For someone who doesn’t watch American Idol, I sure do spend a lot of time blogging about it. I can’t help it if the show is imbedded in the American consciousness, and occasionally raises some interesting issues. Take, for instance, something I read this morning on idontlikeyouinthatway.com:
Meme Roth of National Action Against Obesity is going to be pissed today because she said Jordin Sparks is too obese to win American Idol. Roth says that Sparks, the 17 year old winner of this year’s American Idol and daughter of former NFL cornerback Phillippi Sparks, sends a bad message to a society in the midst of child obesity crisis.
“When I look at Jordin, what I see is heart disease, I see diabetes, I see high cholesterol.”
Ooooh, Meme Roth, don’t you even! I was just remarking last night how beautiful Jordin is, and how refreshing it will be to have a teenager in the spotlight who doesn’t look like a human Bratz doll. She is a tall girl, and I would say height/weight proportional. Not by any stretch of the imagination is she obese. Perhaps Meme should expand her efforts to include all manners of eating disorders, and concentrate on helping children and young adults gain a healthy body image, instead of condemning them for not all being built like waifs. And when she’s done there, she can kiss Tyra’s fat ass!