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In a fluffy interview in Self magazine, Jennifer Hudson said she was prouder of her 80 pound weight loss than her Oscar. Some of her fans are understandably annoyed at this. However, I guess it goes to show how hard it is to lose weight.

You know what, though? If someone came up to me and said "I lost 80 pounds," I'd be like "Oh, okay. But that's your business. Why are you telling me that?" and "Yeah, you, Oprah and everyone else." and also "Come talk to me about it again in five or ten years if you haven't regained and then I might think it's interesting."

If someone came up to me and said "I won an Oscar," or especially "I'm a singer and I won an Oscar for the first movie I acted in," I'd be really, really impressed. I'd be thinking "This woman must be really brilliant and talented, and she must have worked SO hard and managed her career with skill and insight." If she wasn't thin and white, I'd be even more impressed. I'd think "This woman is so smart, hard working and talented that she has managed to make a great success of two careers while not looking the way many people in the entertainment business seem think that all women in the public eye should look."

Here are some quotes:

"In the neighborhood I'm from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out."

"You never know you're being discriminated against until you see what you've been deprived of. Everybody wants you to wear this or put you on the cover of that. Before, my career was great, but since losing weight, I haven't stopped. I have worked every single day of this year."

So... she's more proud of caving into pressure to conform than she is of winning an Oscar. Obviously, the best way to deal with prejudice is to do whatever's necessary to disassociate yourself from any maligned groups you're part of in order to escape it. Okeydokey.

Oh, Jennifer. I find myself hoping that there's some irony or sarcasm here somewhere, but instead I suspect that success - especially for women - is based mostly on a desperate desire to give people in authority what they expect. Talent. Hard work. Intelligence. And complete and unquestioning acquiescence. It's the formula that works. Am I the only one who finds this depressing?

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vesta44's picture
August 22nd, 2011 | Link | It's really sad that she

It's really sad that she thought she "stood out" because of her size and not her talent. It's also sad that before she lost weight, her career was great, but now that she's lost weight, she hasn't stopped working. What's so great about working all the time and not having any time to yourself/for your family?
I'm sorry, I don't watch a lot of TV or a lot of movies, so I haven't seen that much of her, other than that horrid commercial she does for Weight Watchers where she takes that song out of context and totally ruins the whole thing. Weight Watchers doesn't free anyone from anything - it enslaves you to their way of thinking/being/existing, that your life doesn't begin until you've somehow managed to make yourself "less". Sorry, that is just so wrong.

WLS - Sorry, not my preferred way of dying. *glares at doctor recommending it*

Bree's picture
August 22nd, 2011 | Link | I find it ironic that she

I find it ironic that she says she works a lot more, because the only things I see her in since the weight loss are those annoying WW commercials. Her last single didn't too well and the last movie I know about she did was Sex in the City 2.

I think this just may be a case where a lot of the public actually liked Jennifer bigger before she became a weight loss shrill. I post on a TV talk board where many of the members are not fat-friendly, and even they are tired of seeing her push WW.

richie79's picture
August 23rd, 2011 | Link | Agreed Bree. Like many

Agreed Bree. Like many personalities (Star Jones, Jordin Sparks, Queen Latifah; even a newly slim Dawn French is still voicing Tesco commercials), who found fame and popularity whilst fat and then publicly dropped a lot of weight, Jennifer Hudson has been notable only by her recent absence from the cinema and the charts. It would seem that most of the 'extra work' being thrown her direction has come from WW, and is anyone going to remember her for that now that she's disassociated herself from the USP which made her relatable and different in a media landscape of increasingly emaciated clones?

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - George Orwell

DeeLeigh's picture
August 25th, 2011 | Link | That's a good point, richie.

That's a good point, richie. To be cynical, maybe the public weight loss thing is something celebrities do at the tail end of their careers to try to get back into the spotlight long-term and failing that, to build up a retirement account, courtesy of a diet company.

pani113's picture
August 24th, 2011 | Link | Obviously she doesn't

Obviously she doesn't understand that the purpose of the media is to help sell products. That is why she is getting so much attention, they sponsors think she is a role model who will bring consumers to their products.
I also find it just plain pathetic that anyone would value diminishing themselves physically more than getting an Oscar. No wonder our society is in such decline!

"Fat can be beautiful. Intolerance is ALWAYS ugly!"

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