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First Models, Then Actresses, Now Political Bloggers Criticized about Their Weight

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/18/2009 4:26 PM   :  216 comments

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There are some topics I never tire of writing and researching: healthy cooking, saving money, yoga… and then there are topics I hope to never write about again, like women calling each other "fat."

Politics and body image are two topics that rarely intersect, though we've grown accustomed to the endless commentary on celebrity weight gain. Tyra Banks, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Love Hewitt have endured the media maelstrom. Each time, we shake our heads and wish that women could be valued for something besides their appearances. Though those women have been bestowed with musical, dramatic and other talents, it's the size of their thighs that most often makes headlines.

Now, Meghan McCain, a political blogger and the 24-year-old daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain, is being criticized for her weight. This time though, it was not the blogosphere or the tabloids taking aim. It is one person--another woman, no less!

A conservative female radio show host, Laura Ingraham, recently called the size 8-10 McCain "a plus-sized model" after McCain criticized another GOP pundit in a blog. The debate between the women until then had been strictly political, not personal. Then 44-year-old Ingraham struck what many in the media to consider a low blow: She insulted the weight of a woman young enough to be her daughter, a woman for whom she could be considered a role model.

McCain says she's a size 8 and that she was a size 10 on the campaign trail. That's smaller than the average American woman, who is a size 12-14.

McCain took the high road, appearing on ABC's The View to defend herself and denounce criticism of women's weight. She said:

"I'm a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I'm too fat to write…Everyone from Tyra Banks to Oprah to Hillary Clinton to my mother, why are we so obsessed with weight? Why?"

"There's no place for weight criticism of women in 2009. ... There's no place for any woman to have her weight criticized no matter what her age."

Watch the full video:


This incident raises a few questions:
1. Why do we resort to such low blows instead of keeping our arguments logical and intelligent? Instead of insulting McCain's credentials, her ideas or her writing, Ingraham went for the sucker punch: McCain's weight.

2. Why aren't men held to similar standards? In entertainment, politics and business, a man's looks don't automatically overshadow his talent. Women aren't as lucky. Female celebrities are criticized for gaining five pounds (Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke) or not being in prime catwalk-strutting shape (Tyra Banks), while men's weight and appearance is irrelevant. Look at TV and movies. Do you ever see an overweight or frumpy woman with a fit and handsome man? No, but the overweight, goofy man and thin, attractive woman is a common scenario (King of Queens, According to Jim, Knocked Up).

3. Why, as women, aren't we supporting one another? Ingraham was within her rights to criticize McCain's opinions, but the argument was not about whether McCain should wear the black polka-dot sheath or the purple velvet cocktail dress to the next GOP mixer or anything related to body image, weight or appearance. It was about a legitimate political issue. Women have fought long and hard to be considered more than a pretty face. Politics remains a venue where women are still fighting to get their foothold, which makes it that much more confusing that a political commentator would resort to such superficial comments.

4. What should we do about this? When their weight becomes an issue, most female celebrities give in and lose weight. Should they? According to the mainstream media, they look "better." But what kind of example is that sending to the rest of us?

Being too fit opens you for criticism, too. Michelle Obama's biceps have been called distracting by critics.

What do you think about this latest attack on a woman's weight? Do women have an obligation to refrain from criticizing other women's bodies? Is it ever OK to take aim at a person's weight? (Let's refrain from discussing politics in the comments and focus on the issue of body image.)


