And just who were these critics body-bashing the "courageous" Jessica Simpson? One or two anonymous bloggers on a gossip web site.
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There's little doubt that fat bias exists, and of course it's unkind to make fun of anyone for their physical appearance. But in their rush to express their indignant outrage over comments about their weight, these celebrities and their defenders miss an important point: The insulting, attention-seeking bloggers who criticize celebs for a few extra pounds do not represent a national fat-hating media bias, nor the American public's opinion. No one took a poll of Americans and found that most think that Cyrus or Simpson needs to lose weight.
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The fact is that outside of the paparazzi-infested Hollywood bubble (the so-called "thirty-mile zone" from which the gossip TV show TMZ gets its name), most of us don't care. Americans are busy worrying about our own lives and couldn't care less if Miley Cyrus put on a few pounds or if Jessica Simpson looks good in a bikini. These nameless critics don't reflect anyone's opinions but their own, and by taking the bait and responding the stars just give their critics the attention they want.