Kelly Clarkson is one of our generation's best and most underrated pop stars, with a slew of hits under her belt. And while she does her job — which, to be clear, is as a singer — incredibly well, lately everyone from anonymous Internet bullies to actual public figures have felt the need to comment on something that has zero to do with her amazing voice: her weight. Kelly has never cared about being your typical size 2 starlet, but some people have failed to get the memo. Such was the case with the likes of Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace and radio DJ Mike Gallagher, who have insulted Kelly's body repeated over the past several weeks. However, it seems that they finally got a collective conscience, as both men have now apologized to Kelly Clarkson for their rude and insensitive remarks.
In a statement issued to E! News on Sunday, Wallace said: "I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent
and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her." Meanwhile, Gallagher took to his website to state his own version of an apology, writing: "Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone’s
weight. I couldn’t possibly feel any worse than I do for making an
observation that led to the conclusion that I 'fat-shamed' this talented
and classy entertainer. It was a really stupid thing for me to do." Yeah, you can say that again.
Whether or not you're "tubby" yourself or you're not really a fan of someone's art, there's absolutely zero reason to bring a person's physical appearance into things — especially considering that whenever this happens, it tends to be a woman who takes the heat.
An insult in which you say someone should "lay off the deep dish pizza" is not only rude and unnecessary, it's also ridiculous. Wallace and Gallagher felt they were able to comment not only on Clarkson's physical body, but also what they assumed her diet must be. Newsflash: Not all people who fail to meet your standards of lithe attractiveness are fat slobs who gorge themselves on fast food 24/7. Clarkson likely has more things in life to focus on than fitting the standards of beauty held by a Fox News pundit and a conservative radio DJ.
While their apologies are a good step, they mean little in the grand scheme of things. Hopefully, though, it'll make them think harder in future before so easily spewing their prejudices on the air.
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