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  • JULIA1154
    216
    So Newt gets a pass on his size but Ms. McCain is lambasted? Ms. Ingraham clearly was out of her depth and resorted to childish taunts. - 1/20/2012   1:30:48 PM
  • 215
    Laura Ingraham has always been an a** so this is not surprising. To me personal attacks show that a person has nothing of value to say so they grasp at straws. Overweight at a size 8??? Good grief, tell that to my doctor who thinks I am a good wt. BTW I am a size 8. - 8/29/2011   8:51:08 AM
  • 214
    My own family does that to me. They make fun of my big butt and comment that I look like I am gaining weight all the time. I am 5'1." I can still wear a 2! I AM NOT FAT! - 4/12/2009   11:22:34 PM
  • KWALTERS5
    213
    As far as I can see it goes back to the idea that small minds resort to name calling- I'm not a fan of either woman, but it seems to me that if Laura had a legitimate argument to make she wouldn't need to resort to name calling- and that's all this is. - 4/6/2009   12:53:27 PM
  • 212
    I have raised my daughters to accept themselves and to use healthy alternatives such as eliminating junk food and exercising more to "change their bodies" if they choose to do so. They do not expect to be a tiny size and there are other priorities in their lives. I feel setting the example with healthy eating and exercising to "make a change" has helped them not to be "obsessed with weight" or have food addictions. It is sad that the public is so hypocritically judgmental with women, even now. Women are beautiful any size or shape. I am hoping Michelle Obama and her "biceps" set a new trend that muscles are beautiful on women and being fit does not define itself as a size 2. So many people, even celebrities struggle with weight and have all the health issues that go with weight gain. It is a choice to become healthy and we all should embrace and support one another in our healthy life journies. I am, however, a little "sick" of the size 2 or less image of Hollywood with silocone breasts; this is not a real woman and not a healthy one. Women such as Oprah Winfrey reach out to many with their heartfelt understanding of struggling with weight. I have seen a lot of food addiction in my own family and understand their torment; and I saw the deterioration of the health of my loved ones due to food addiction and poor health. Being judgmental is completely useless. - 4/4/2009   8:48:56 PM
  • JUNKSTUFF1
    211
    I'm betting every one of us has experienced negative comments about our weight at one time or another. Those comments are hurtful, but we've learned to ignore them or at least to get upset or angry in private. Celebrities don't have that luxury; they are expected to respond in public and not lose their cool. Do they sometimes "give in" to the comments and lose weight? Undoubtedly they do. So do we. But I can tell you that all the times I "gave in" to the negative comments and went on a diet, I ended up gaining it all back. It wasn't until I started losing weight for me, not the critics, that I began to lose regularly and actually change my habits in a positive and healthy way. Did the critics help me reach that point? Maybe they made me think about weight and weight loss and eventually get to the point where I decided to think more about me and less about them. I have to say that the worst critics of all, in my opinion, are doctors. They say cruel, unnecessary things to overweight people. In my case more than one said he would refuse to treat me unless I lost all my weight by my next appointment. Now, I was only getting annual physicals, but even so, losing that fast would not have been healthy and they should have known it. Thank heaven I finally found a doctor who managed not to be nasty and negative. So, it's not just stupid, unthinking people who criticize, it's also medical professionals who should know better. - 3/31/2009   3:11:54 PM
  • 210
    I think it's oldskool bullying. Commonly when a woman feels insecure or wants to feel better they put others down. It's not highschool/ middle school anymore, we should know better than this to critisize or judge others, why is it anyone elses business to do so? She is right, we should be supporting one another not cat-fighting, we need to set a proper example to our children.. Sad but true I feel that people will allways be throwing cheap shots around.
    Unfortunatly it is the negative things we remember the most and they can stick with us or we can be strong and roll it off. - 3/31/2009   9:47:30 AM
  • SLIMMOM7
    209
    Since when is a size 10 a plus size? - 3/30/2009   2:50:06 AM
  • EVIE13
    208
    I agree that all this weight criticism is rude, but most plus sized models are size 10-12. I don't think being called a plus-sized model is anything to be upset about. So the other lady was trying to call her fat, so what? Write her off as petty and move on. I've been fat since grade school and I've had my fair share of snide comments. The ones that hurt the most are the ones that came from people who were supposed to be my friend.

