Jessica Simpson's weight: Why do we c...

Jessica Simpson's weight: Why do we care if she's skinny or fat?

There are 164 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 3, 2009, titled Jessica Simpson's weight: Why do we care if she's skinny or fat?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The famous are fuming over photos of Jessica Simpson that prove the singer is - of all things - human.

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Iowa City, IA

#22 Feb 3, 2009
I agree with a previous poster..."we" certainly could care less if she gained a few pounds or not. The only people who care are young girls in sorority houses and, apparently, the media.

Ocala, FL

#23 Feb 3, 2009
I dont think she should be torn apart for gaining weight. Its ridiculous, I understand ur under a microscope when in the public eye but its just gone to far. Not going to lie I think she looked better before those photos, but as long as she is healthy and all that matters.

Chicago, IL

#25 Feb 3, 2009
Nick Lachey has got to be glad he traded in this old clunker

Naperville, IL

#27 Feb 3, 2009
Isn't it funny that people are making such a big deal about Jessica Simpson looking like a NORMAL person and they're STILL ridiculing her? Seriously, I wish people would just admit that they feel threatened by her being curvy just as much as her being twiggy. She still looks good and you all know it.

Albuquerque, NM

#28 Feb 3, 2009
Constitutional right?! What hubris. Show me where it says you "have a right". What you get is a free press guaranteed by freedom of speech. Of course you can twist and pervert it any way you want--and have. You make news by saying something which is really only a way to get a reaction so you can claim foul and say and sell more.

Orange Park, FL

#29 Feb 3, 2009
she should do porn...that would help her career

United States

#30 Feb 3, 2009
What's not to like about some curves?

She looks much better than those women trying to look like a stick mannequin!

Clintonville, WI

#31 Feb 3, 2009
She looks amazing! Jessica is a beautiful woman. Period!
Paul PR

Evanston, IL

#33 Feb 3, 2009
I really don't know what the big deal is. She is pretty and looks great. If she is healthy so what she has put on a few pounds.
Not that old

South Elgin, IL

#34 Feb 3, 2009
Who cares? And we wonder why young girls starve themselves when we continue to emulate starving actresses and models and put down normal sized women or anyone who puts on a pound or two. I loved it when Susan Lucci was told to "eat something" on Dancing with the Stars. Besides, she only grew into her boobs! But Daddy must be prouder than ever, something like "she's got those double D's and a booty to boot!" Hell of a way to speak of your own daughgter. Of course, if she had some talent other than big boobs, he might have something else to talk about....
Pay Attention Will Ya

Pittsburgh, PA

#35 Feb 3, 2009
Did you even pay attention to the Obama interview? "It was hurtful" was a tongue in cheek comment made in response to the fact that he has been cut out of the cover photo of his family in Us magazine in favor of a teaser about "Jessica's Weight Battle".
Given the struggles the print media is undergoing, you would think you would try to pay more attention, but then again that would be the exception rather than the rule.

Chicago, IL

#36 Feb 3, 2009
"Mall Cop" was the number 1 movie in the US for two weeks in a row, and you're asking why we like Jessica Simpson?

Stamford, CT

#37 Feb 3, 2009
The media is being used. This is an old trick that has worked for Oprah many times. Think about it people. Was Jessica even in the news at all before this? Can anyone name the date of her last album or movie? But now all of a sudden she is back in the public spotlight. This is all a clever ploy (nice work Joe Simpson) to get Jessica back in the headlines. The president even uttered her name! My guess is once she loses the weight she will be on the cover of no less than a dozen national magazines and will do countless interviews. Genius!!! And the public & media are going right along with it.

United States

#38 Feb 3, 2009
I am completely disgusted by their lack of talent and incredible success more than I am about some hillbilly's weight and her pin head sister. The controlling father is also an AH.

Birmingham, AL

#39 Feb 3, 2009
It's ironic that all these celebrities want to be idolized due to their appearance and then suddenly claim they're "normal people" when they gain some weight.

You can't have it both ways. If you want others to look at your body, they're not going to stop the second you gain a bit of weight.

and yeah- she's too far.

Birmingham, AL

#40 Feb 3, 2009

Buffalo Grove, IL

#42 Feb 3, 2009
What a pile of self-serving whining by the corporate media and a bad writer who obviously lacks the understanding of the First Amendment right to protected free expression that is completely unbecoming of anyone that wants to call themself a "journalist."

Who employs this Rex idiot? The Trib? You should either send him to a Law and Journalism class or fire this bleating hack.

Let me explain it for you, Rex, in simple terms that maybe even you can understand: The media, as you state, is free to comment upon the happenings and observations of public figures, especially as those public figures will sell more copies of your publication. HOWEVER, those public figures are ALSO entitled to free speech rights protected under the Constitution. That's right, Rex, celebrities are allowed to speak out against YOU as protected free expression!

Not a single quotation that you sampled from various celebrities who criticized the media overtly suggested censorship; they merely denounced your speech.

You see, Rex Huppke, in America, this is how free speech works. You, and your colleagues in the media, no matter how inept you are at understanding the underlying legal aspects of your job, are free to write whatever (nonlibelous) stories that you want and have those words protected under your First Amendment right to protected speech. Celebrities whom you criticize similarly retain that right to counter your use of speech. With your use of free speech comes the responsibility to be accountable for that speech, including accepting that some people will not agree and some may criticize.

Grow up and get a clue or find a new career, Rex.

Palatine, IL

#43 Feb 3, 2009
YES! The anorexic look was scary.

Westmont, IL

#44 Feb 3, 2009
...."everyone" (or no one) cares because her dad (yuk)kept talking about those DD's....her dad made this an issue in the first place by promoting her body, not her lack of talent....

Since: Apr 08

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#45 Feb 3, 2009
BumbleBee wrote:
Could I please have the last five minutes of my time back? If this is a news worthy story, it should be interestingly written.
It was rambling and boring...
Then why on earth did you continue reading it? You could have only "wasted" as little as 15 seconds of your life.

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