. You know, where my gorgeous, successful friends have sex with some asshole with no job and no motivation and decide to stay with him despite the fact that he’s a child in a man’s body.
  • What does that hot girl look like? Seriously. Think about it.
  • Now, name women who do not fit “traditional” or socially-acceptable female beauty standards but still feature in TV shows, movies, and the like where their roles revolve around something other than their weight. Queen Latifah. And she’s had roles that revolve around her weight, but at least she’s also had roles that don’t. Anyone got someone else? Anyone?
  • Do these women get a “hot” guy despite their appearance or the flaws in their personality? And more importantly, is he genuinely into her? And I’m not talking about the farce that was Shallow Hal, where they strapped Gwyneth Paltrow into a fat suit and had Jack Black’s character fall in love with her inner beauty … while he couldn’t see her outer self (which, in my opinion, was still beautiful). The message there is that men need to be convinced of a fat woman’s worth, like it’s this huge shocker that she’s beautiful AND fat.

Beyond that, there is a much wider variety of socially accepted male beauty than there is for women. Women, to be considered worthwhile and “hot,” have to be a certain weight. It’s not even about breast size or hair color anymore — it’s entirely about weight. Women like Emma Stone and Christina Hendricks are considered equally beautiful by mainstream culture (as they should be!) while women like Nikki Blonsky and Gabourey Sidibe are commended on their bravery or their boldness if they wear a sleeveless dress.

Men do not experience the same kind of body policing that women do. They just don’t. A woman’s weight is seen by American culture as an outward manifestation of her personal worth. If she is overweight, she has failed as a woman. If a guy is overweight… he’s dorky and cute. I’ve never seen any pictures of Seth Rogan in a bathing suit on the front page of a tabloid with giant letters deploring his “beach body.”


(Source: misscarletwitch)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
doom-magazine:

DOOM! Magazine - The more things change, the more they stay the same… 
MiseryXchord - It’s been 13 years since The Body Shop introduced us to Ruby, and I wonder if we’ve really progressed in that time. The fashion industry still pushes impossibly thin models as the ideal and clothing manufacturers still can’t manage to make a pair of jeans to accommodate any of us that actually have hips. READ MORE»>

doom-magazine:

DOOM! Magazine - The more things change, the more they stay the same…

MiseryXchord - It’s been 13 years since The Body Shop introduced us to Ruby, and I wonder if we’ve really progressed in that time. The fashion industry still pushes impossibly thin models as the ideal and clothing manufacturers still can’t manage to make a pair of jeans to accommodate any of us that actually have hips. READ MORE»>