    The biggest problem I have with this whole thing is the fact that most of the women criticized go on a crazy diet and are back on the cover on the same magazine that called them fat (when they weren't) talking about the crazy diet and being gloryfied for it. If they would actually stand up for themselves and NOT lose the five pounds that wasn't bothering them, then maybe we can have a chance to have real bodies in the media again, whether you're naturally a twig or naturally a size 14. Health should be the focus, not size, and as long as the celebrity worship continues and they continue to give into the pressure, then nothing's going to change. - 3/30/2009   1:45:04 AM
  • 207
    It really just amazes me how cruel people can be. Obviously, Laura must have thought her comments would not ignite such a blaze of criticism back to her but this was a mistake on her part in assuming that she has the right to publicly humiliate anyone for such a widespread issue for everyone in America. If 62% of adults in America, men and women alike, are overweight or obese this should be a concern that inspires everyone to become allies in the fight for better health. We should not criticize others for their looks or weight because of our own ego or selfishness; we should stand alongside them and find any way we can to offer our help, ideas, support and motivation... all *despite* our own ego and selfishness. Those people who can rise higher than petty judgment of what they consider "flaws" of others are those who will receive the true appreciation from their public as someone with valid political opinions as well as an honorable character. - 3/29/2009   12:00:39 PM
  • 206
    I am truly ashamed of Laura Ingraham, to think that we are of the same gender. How utterly childish. To think that somewhat in her position would resort to something as infantile as commenting on someone's dress size. She obviously doesn't have anything worthwhile to say.
    Oh by the way, I am a size 8-10 and proud of it, considering I am down from a size 12-14! It took me 10 months to get there because I wanted to, not because someone had pressured me into it! When people gain weight, don't you think they know it? They don't need an infantile, childish person to point that out. - 3/28/2009   1:24:11 PM
  • 205
    I believe that people look at other person's appearances as a process of determining if they are a valid source of information. I don't believe that how you stand politically has anything to do with weight. However, if you are a public figure, the way you dress, look, hold yourself gives a message about your values, organization and priorities. I think in our own lives the same holds true. If you are running a gym and you are out of shape and overweight, who is going to attend your gym? What message are you sending. As a woman, I hate that I am judged for what I look like and if I am overweight, but if I am honest with myself, I know that I have probably done the same thing. The better goal is to be accepting of other people's body type. Not everybody is long and skinny. There are short, stocky, powerful body types. I think the main issue is whether you are healthy, in shape and eating healthy and responsibly. - 3/28/2009   11:00:03 AM
  • 1337KITTEHKAT
    204
    I think it's pretty sad that that woman didn't have anything intelligent left to say, so she went for dress size. ooo, I'm scared. To be honest, that should be a compliment to Miss McCain- obviously she outwitted her elder, if the only comeback is, well, you're fat! Congrats to her for being above it, really.
    Otherwise, though, I don't understand why we're all so weight obsessed. Really, I think Queen Latifah is the sexiest star around (not to mention smart, sassy, and way more positive than most role models today!) Curves are wonderful and if it befits your body type, do it. If you're naturally skinny, rock it, if you're bust is naturally luscious, don't be afraid to show it! If God gave it to you, don't be ashamed of it. - 3/28/2009   9:02:34 AM
  • 203
    It reminds me of the old story about the Father, his Son, and their Donkey.

    The story begins with the Father sitting on the donkey and the Son walking next to them as they rode through a village. Upon seeing this, the villagers criticized the Dad for letting his young Son walk AND for loading down the Donkey with his own heavier body weight.

    The Dad dismounted & let his Son ride the Donkey. Villagers again criticized them saying the Son had no respect for the older Father, who they claimed should be the one riding instead of the younger, more able-bodied Son.

    In a last-ditch effort to try & make the villagers happy, the Father & the Son both dismounted, tied the Donkey to a pole and they CARRIED the Donkey to where they were going.

    Even then criticism rang out. - - So, the story ends making a point that = Some people will always criticize you no matter what you try to do, so you may as well do what you think is best.

    As an additional comment we should realize that Women would do well not to rip each other apart on such petty issues!

