Want to talk to another reporter?

It’s time for me to ask for your help with the media once again.

I’m talking to a reporter who’s doing a story about what “messages” celebrities send with their weight-loss/weight-gain narratives. In her own words, she wants to know: “What was your reaction to Kirstie Alley‘s and Oprah’s latest revelations? Did their descriptions of the shame and humiliation they felt about it make you feel normalized? Hopeless? Angry? Other?”

If you’d be willing to talk to her, here’s the drill: E-mail me with “REPORTER” in the subject line by 5 p.m. EST tomorrow, May 20. Please include your e-mail address (so I can cut and paste it for her if necessary) and a short answer to the Kirstie/Oprah question. If she wants to follow up with you, she’ll get in touch and tell you what publication she’s writing for and more about the story idea. 

Once again, thanks a million for helping me with this stuff. And as always, I wouldn’t ask y’all to get involved if I didn’t believe this reporter was operating in good faith — but of course, I can’t make any guarantees about how the article will turn out.


15 thoughts on “Want to talk to another reporter?

  1. I don’t think reporters would want to talk to people like me. Quite frankly, I’m bored by Oprah and Kirstie Alley’s weight loss/gain controversy. ::shrug:: It happens to most people who diet across the board and now it’s just happened to two women who have more money than sense.

  2. I’m not a reporter, but I read the Kirstie Alley story and I saw the photos and I am wondering what is wrong with how she looks at her current weight and why this is news.

  3. I spoke to the same reporter yesterday and can also vouch for her apparent good intentions. Though I think I may have disappointed her with my lack of righteous indignation and/or Fat Rage. She was very nice, very respectful, and very into the subject matter, though.

  4. I’m a newbie to this site and this whole fat acceptance thing. A month ago, I would have said that celebrity weight loss/weight gain yo-yoing made me feel somewhat hopeless. If Oprah can’t do it with all of the support and resources she has, then how can I do it? But…and it’s a big butt…now that I’ve immersed myself in fat acceptance and have learned (what I always knew anyway) that diets don’t work, I’d say that the whole celebrity weight issue pisses me off. Oprah should know better. She TALKS health at every size, but she doesn’t live it. And she misleads millions of people. As good as her intentions are, it’s still misleading.

    BTW…I read Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere and absolutely LOVE it. It’s already impacted my life. After reading the part about wearing clothes that you love, I thought “But I don’t have any clothes that I love”. But then I remembered a sleveless, somewhat lowcut shirt that I love, but don’t wear very often because I don’t want people to have to look at my fat arms. But, after reading that chapter, I said fuck it. I’m wearing the shirt and I don’t care who sees my fat arms. So there.

  5. I just received my copy as well (yesterday, to be exact), and I’m at chapter uh…(looking now…ah yes!) ten now.

    I’d volunteer to speak with said reporter, but I need more people and research on/for this topic. Plus, my friends are more or less at peace with themselves and their bodies. Hmm…when I *finally* whip up a blog, I just may find more people.

    Sidebar: thank you again, Kate, for making a half-reclusive blog civilian feel at ease. *We now resume our regular programming.*

  6. I’m another one who looks at Kirstie and wonders what the hell is wrong with how she looks. Although I will admit to preferring her with dark hair.

  7. Sidebar: thank you again, Kate, for making a half-reclusive blog civilian feel at ease.

    Of course! I loved meeting you. And this just in: I’ll be reading at Women & Children First in Andersonville on June 11, if you want to come up and get that book signed. :) (Sorry I’m only getting offers to do events on the north side!)

  8. @ Kate – How’dja know? I’ve been hanging out here for years biding my time and snarfing the Fat Lovin’ Kool-aid just so I could wreak my Thinvengance on Amazon…

    Actually, I wish I’d read some of the ignorance on Powell’s first. There are people yammering about your lack of sources, and it’d be nice to slam “CDC, AMA, Journal of XYZ,” down in front of them in a sweet helping of STFU Alphabet Soup.

    The “but I’m being scienterrific and y’all are just bloggers!” prejudice really bites my behind.

    I think the scientist part of me is more offended than the fatty, frankly.

  9. I emailed. Generally I sit these things out, but, damn Kirstie Alley pissed me off. She and I are currently the same size, to the inch and pound, and I kind of resent her calling “us” disgusting right there in People Magazine.

    I happen to think we’re just fine the way we are, biatch.

  10. Actually, I wish I’d read some of the ignorance on Powell’s first. There are people yammering about your lack of sources, and it’d be nice to slam “CDC, AMA, Journal of XYZ,” down in front of them in a sweet helping of STFU Alphabet Soup.

    No reason why you can’t leave a review there, too! :)

  11. A month ago, I would have said that celebrity weight loss/weight gain yo-yoing made me feel somewhat hopeless. If Oprah can’t do it with all of the support and resources she has, then how can I do it?

    I felt something kind of similar, in that if Oprah can’t be happy with all her success, what hope do the rest of us have for finding happiness. And also, how sad is it that Oprah has done everything she’s done, and it’s still her looks that people judge her on, that she judges herself on?

    Kirstie is more, if she’s too disgusting to live at just under 230, what does that make me? Being back down to a “whopping” 230 was part of my FOTB, but apparently that’s just too shockingly huge to qualify. Even my FOTB weight needs to try “diet and exercise”!

  12. AMEN Godless . . . . my FOBT self weighed more than she does right now. LOL

    When I heard about the whole Kirstie thing this time, I just kinda felt sorry for her and for Oprah. I feel sorry for both of them being in their 50′s and rich, yet still not having solved their body issues. I thank God that I found FA and HAES so much earlier than 50!

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