I’ve been hearing a lot about Jessica Simpson in the news. One day the public loves her, the next day they’re downing her. I don’t know much about her personal or private life, but based on what I have seen, I don’t view her as a bad person. She comes across to me as a kind-hearted individual, who just so happens to be going through a weight battle — just like over half of the country.
What gets me is the fact that there are so many in the media, and the public (for that matter) who are so quick to judge others simply because they are celebrities. I’ve gotten some arguments that because people like Simpson are in the public eye, they have to maintain a certain physical standard. Hmmm…I thought about that statement for a while, and the more I thought about it, the more I concluded that we are all in the public’s eye. Think about it…every time you go shopping at your local Wal-Mart, TJMaxx, Target, Sears, JCPenny’s, Macy’s, Publix, the Mall, McDonalds, Steak & Ale, Hardees, Outback…well, you get the jist — aren’t YOU in the public’s eye? Aren’t you being judged by others? How would it feel to you if every time you went out in public, someone wrote a feature about you — your looks, your clothes, your hair, your voice, your friends, your family, your kids, your spouse, your car, your house…etc.?
I imagine we’re all guilty of sizing others up. While we’re eating in a restaurant or strolling through the park, or walking along the beach…we’re looking at other people. Some of us might be thinking, “my god, she really shouldn’t be wearing those short-shorts…” or “…did he get his hair cut at the meat shop?” While we may be thinking these thoughts to ourselves, we certainly wouldn’t walk up to a perfect stranger and say the things we’re thinking, would we? But why not? They’re in the public eye, aren’t they? Aren’t we in the public eye?
Truly, we are celebrities in the definition of our own minds. We are out in public, therefore, we become celebrities. No, we’re not starring in fashion shows or films, but we are our own representatives. We fashion ourselves to look a certain way, think a certain way, and be a certain way. No one is perfect. We all have our share of faults and inequalities. Some of us are wealthier than others, some of us are skinnier, some of us are smarter, some of us are more healthy…but we all bleed red. We all cry when we are hurt. We all weap when we lose a loved one. We all laugh when we hear something funny. We all love because we all have hearts.
Far be it from me to “weigh or not to weigh” someone’s inequities. Simpson, just like all of Hollywoods’ public figures have private lives — like us. We’re no better than they are; and they are no better than we are. We’re all just people. I don’t want to be ridiculed and scrutinized no more than Simpson. I don’t think any one wants that type of treatment.
Simpson is a beautiful woman, who has never done anything bad to me or to anyone I personally know. Why would I want to judge someone for an indiosyncracy that I probably have myself?
Just some thoughts…