    Also - - let us step back & acknowledge how terribly ethnocentric this criticism was! In many other cultures world-wide, a heavier set woman would be admired and desired more than a slenderized version.

    Thus, as long as the focus is in maintaining a healthy weight - - we should encourage one another in emotionally healthy & uplifting ways! (which do not include cattie types of remarks)
    - 3/27/2009   5:46:52 PM
  • 202
    Weight and woman has always been an issue. Back when Marilyn Monroe was in the spot light it was perfectly acceptable to have curves. In the 1980's it was all about aerobics and woman showing off in spandex. Now it is all about being stick thin to the point that they have no muscle and not fat. This has not only been for woman but now it is expected of men too. Good luck with that. Unless you are starving your body you will not look like that. It is unhealthy. We as a society have always complained about one thing or another with weight. It is true that more people are over weight then 10 or 20 years ago. It probably doesn't help that people spend very little or no time cooking for their families versus 20 years ago. It is now common place to eat out everyday at lunch and most evenings if not all. Plus restaurants find the cheapest way to make the food and it is over processed ingredients to make it even worse for you. In addition they also make portion sizes larger. My husband and I went to dinner for our anniversary and after having salad and soup that we shared we couldn't touch our main course since we where both full. Now that is us but when it came to many people in the restaurant they just kept stuffing themselves after the salad and/or soup. This is a sad statistic. And we wonder why we are heavier now. It doesn't help either that most parents stick a sugary bowl of cereal in front of their children every morning instead of making oatmeal or eggs. My children eat oatmeal sometimes for breakfast, lunch and a snack. Many children think it is gross and won't even try it. My point is that it starts young. First with what parents feed their children and where, like at the table or in front of the tv. Second little girls are hit daily with criticism from other girls at school, magazines and tv shows. We need a change but it will be slow. We as a population are at the very beginning of realizing how to better ourselves both by feeding ourselves with healthier alternatives and understanding that exercise is important. Last years gas price increase forced more people to riding bikes and alternate ways of getting to work. It was actually a good thing for people that could ride a bike to work. We need to take better care of our children and ourselves and stop the never ending unhealthy cycle of eating and weight problems one household at a time. - 3/27/2009   11:09:07 AM
  • COGLINE
    201
    Saying that you should only care about whats on the inside is just as superficial as saying that you should only care about their outside appearance.

    it should be more like 50/50, we shouldn't be expected to be attracted to slobs just because they're funny and smart.

    I'm not sure if double standard is the right word. if men value physical appearance more than personality and women value personality more than physical appearance(which is not necessarily true) then why would that make women more altruistic than men?

    - 3/26/2009   5:59:57 PM
  • 200
    This sort of thing makes me insane! I saw this girl on "The View" that day and I actually stopped doing the dishes just to listen intently. Its completely outrageous to me that anybody would call this girl a plus size anything. She looked like an average adorable woman who new how to speak...very well I may add. I would love to be her size!
    We need to stop judging each other by the outside and start looking at the content of our character. We over rate these stars because they dress well, have tiny arms and thighs, but how many of them actually do anything positive. We actually see a woman like Meghan Mccain and she is poised, bright and literate and Laura Ingrahm calls her fat. Even if she was overweight who cares!
    As much as this irks me though I hope that it will continue to to keep a dialogue open. What is character its when you can rise above what everybody else says and does and speak the truth. Maybe Megan got a little to close to the truth for Laura's liking. Low blow Laura, low blow.
    - 3/26/2009   12:52:43 PM
  • 199
    if your too tin people will critisice you,if your too fat people will critisice you,i think the best thing is not to be both,i really want to look beutiful,with sexy curves as a lady that am,but it is my business and not for people.lol - 3/26/2009   10:06:58 AM
  • 198
    It is sad when a political issue turns into a mud-slinging event. So what if you are a size 10? or 14? or even a 26? Big deal! Its not as if you are an evil person if you weigh over X amount of pounds. I look thru the scandal sheets (Enquirer, star, etc). One week you can be pregnant if you have the teeniest bit of a belly, complete with who is the daddy, are they getting married, etc. Then the same actress is called fat if not pregnant and critisized for being "fat". Then they lose weight and are called anorexic! There is just no pleasing some people! The only ones who really irritate me are the ones who will sit on a couch, eating chips, dip and candy, drinking pop/beer, smoking like a chimney and complaining about being fat and unhealthy. They really need to step back and take a long hard look at themselves!

