It’s a fact that has been obvious for many years. How many magazines could you say didn’t have some story about a celebrity who was either too fat or too skinny today? I’d say the honest answer is none. The media, and now the world, has become completely obsessed with weight, to an extreme and worrying point.
This was shown to me in a clear fashion at the recent public appearance of Kate Bush at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards where she won an award for her latest album 50 Words for Snow. Bush has long since been known to shy away from the media, and thus was branded a recluse many years ago, with people failing to believe that she was simply raising her son and concentrating on her family.
Her acceptance of her award was, of course, completely dominated by the fact that this was her “re-appearance”. Nobody seemed remotely bothered that she had received an award, including the person who uploaded the video. I was delighted to see her funny and charming speech, and enjoyed seeing my favourite musical artist getting the recognition she deserves.
And then I read the comments. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised really, to see that the latest comment was completely and utterly focussing on her weight:
Nice Kate appeared in person, tragic she is clearly so conscious of her weight she feels the need to hide so much, & to the extent she won’t even bother appearing in promo videos or do any TV work-interviews/performances, or even do many photos for albums. Which fan would rather see crummy animation like ‘Lake Tahoe’ than Kate in a video? She has the money for chef/dietician/personal trainer if she is that concsious of it.
I was disgusted with this person immediately. How did they come to any of the conclusions that they seem to have rapidly come to? She’s conscious of her weight? Were they inside her mind as she made her speech? And she won’t bother appearing in promo video’s or do any tv work? This very appearance was a television appearance, and her music videos that accompanied this album were fantastic and often beautiful animations that she herself directed. This fan seems to have completely missed the point of the whole Kate Bush experience.
The last comment was what bothered me the most, however. “She has the money for chef/dietician/personal trainer if she is that conscious of it.” So not only has this person made a blunt and unfair observation about her weight, they have also made the assumption that she is unhappy with her appearance, and that as she has a successful music career, she should spend all her money on getting into shape so that she can fulfill her duty in life: to satisfy this one person, and their abhorrent obsession with weight.