10/13/07

I never thought ET was real journalism...

So of course I'm taking it easy the last two days, besides this morning's friendship run at RR with John Stanton, who came up and bugged me about looking cold (it's frickin 5 degrees out buster. Why the hell are you wearing shorts? no one needs a hero!). It was a good time. Kathrine Switzer gave us a little talk, who was very inspiring to say the least(and pimped books like nobody's business), some Runner's World honcho was there and a number two ranked marathoner (or half marathoner - was only sort of paying attention as it made me feel about --> <-- this big). But last night I fed my bed some ass and had some quality time with my tv which included stumbling upon this little gem on ET. Apparently people are concerned about a contestant's body image on survivor as she may be giving young women the wrong impression and they may want to emulate her. UH, HELLO?! You put a big group of people in a deserted locale and you remove the basic necessities of life from them. You're pretty much forcing starvation and CREATING eating disorders. There's potentially more than one poster child here... But you have in effect just drawn MORE attention to her than before. I don't watch survivor, many other teens probably don't but they could be getting their daily gossip on ET. Plus, who's to say that this chick does or doesn't have a disorder or maybe a medical condition where she can't gain weight? I'm not saying she is or she isn't, but let the girl speak for herself and get help if she is. I almost wanted to hear about Britney and her brats instead! True, the girl looks like skin and bones, but I know people IN REAL LIFE that look like that who can out eat me at a buffet who have no disorders whatsoever. They have other conditions in their lives that make it hard for them to gain weight and it's unfair for people to judge their lives based on their own views. In all seriousness, an eating disorder is something that should have been found out in a screening process for the show to begin with. One would think they would have to go through rigorous medical evaluations to get onto such a show as their bodies are going to go through hell and back with the drastic changes in diet they experience, I would think CBS's lawyers and medical staff would be all over that one. But good on ET to vilify her without facts or truths and highlight that not only is survivor starving its contestants in its quest for money, fame and glory, but one of them was already well on their way before they got off the boat. Kudos kiddies.

3 comments:

Keith said...

hey babe...
thanks for this! As a person who can eat 3500 calories a day and not gain a pound on my measly frame, I can appreciate your concern for this poor girl. Maybe ET should be spending some time villifying the other 900 "actors/actresses" that promote unhealthy body images, and leave the poor starving girl alone.
Sheesh.

Israel said...

good point about the eating disorders issue.

Angie All The Way said...

I watch the show and I gotta admit, I almost posted about her after last weeks' show. I realize that there are people out there who have conditions and what not that make it difficult or impossible to gain weight, but I simply can't stand the sight of her. It makes me cringe, I can't help it. It doesn't help that they are all running around in their underwear which only puts a spotlight on her body. I was surprised when I saw her in the first episode that Survivor had a contestant who looked so frail BEFORE being nearly starved. You assume they go through the medicals etc., but I'm sure the only thing they really care about is if they sign the waiver. I don't think it necessarily sends a bad message because, quite frankly, she looks BAD and I can't imagine anyone wanting to emulate it.....yeck.

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