Ashlee Says, ‘She’s Not Heavy; She’s my Sister’

The pictures of Jessica Simpson’s performance at the Radio 99.9 Kiss Country’s annual Chili Cookoff in Florida over the weekend have been on just about every blog post, newspaper headline, or entertainment and celebrity gossip show ever since they first hit the wires and all kinds of theories have been formed about just how Jessica gained all this weight without anyone noticing and what is all the extra weight from – pregnancy or overeating? Well one person certainly wants to put an end to the speculation and not by giving their own theory but by simply telling us all to shut our mouths. That person is Jessica’s sister, Ashlee, who wrote on her blog,

“I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight,” Ashlee writes on her blog after photos appeared of Jessica, 28, at the Radio 99.9 Kiss Country’s annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Under the headline, “Since when did a woman’s weight become newsworthy,” Ashlee says: “A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure.”

She adds: “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.”

I agree and disagree with Ashlee. Firstly yes, there are certainly more important things going on in the world than Jessica’s weight and I do think that headlines like this promote bad body image and promote low self-esteem. I don’t however, think that Jess was born any particular ‘shape’, ‘form’, or ‘size’, as Ashlee seems to be disdainfully referring to here. We have all seen Jessica at her former weight and it was what, by industry standards, would be ‘normal.’ I’m not agreeing with it or condoning it but it’s a fact that she used to be skinny and now she’s not as skinny. 

I do have my own issues with this story that I consider to be more important than Jessica’s weight. The first is that I don’t think that she is actually overweight but I really do think that she needs to be wearing something else. Yikes – that belt hurts my eyes! Secondly and most saddest I think, is the fact the Jessica Simpson’s career is truly down the toilet. Seriously – she’s performing at a chili cook-off for a radio station!

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