Adele and Kelly Clarkson both took home trophies at the 2013 Grammys–and they both were subject to more stupid, pointless scrutiny about being deemed overweight. Fox News dubbed a whole segment to it on Neil Cavuto’s show, based only on the Twitter responses of a bunch of bored nobodies wrote on Twitter.
In any case, they brought on a nutrition expert named Keren Gilbert who said that if Adele or Kelly Clarkson walked into her office to lose 10 pounds that she wouldn’t turn them away. But she does concede that, though she labels them as overweight, that they’re both beautiful (That last part we already knew).
(Note: While we know you’re tempted to be like, “Ugh, who asked you?” and we agree with that sentiment, Fox News clearly asked Keren Gilbert to be on the program, or else she wouldn’t be there.)
Gilbert goes on to talk about how doctors use the BMI to measure body fat and determine a healthy weight, despite the science behind it being disputed (more on that here) and it often being inaccurate because muscle weighs more than fat does–so a BMI scale can easily point to a really fit person as being overweight. The dietician also acknowledges that Adele just had a baby (but not that Kelly Clarkson just lost a bunch of weight), but then whines that we’re “a nation of excuses.”
Even though Adele is actually British. But whatever, who cares about accuracy, amirite ladies?
Cavuto actually attempts to defend Adele and Kelly and the other stars and civilians that Gilbert would consider overweight, but he in essence just says that skinny people can be sick too, and that she herself may be too thin . . . which is just another form of body shaming, though an accidental one. You can watch the cluster-eff here:
And dude, if they can get on Adele and Kelly Clarkson for supposedly being overweight, why isn’t anyone picking on Marcus Mumford? Oh, right. Sexism. But that’s a whole other blog post.
Do you think Adele and Kelly Clarkson were unfairly targeted for being overweight? Do you think Kelly Clarkson and Adele are responsible to be role models and therefore shouldn’t be overweight? Do you think the media picks on females more than males in terms of overweight celebs? Do you think Fox News should have bothered having Keren Gilbert on their show if they were just going to basically tell her to shut up? Tell us in the comments!