    There is nothing more intimidating than a person who is completely confident in their own skin. Weight, looks, color, religion...etc, all can be attacked. But if that person stands strong, that person will be a force to be reckoned with! I am trying to teach this to my daughter, both thru words and examples. If more people lived as such, the people who live to put others down would maybe do some re-evaluating before opening their mouths! - 3/25/2009   1:37:29 PM
  • 197
    WHY?
    - Because old habits, prejudices and strategies are hard to get rid of. My impression is that men, the young ones loudest but middle-aged and elder too, still love to ridicule women so they feel superior: for being to prettied-up, not prettied-up enough, for not having an impressive career, for having an impressive career, and if all else fails: for being not attractive enough. It's an easy-to use insult and if the standards are just unrealistic enough it fits almost anyone.

    And it's doubly-seductive towards celebrities who are rich, famous and/or successfull because looking down on someone so high up gives even more of an illusion of power and superiority.

    And women, sad as it is, immitate men and their opinions. We learn it at school and don't grow out of it automatically.

    - WHAT to do?

    Speak out. Don't buy magazines that are forever going on about which celebrity gained/lost weight.

    If you read an article/blog entry on the internet that goes on about weight and you think it's out of line, comment and say so.

    The important here: if no-one protests, that is interpreted as "everyone thinks it's okay". If one protests, it's often dismissed as "just one thin-skinned complainer". A lot of people have to comment, write letters to magazines and tv stations for editors to get the message. But they'll get it eventually. - 3/25/2009   9:51:35 AM
  • AGAPE75
    196
    I am excited by this blog. It gives us as women a united place that affirms the notion that weight only should be about health.

    Laura Ingraham took a low blow in hopes of making Meghan McCain look bad. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Laura should get ready, hers is coming. Don't put negativity in the world if you don't want it back! - 3/24/2009   10:42:55 PM
  • 195
    It makes me so crazy most of the time when I see reports about these celebrity women being over weight that I have to turn the TV off. That's because the only thing I see with these 'over weight' women on TV is that..... and here's the big shocker.... they're actually real women with real problems and they're not made from air-brushed plastic after all!. The worst part is... the size they are... being accused of being fat... is the size some of us are working towards! I think they look absolutely gorgeous just the way they are! Why can't the media leave these people alone? Is this why all these people went to collage and are spending the next 25 years paying off student loans for a journalism degree they worked so hard to get... all so they could harass some women who happen to be 'shapely'? Please... their parents must be so disappointed. To think... you send your kid to college to get a journalism degree and all he / she does is chase some pretty girls to accuses them of being fat? Give me some real news, please! - 3/24/2009   8:33:06 PM
  • 194
    I'm so glad that someone has come out and said it, that it's not OK to critisize someone elses weight!

    Rock on! - 3/24/2009   8:14:10 PM
  • AMR0423
    193
    I am a political conservative and usually enjoy listening to Laura Ingraham. However, I do indeed think this was a "low blow". McCain's weight has nothing to do with the message she was trying to convey. It is a shame that Ingraham felt that she had to stoop to such a low level to respond to McCain's message. I am disappointed. - 3/24/2009   7:59:15 PM
  • 192
    Interesting blog and video…thanks for sharing it. For me, labels are just labels. I prefer to choose my own. Just as I choose to pick out my own clothes on a daily basis now that I'm old enough...and before I get so old, I'm not able to do so any longer. It is amusing that some find women, like First Lady Obama and Ms. McCain, who I perceive as beautiful, intelligent, independent, healthy, and powerful as threats…so terrifying that they must slap a negative label on them in an attempt to diminish them. These are the type of people I share one of my favorite quotes with...not that they get it… mind you...but it reminds me to allow them… to remain in a the negative space they choose to live in.

    Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;-Reinhold Niebuhr
    - 3/24/2009   7:54:11 PM
  • 191
    Thankfully, my size does not dictate the content of my character, the contributions I make to this wonderful world or the people I encounter each day. People will say all manner of inconsiderate things about you - don't live like what they say. - 3/24/2009   7:02:54 PM
  • SKIGIRL4
    190
    I think our society is becoming way to obsessed with weight. I cna't stand that women feel their worth si based on their size. Yes, do I feel better about myself since I've lost weight. But it is more because I am healthier for my kids then about my size. I think people need to start worrying about health issues and no the size you are. No weonder we have so many anorexic girls today. Get a life and find something real to critisize about. - 3/24/2009   6:23:32 PM
  • 189
    This is just so sad. I'm not a Republican, but I really don't think this has much to do with politics at the end of the day. The comment that Ingraham made was innapropriate because in a debate one should stick to primarily just the facts. Now granted, personal insults are always thrown around in politics, especially during, and right after an election season. However, you would never see John McCain stand up during a debate and say, "Mr. Obama, you're fat and shouldn't run for president," or vice versa. This of course leads into the other issue of why women are held to these ridiculous standards of having to look "stick thin," but men usually are not. I have no intelligent sounding answers to these questions except it is unfortunatly the culture we live in. - 3/24/2009   6:11:27 PM
  • 188
    Why should we defend ourselves against others critisism no matter what it is? When someone points out the fact I am fat, thin, late, early, messy or too tidy, I usually agree with them with a smile and dismiss the topic. After all, it is their problem and not mine. - 3/24/2009   2:57:03 PM
  • 187
    It is my opinion that women do this to themselves. If women are going to “work it” in public, why should they be surprised if the public tells them what’s not working. Women are so catty about size and shape; we have gone so far as to impose our belief of what is normal onto a doll that has been around for fifty years. The results: young girls with better self-image of their own body shape. Nope. All we have is a doll whose clothes no longer fit because their behinds are bigger, the bust is smaller, and the waist longer. Women who want to be sexy are usually the first to complain if someone other finds them less than attractive. I believe if we want the public to stop commenting on our physique, perhaps we should stop emphasizing our size and shape with the attire we chose to wear. - 3/24/2009   2:22:01 PM
  • 186
    I'm sorry but since when is a size 8-10 a plus size!!!!!! Are you kidding me???? Our society is so stuck on a womens looks that we are calling women who wear a size 8 fat????? No wonder our young girls end up annorexic and suffer for years with this horriable disease or end up being made fun of if they dont look like the models they see in magazines and either kill their self esteeme or turn to food for comfort and then really get to wear the plus size clothing which starts with an 1X(18w-20w)......I am tired of society basing a womens worth, intelegence etc on her clothing size! - 3/24/2009   2:14:46 PM
  • ERICB27
    185
    I just shrugged this one off, considering the source, although I did enjoy McCain's great response, good for her. Watch this great live clip of Laura on her TV show, and you'll understand why I shrugged it off. She's not exactly what you'd call a good person, LOL!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3lC
    fHtaR30
    - 3/24/2009   1:56:50 PM
  • 184
    Of course, I think it is unfair for society to judge women by their size. When they criticized Tyra, my thought was...she's retired from the runway, let her eat a little! And I felt so sorry for Ms Hewitt, she's so tiny to start with, and every man in my family has "appreciated" her curves :), so why do they try to find the worst pictures? Ms McCain served as a beautiful addition for her father's campaign, so why do they criticize her now???
    This discussion turned into a "third grade brawl" I can just hear little girls arguing and saying..."well, you're wrong because you're fat!" It's just resorting to name calling because they can't come up with a response that proves their point.
    This is nothing new...it's always been "ok" (NOT!) for thin people to criticize heavier people (not just fat or obese...just heavier than them!) and not get in trouble for it. It doesn't even have to make sense--like this case! - 3/24/2009   1:55:45 PM
  • 183
    Unfortunately too many of us judge people on how they look. We all need to look beyond this first impression. I left one of the Spark Teams because I felt that the comments about others were always negative and catty. Just because people are in the public eye does not give anyone the right to criticize them for the way they look! - 3/24/2009   1:27:58 PM
  • 182
    I read about this yesterday, in an excellent Leonard Pitts column available online here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/c
    olumnists/leonard-pitts/story/96026
    3.html


