Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
I'd love to see 'above normal.'
I have to laugh.
The fact is a large portion of inert Americans take their cues, not only from big government, but from Hollywood celeb types that are fondly looked to for guidance about our diets and physiques. And yet, despite all the public sector lecturing, we still can’t seem to figure out what’s best for our bodies, no matter how hard we search for answers from highly regarded star entertainers.
Take for example…
Britney Spears’ lackluster performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
Spears was panned, widely criticized for poor execution onstage, and because she was considered to be too fat. Most, if not all of the pot shots came from catty women who couldn't fit in a phone booth. Not to mention they'd kill for a body like the one pictued above. The media claws came out.
“Lard and Clear,” read a headline in the New York Post. “The bulging belly she was flaunting was SO not hot,” wrote E! Online. (So-called experts predicted it was the end of Spears’ career. Yeh, right.)
If Spears was too fat, then she was a perfect ad and poster child for millions of tummy tucks.
Immensely talented country singer LeAnn Rimes back then was flaunting her latest super-sleek look in various tropical locales.
Thin and proud of it. In our all-too obese nation, shouldn’t Rimes hve been elevated to role model status? Let’s go to the online comments:
Damn! Is her daddy named Skeletor?
Good lord, she is disgusting!!
…someone get Skeletor here to a MickeyD's and shove french fries down her throat, quick!!!!
She looks like a holocaust survivor .
that's just as bad as being obese and wearing a bikini. there's nothing attractive about being that skinny.
She looks like a human zombie
To be honest she looks like a man. She is disgusting to look at..
She looks terrible. More like a senior citizen.
And then there were the countless jabs urging Rimes to start eating...Big Macs, Twinkies, anything.
Certainly Rimes appears mighty thin, like one of those runway models that no other woman I know looks like. But Rimes, a la the Marty Robbins country classic tune “Don’t Worry About Me” said she was healthy and felt great. Besides, haven’t we all been scolded to death to drop some pounds?
One would expect cheap shots from anonymous commenters on the Internet. Rimes was also blasted by an unexpected source: entertainment reporter and fashion commentator Giuliana Rancic.
At the time Rancic and her husband were about to open a new restaurant in Chicago, and Rancic told the Huffington Post she’d love to invite Rimes to her new place for dinner.
“She lost a lot of weight from all the stress in her life," said Rancic. "She seems a little thin right now and I think she looks great when she's a bit curvier."
Really, Giuliana? You’re not exactly Queen Latifah.
Rimes Twittered a reply to Rancic:
“@GiulianaRancic hey, we should go to dinner sometime. You get criticized all the time for how small you are. You can see just HOW much I eat and maybe put a stop to this crazy "shrinking" once and for all.....oh, & then we should workout together! Good luck with your restaurant!!!!”
Rimes would later add, “"I just don't appreciate her comments. So I really would love for her to hang with me, see who I am. I am a person, you know."
In my view, Rancic was out of line. A formidable food police is already in place. We don’t need to be their lieutenants.
Finally, women commenting on the Internet are calling Miss Indiana "thick"? So how would they describe themselves? JumboTrons?
What a difference it is with men. They see in Miss Indiana a charming, lovely, bright young woman. Fashion and physique critics they are not. They could care less.