People had been buzzing about how Jessica Simpson would be on Oprah and how she was going to talk about John Mayer. In the 20 minutes of airtime she had, John was only a couple minutes. Which is truly sad since Simpson was there whoring out the idea that we’re all beauty – and oh yea – her new reality show about “The Price of Beauty”.
I suppose Jessica Simpson, in some ways, is someone Americans can relate to. Jessica cries easily and she’s not threatening intellectually or even in terms of talent (if her music career was so good, she’d just be a singer and not trying to creating Jessica Simpson brand shoes, hair extensions, jewelry, perfume, etc). And I can even understand the idea that a blonde haired beauty would be the one we want to hear “no, it’s okay to not be size 4, or perfect, or to have silky hair” if we actually believed it.
The very fact that Jessica Simpson pawns products to perfect yourself is just the start of the proof that Simpson is just doing what’s convenient. But more than that, I watched the interview. She is there with her entourage of two friends, and doesn’t seem to know what she’s doing. She’s just a celebrity spokesperson. And she’s not even authentic.
And then on Oprah, they showed the picture of the “Mom jeans” she wore. And Jessica seemed proud to announce more than once that she is a size 4, sometimes a size 6. And those jeans? A size 6. Explaining how sometimes people comment about her not being as big as they thought, she said, “People think I’m 245 lbs. It’s really hard.” The entire thing came off like Simpson was saying she was okay because she knew she was only size 6 or sometimes 4. At no time did she say it was okay to be a size 10 or 12. She came across as snotty without meaning to. But it was pretty clear she was saying “Stop judging me America, I’m beautiful and thin! But also, hey – beauty is all, you know, some people don’t have pretty faces and we can still call them beautiful, right?” It was not a secure statement or presence that she presented on the show. She does not seem secure. And for someone with a sister who had radical nose re-shaping, it was ironic for the rest of the show to be about how sad it is when people decide to change their outer appearances so drastically just for aesthetic purposes.
Because you DO want to know what Jessica Simpson said about John Mayer, I’ll tell you. ““It made me so sad, and it was really discouraging because that’s not the John that I knew… I hope he gets his life together… He did apologize. I don’t accept it.” She went on to say “It’s just one of those things that… I don’t resent him. I’m just going to let that go. That part of my life is over.” Right. For now. While she has a reality show. Later she’ll have another famous boyfriend. Because this is a girl who can’t seem to self-validate.
“I’m not angry. I’m — well, I’m a little bit angry … I’m a little bit angry,” she confessed. “Um — well, I don’t want people to know how I am in bed. I guess it could have been a lot worse.” Ya think? Being outed as being good in bed is not the WORST thing that could have happened to you. I think it was worse for her image when she was on her Newlyweds show and admitted she didn’t know anything about tuna.
“I finally relaxed and I don’t care what people have to say about my weight,” Simpson said as she glowed from her makeup and perfectly glossy blonde hair. “I think I look great.” The message is far too mixed. She should not be allowed to have reality shows. She should not be allowed to affect young teenagers because she’s not someone who’s going to help anyone’s self esteem.
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