Here’s Chloe Marshall, the size 16 Miss England contestant who’s been getting all sorts of attention lately, in the pageant’s bikini photo call.
It’s a cute Cinderella story, that’s for sure, but I’d be lying if I said I looked at this girl and saw physical beauty. Does that mean she is not a kind, intelligent, valuable human being? No, absolutely not. Does she really have a place in the Miss England beauty pageant? I don’t think so. Like, let’s get honest: there are plenty of awards to be won in this world for kindness and intelligence and making other important contributions to society. And then there are beauty pageants. And I don’t think everyone has to be anorexic, but there are very healthy ways, through diet and exercise, to achieve a body in line with our society’s definition of beauty. This girl does not have a proportional body, and has clearly not gone to much of an effort to achieve one, so why does she get to compete in the Miss England pageant? Are we giving a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize to Saddam Hussein, just to prove that there are many different interpretations of “peace”? No, we’re not, because we, as the Western World, have come to a general consensus on what defines “peace,” and Saddam Hussein’s actions don’t fit into that, so we’re not going to award him a peace prize. Similarly, we’ve come to a general consensus on what defines beauty (you think these bikini pictures are going to end up on posters on the walls of teenage boys?), and beauty pageants ought to be judged as such. Just my two cents.
But props to her for having the courage to be there as a role model and take all the press, good and bad, that comes along with it.
April 4, 2008 at 10:04 pm by Evil Beet
Thursday night’s episode of The Office paid tribute to Nathan Robinson, a 15-year-old high school student who died on March 14 of “flu-related complications” and was a huge fan of the show.
The episode ended with an “In Memoriam” and the clip above, of Nathan playing the show’s theme song on the piano.
Producers of The Office learned about the teen when the Boston Globe ran a story on him after his death.
This is so sweet, and really wonderful of the folks at The Office, but what I want to know is how a 15-year-old boy dies of “flu-related complications.”
The Boston Globe piece is here. It says:
Nathan, a 15-year-old freshman at Newton North High School, continued to play the piano, and later the clarinet, every day until just before his death Friday of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, pneumonia, and influenza at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Can someone please explain this to me? How can you not be able to treat the flu in an otherwise healthy teenager? This just makes me angry.
Anyway, Nathan seemed like a kickass guy, and I’ll keep his family in my prayers.
April 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm by Evil Beet
Here’s the New Kids on the Block announcing their reunion on the Today Show.
This is insane. I cannot believe how excited people are about this. Who are these people? Seriously, guys, let go of the mid-’80s. Just let it go.
The interview is actually kind of amusing, though. When they’re asked what fans should expect from the New Kids this time around, Joey McIntyre responds: “The economy, healthcare and job security.” Heh.
Part two of the interview is after the jump.
Also: I have no idea if there’s any truth to this, but a video for a song called “Click Click Click” is wandering around the Internet, and it’s supposedly their new single. I’ve included that after the jump, too.
April 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm by Evil Beet
I am such a huge loser, but I’m actually really excited for the new LiLo album. I loved her first two, and I’m excited for the next one, which is reportedly going to be released this fall.
“She already has four songs [completed]. It’ll be a fall release and they’re looking to sneak a single to radio this summer,” says a source.
Oooh, if they’re looking to get a single on the radio this summer, it means tracks should start leaking online any minute now.
April 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm by Evil Beet
Hillary continues to promote her new campaign platform — “Hillary Clinton: Not Actually An Evil Robot” — with an appearance on the Tonight Show where she makes yet another funny.
“I was worried I wasnâ€™t going to make it â€” I was pinned down by sniper fire at the Burbank airport,” she says about 30 seconds in.
I actually think Hillary Clinton probably does have a great sense of humor. But comedic timing and delivery isn’t really her forte. It’s cute that she’s trying, though. I think it actually accomplishes the goal she has in mind — to humanize Hillary Clinton in the minds of the American voters — but not in the way she intended. Instead of being like, “Oh my gosh, Hillary Clinton is so funny, I had no idea,” I’m like, “Oh my gosh, Hillary Clinton is bad at something. How cute is that!” It’s like in My Best Friend’s Wedding when Cameron Diaz gets up to sing and she’s just so damn horrible but the whole thing actually makes you like her more? Hillary Clinton’s jokes are like Cameron Diaz’s bad singing.
April 4, 2008 at 3:33 am by Evil Beet
Naomi Campbell was released on bail on Friday after being arrested for spitting at a police officer at an airport.
Naomi’s been arrested more than once for shit like this, and she always gets off with a slap on the wrist. She’s never served a minute of jail time. But spitting on a police officer? God, I hope they throw the book at this chick. Her best bet at this point is to check herself in for some serious rehabbery, because I think it’s safe to say homegirl’s drinking again.