    The idea of attempting to randomly diminish a person's non-health-related opinions soley because of their weight is catty, juvenile, and shameful. - 3/24/2009   1:22:18 PM
  • 181
    I'm ashamed of a woman of my generation resorting to the tactics of a verbal cat fight. Young women of today need our encouragement in the area of image. She should not have attacked the person. - 3/24/2009   1:10:31 PM
  • 180
    There is still a lot of discrimination alive and well in our society. Those who do not fit the culture's idea of what constitutes a proper body size are discriminated against. Studies have been done showing that if a thin person and an overweight person interview for a job, all things being equal, the thin person will get the job. It is rude to comment on weight just as it would be rude to comment on color. It is also irrelevant. - 3/24/2009   12:48:56 PM
  • KATIE_BENZ
    179
    Small wonder that the come back for a political issue is "your fat". The best is when someone (most times men) calls a woman a B#@%$. They're at a loss and the only way to get the focus away from their stupidity is to attack in a childish manner. I always swell with a little pride when someone calls me that, because I know they had nothing else to say. Then I slap myself with some humility, because none of us is perfect. The worse thing is giving headlines to people who have no business being role models to our next generations. It is a great responsibility to be in the public eye because sadly young people do take what strangers say seriously. The fact that these strangers can throw a ball, carry a tune, or pretend to be someone else, makes them experts in how we dress, what we eat and how we treat others. Ms Ingraham needs to apologize for her rude remarks publicly (with sincerity) in order for her to re-join the human race. Step up the world is watching. Thank God Ms. Ingraham's ancestors weren't at the bottom of the ladder when it was time to evolve. - 3/24/2009   12:47:51 PM
  • 178
    We have lost our manners. I would never speak about someone's weight because it is not my business. Somewhere along the way we have forgotten common courtesy. Fighting fair is about the issues and not name calling. She probably would have called her the b word if she could have gotten away with it. This is not a political subject. It is a decency question. What was that old saying? "If you don't have anything nice to say . . ." - 3/24/2009   11:57:43 AM
  • 177
    As much as women we need to stand up for each other, i feel like its these situations that keep the negativity alive. So she commented on McCain's weight. The problem is how blown out of proportion it gets. She was not trying to say that she is fat she rather had nothing better to use to defend herself. A low blow yes, but why shouldn't McCain ignore the ridiculous comment and reply with her intelligence as to how a low blow will not effect her as it has nothing to do with the issues at hand and move on. This taking it to television and talking about it over and over and over again is what gives it power. If we didn't have to have a big discussion about it every time some one made a negative comment, the tabloids wouldn't report it anymore.... just seems silly to waste so much energy on it. - 3/24/2009   11:55:57 AM
  • 176
    I don't think any one should be criticised for any reason, especially weight! No one knows the reason a person weights what they do. They may have medical reasons, for some it may be medication, stress, maybe they just don't care; but it is no one elses business! And I agree "why are men not criticised like women are?" - 3/24/2009   11:41:31 AM
  • ANNEKE99
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    I've been looking for an excuse to stop visiting this website, and the reactionary ignorance exhibited here has provided the best reason that I can come up with.

