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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:00 PM

Fox News Wastes Four And A Half Minutes Criticizing Adele’s Weight

On Monday afternoon, while CNN was covering blizzard damage and MSNBC was speculating on the President’s State of the Union, Fox News spent exactly four minutes and 30 seconds analyzing whether pop singers Adele and Kelly Clarkson needed to drop a few pounds.
Using a random tweet from one viewer of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards as an ostensible reason to bring it up, Fox invited on guest nutritionist Keren Gilbert to scrutinize the two women’s bodies, and to offer her own suggestions as to how the women could lose weight:
CAVUTO: Well, Adele and Kelly Clarkson cleaning up . Now critics are saying they need to slim down and their current weight is nothing to idolize. Is that criticism fair?
GILBERT: We have processed food and we’re always struggling with — and people are saying, looking at Adele and saying, look at what she has accomplished. I could be overweight like her. I don’t need to address these issues in my life. And what I’m saying is Adele is a beautiful woman and so is Kelly Clarkson."

Not only is the whole conversation remarkably sexist — Cavuto and his guest glossed over the fact that Adele just had a baby — it’s also tired. Adele has addressed her critics’ constant barrage of insults about her body on several occasions, pointing out, “I would only lose weight if it affected my health or sex life, which it doesn’t,” and, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”
Clarkson’s weight has similarly been a constant topic of criticism, with gossip rags trying to put a number on the pounds that Clarkson has shed. The former American Idol star has discussed her weight loss, in terms of concerns about her personal health, though it’s actually none of Cavuto’s, or any fan’s, business either way.


http://thinkprogress.org/media/2013/02/11/1573871/adele-kelly-clarkson-fox-weight/

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:02 PM

1. Did they spend a couple of hours on Gov. Christie's?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:10 PM

2. That's 4.5 minutes they were not able to spend on Benghazi.

And 4 1/2 minutes of millions of women gritting their teeth, again, while being subjected to FOX programming. That's what I would call unsustainable.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:11 PM

3. Are you saying that is more of a waste than speculating about the speech or storm?

Yeah, it was a snowstorm. We get that. Get out your shovels and dig out. What is the point of talking about it, unless there is a serious discussion about climate change -- and I'm pretty sure there was no such conversation on any of those cable outlets.

And to me, it seems like a waste of time to talk about what Obama MIGHT say. We already know what he MIGHT say. There isn't anything newsworthy until AFTER the speech.

This is the problem with 24-hour "news" channels in a world that may only have 30 minutes of real news worth talking about. They could certainly take the NPR approach and go into more depth, but none of them do depth. They want everything to fit into a 15-second capsule, but they they have nothing to do for the other 86,385 seconds of the broadcast day. So how about that Adele, huh? Seems a little chubby, doncha think?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:16 PM

4. Fox News: the "no fat chicks" network.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:19 PM

5. I tell ya, I'm so d*mn sick and tired of faux I could puke......

I go up and down the dial when watching one show when advertisements come on and will stop by accident on faux and I just can not deal with their crap anymore.....I'm going to delete them from my line up. Ugh......

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:21 PM

6. Check out Adele performing.



No cleavage, virtually no skin showing, no scantily-clad gyrating backup singers. She won't make it far in the music business if you ask me.

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:36 PM

10. Love this! nt

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:43 PM

12. Also writes her own songs (lyrics)

And she made $35 million last year according to Forbes.

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:31 PM

14. She's amazing. Love her voice and music.

Plus, she just had a baby, so the criticizing her weight is even more out of line. She's a refreshing presence in a world of cookie cutter pop stars (who have their place, but shouldn't be the only images.) I think she's lovely.

I will also say I'm a fan of Kelly Clarkson, who has a really strong voice and whose music has a real attitude.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:22 PM

7. You know their beauty standard is a skeleton like Ann Coulter. n/t

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:31 PM

8. Too dumb to understand that its singers voices which matter

not their figures.

Dread to think what they'd have said about Alison / Alf back in day.




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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:40 PM

11. Alison Moyet. One of my favorite songs from the 80's. Thanks for posting.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:32 PM

9. they waste 24 hrs every day.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:03 PM

13. What in the flying fuck, I just looked up 2013 photos of both of them.

They are both perfectly healthy, certainly no heavier than the vast majority of people these days.

Shit like this makes my head spin.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:56 PM

15. I wonder what those idiots on Fox would have had to say about Kate Smith.



She had a TV show in the '50s when I was a teen, and I would watch it every week and never thought about her weight.

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