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More to Love

September 29, 2010
By JRsingersongwriter GOLD, HB, California
JRsingersongwriter GOLD, HB, California
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Favorite Quote:
"It's one thing to put yourself in someone's shoes. It's another to walk around in them." -Me!

"Hey, did you see that episode of Glee last night?" a classmate asks another as the teacher passes out the history final.

"Oh yeah! I loved it! My favorite character is Puck, what about you?"

"I like Mercedes...'

"That fat black girl?? She's so ugly!"

Okay, what's wrong with this situation?? The fact that the girls are talking during a test?? Nope.

The media is giving the impression that all beautiful girls have to be skinny. Not true! I will admit that Amber Riley (who plays Mercedes) may not be the thinnest celebrity on TV, but she is just as beautiful. And that goes for any plus-size TV star or singer.

When Kelly Clarkson gained weight, everyone started putting her down just because she was confident with her not-quite-skinny body. She is an AMAZING singer. I agree that it is disgusting to be obese, because that is unhealthy. And I feel sorry for anyone who has to deal with that, just like I'd pity those who have to experience eating disorders.

But seriously, what's wrong with a larger body?

Would you go to a plus-size fashion show? (Jordin Sparks was a plus-size model, and she looks great!) What about buying a magazine with only celebrities that WEREN'T size 0.

Keep that in mind next time you decide to judge someone (famous or not) because of their weight/body.

The author's comments:
I'm not overweight; in fact I'm actually underweight and that's a problem for me. But I do hope that people will stop judging everyone based on their looks.

BTW I know I wrote this in sort of a "why are you judging them?" point of view (ex. the last sentence) but it's rhetorical. I'm not saying that YOU personally judge people I'm talking to America. ;) Opinions welcome in the comments!

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This article has 3 comments.

on Oct. 7 2010 at 7:49 pm
I like the point you're trying to make, but in all honesty, it seems a little overplayed. I don't think that the media has the responsibility to be concerned over girls' body image ideals. And the media is actually getting better about this;  A whole episode of Glee from the first season was devoted to the point you're trying to make, where Mercedes learns that being skinny isn't everything. America's Next Top Model has a plus-sized winner, and a whole season of short models only. It's not all bad. I felt like your point could have been more influential if you backed it up with more facts and statistics, not just personal experiences.

on Oct. 3 2010 at 4:33 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

This is very well put; it's so sad how much people judge others. I overheard a couple of girls at school discussing how much they hate a girl they didn't even know (just because of her hair!) I'm glad that you're above that.

poppy_lin GOLD said...
on Oct. 2 2010 at 3:23 pm
poppy_lin GOLD, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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agreed. i am underweight and sometimes being called anerexic and bulimic is just as hurtful. you can't judge someone by their cover.

thanks & cheers!