Women Who Make Us Ask WTF?: Kirstie Alley

Posted at 12:30 PM May 12, 2009

By Jennifer Mathieu

So Kirstie Alley is "fat" again, and she won't shut the hell up about it.  (And can I take a second to add that I don't even think she looks that bad?  She's a little thick, sure, but she's still a good-looking lady in my opinion.)

In a recent interview with People, the former Jenny Craig spokesperson prattles on about how she loves butter and Chinese food too much, and beats herself up for gaining back all the weight she lost on the famous weight loss program.  (Hmm...do you suppose being paid to lose weight and having prepackaged foods delivered to the house and then having those things disappear had anything to do with the weight gain?  Just wondering.)

Kirstie is making the media rounds, appearing on Oprah and in all the tabs to discuss her weight.  I know it's a tired drum to beat, but if a male celebrity had lost and gained back weight, would anyone care?  Everybody with me now, No.

If Seth Rogen gains back the weight he's taken off recently, will that make him less appealing in the eyes of Hollywood?  Will anyone even notice?  No.  If Al Roker starts packing on the pounds again post weight loss surgery, do you think The Today Show will kick him off the air, and he will be forced to do the mea culpa thing a la Carnie Wilson?  No.

In one of the most distressing quotes in the People interview, Alley admits, "I have to be below 140 to really look good. I have to work my legs like crazy. Actually, do you want my real goal? My real goal's always too low. I love the way I look at, like, 128. One time on Cheers, I weighed about 148 lbs., and they told me to lose, like, 20 lbs. Now, I'm 5'8", so at 148 lbs., I wasn't fat. But they're saying, "You know, you need to lose 20 lbs." So what does that put me at? 128. That's where I keep getting this number."

My God.  I think that pretty much speaks for itself.  All I'll add is that I wish Alley would stop focusing and talking about her weight so much and go back to being the funny, sassy comedic actress we know and love.  And I wish that the popular press and the entertainment industry would let her do it.


Andy said:

"If Seth Rogen gains back the weight he's taken off recently, will that make him less appealing in the eyes of Hollywood? Will anyone even notice?"

I think maybe if Seth Rogen's career consisted of braying on and on about his weight yo-yo, anyone who cares about such BS would notice...yes. Does Kirstie Alley actually do anything except talk about her weight?

The Red Queen said:

If Seth Rogan gains back the weight, everyone will notice. But Seth Rogan isn't going to go on national tv and explain his weight gain to America. He's not going to care. When the media asks him about it, he's going to make a joke about it. Seth Rogan also isn't parading around in a bikini talking about his weight loss.

Also, how many women do you know that sit around talking about his fat ass. I don't know many, but when Kirstie spent every five minutes updating us on her Jenny Craig weight loss, well I'm going to get snarky when she gets big again. It's about reveling in her failure. Women are cruel like that -- there's been several hundred studies done on it. A good book to read is "Women's Inhumanity to Women."

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