    Thanks much. Buh-bye. - 3/24/2009   11:37:20 AM
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    After watching the video, I have to wonder if the "weight" dig wasn't so much motivated by Ms. McCain's actual size as maybe by perhaps age? Ms. Coulter and Ms. Ingraham are at least 20 years older than Ms. McCain. - 3/24/2009   11:32:10 AM
  • ROSEMARDORF
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    I think it was very unkind, and uncalled for!!! I think it would be great if people seen more
    of what's on the inside. Don't judge a book by it's cover...
    ROSEMARDORF - 3/24/2009   11:23:26 AM
  • 172
    It's refreshing to see the 'bigger girls of Hollywood" (e. g., Queen Latifah, J-Lo, and Co.) showing their curves and talking about their less than perfect bodies. Of course, some of these women have been advertising for Jenny Craig or whatever in the past also. So - what does that tell us? Diet and if it doesn't get you the results you think you're after, then get press on your body as is? Sometimes we're our own worst enemy! **JB - 3/24/2009   11:10:21 AM
  • 171
    The more I see Meghan McCain the more impressed I am with her. I first saw her on the Rachel Maddow show and was quite struck by her down to earth attitude. I'd guess that Coulter and Ingraham are suffering from fits of jealousy and genuinely do feel threatened by this rising star. - 3/24/2009   11:01:40 AM
  • CYNNANE
    170
    Well, frankly Laura Ingrahm resorting to name calling doesn't surprise me in the least. One criticizes and insults when they feel intellectually belittled, her calling McCain fat really only shows her own insecurities. As for criticizing people's weight/appearance in general, I think the only time that is acceptable is when someone is giving you health and weight related advice, and even then you need to be careful. My only example was when Dr. Phil decided he was an expert on weightloss, and I saw him tell people "you are over weight", "that is dangerous to your health", "here is an easy way to lose pounds." Well in my opinion if it is SO easy why hasn't he lost the extra weight that is dangerous to his health? I guess if his advice came from a place of commodore, i.e. "I know where you're coming from and I struggle to, but I have found that this works for me/others" I would accept it, but since it is accusatory and frankly doesn't work for him (or at least he is not going to put the time and effort into it) I can see it being fair to say "you are still overweight what are you doing to be more healthy?" Again, it is a fine line, but I think one that can be crossed delicately, but the mass media should not resort to calling each other fat because they cannot win a political argument, that is just sad. - 3/24/2009   10:43:46 AM
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    I am a tall. large boned woman. Even if I were just skin and bones, I would never bee smaller than a size twelve. The only person I take seriously about my weight is my doctor. Other comments come from people who have no right to comment about my size or weight. As I have tried to teach my daughter - eat healthy, exercise and wear clothes that compliment your figure. As long as you are comfortable with yourself, who cares about what others think! - 3/24/2009   10:43:30 AM
  • EMAKLINE15
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    I think there are far more important things to criticize the conservatives for then their weight. I'm a liberal and not a McCain fan at all, but let's focus on what's important in politics, the horrible economy, 2 wars and lack of healthcare to name a few, all of which the conservatives that have been in control for years caused. We has women should be working together to solve these problems not calling someone fat that wears a size 8. Since when is someone fat that wears a size 8 anyway? This whole issue is insane. The one thing positve I can say about Meghan McCain is that she is physically beautiful. She needs to look inside at her belief system and what is good for the American people and get some inner beauty. - 3/24/2009   10:41:41 AM
  • CHOCMOM
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    This didn't rile me up at all. All I have to do is consider the source: Laura Ingraham. Don't waste your time listening to anything this woman has to say. She is known for being rude and going for "personal" attacks - otherwise no one would bother to listen to her. I do not believe that the "public" is obsessed with everyone's weight as much as the media is. I think the media creates most of their own demand. Like when a celebrity passes away, the media will dig out everything they can on the person (good and bad) to include getting an interview with the person's 3rd grade teacher on the news talking about how they knew they (the celebrity) was going to be someone someday. I don't think the "average joe" cares. I don't believe the average joe has ever thought Cheryl Burk was putting on weight or thought Michelle Obama's biceps were distracting. - 3/24/2009   10:25:07 AM

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