3:11 pm - 02/02/2012

Octavia Spencer: The Media Promotes Only ‘A Certain Kind of Pretty’

41 year-old actress Octavia Spencer just posted on Facebook a long message that gathered her thoughts on beauty and body image in the celebrity world, on how the media promotes only ‘a certain kind of pretty’ and on how she feels confident, pretty and healthy at her weight. Let’s see her thoughts:
After being honored by my Guild on Sunday, I was whisked to the Press Room where one of the first questions I was asked (by Ted Casablanca) was ‘what I felt about underweight women’. (i’m paraphrasing here) I’m thinking….this is relevant because… Then I started thinking, would these questions ever be asked of my male counterparts? Better yet, underweight actors or actresses? Nah, I don’t think so!
Anyway, I answer: “Women would be alot happier if they ate…However, it is society that has told them and continues to tell them that you are less valued if you are of a certain age, or weight…something has to change. ” I began that by addressing my own weight issue..”Granted I’m not at the healthiest weight because when you are heavier around the middle…” blah blah blah. YOu get it. The next thing I read, Octavia Spencer is WORRIED ABOUT HER WEIGHT…. OCTAVIA SPENCER FEELS SHE IS LESS VALUED BECAUSE OF HER WEIGHT…
Of course I was miffed that not only was I being misrepresented, but it was sending THE WRONG MESSAGE to kids out there.
So, I decided to tell you IN MY OWN DAMNED WORDS the truth! First of all, Ladies and Gents here’s what i am NOT DOING….I am NOT WORRYING ABOUT MY WEIGHT! I AM NOT TRYING TO CONFORM TO an unrealistic model of beauty.

I AM however being proactive in being the healthiest I can be. And before you ask, NO, awards season is not the reason. I’ve been doing this for the past 10 years because it took that long to gain the weight! Right now, believe it or not, I’m pretty damn healthy! 20 LBS (max) is all I intend to lose.
Now hopefully having cleared up the constantly tweeted, and blogged about “I am less valuable because of my weight” MISQUOTES attributed to me, I want to touch on the real issue here. The weight obsessed media is destroying not only us but our children! Our culture is at the precipice of redifining who we are. Right now in this salacious age of the internet coupled with the “beauty and fashion” industries respectively ONLY promoting a “certain” kind of pretty, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in bullying, eating disorders and body dysmorphia among MALE and female teens. This is no joking matter.
Here’s what I will leave you with: Be happy in your own skin. If you are unhealthy start by making small changes to become healthier. You are unique, beautiful, and worthy. Last but certainly not least, don’t buy into any of it. AND I MEAN LITERALLY! I don’t buy magazines that don’t feature women who represent my physicality or varying ethicities on their cover because they are saying, YOU DON’T MATTER TO ME…YOU ARE NOT MY DEMOGRAPHIC. To that I say, good, that’s $35 a week I can save!
God bless!
… says Octavia.
How do you feel about her message?

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ragdollia 2nd-Feb-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
but..she looks like she's got narcolepsy anyway
jigglemypuff 2nd-Feb-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
She only reads magazines that feature people with narcolepsy on the cover.
rogue 2nd-Feb-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
rogue 2nd-Feb-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
i was really hoping to NOT see that in the first comment and i'm so glad i didn't

just stop
corroded_tears 3rd-Feb-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Skwissgaar hate!eating popcorn while watching his mom French his new stepdad
likegunfire 2nd-Feb-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I was with her until that last paragraph....
rogue 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
why, because she'd rather support magazines that respect her beauty (are we not always talking about how whitewashed shit is these days)? sounds reasonable to me.

..or the god bless part in which case nvm
badanesthesia 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with the last paragraph?
sessile29 2nd-Feb-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
what do you find wrong with the last paragraph?
likegunfire 2nd-Feb-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
saltireflower 2nd-Feb-2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
camillesaens 2nd-Feb-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
pistol_eyes 2nd-Feb-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
There's only one gravyboat.
fruitariyum 2nd-Feb-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
rogue 2nd-Feb-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I also really liked her quote "To be silent is to be passive" and I respect her for speaking out on things that matter and affect her/us.

flawless beauty, deserves every honor
beatlesluv 2nd-Feb-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
IA tbh, this is the point I make all the time. Saying nothing is complacency, you have to speak out when something offends you, no matter what.

frankenmutt 2nd-Feb-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Serenity Johnson better werk.
loganx2 2nd-Feb-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
This is brand new information.
malarkiness 2nd-Feb-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
ms_mmelissa 2nd-Feb-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
sweetsweetime 2nd-Feb-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
c_nedra 2nd-Feb-2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
A+. You are always flawless.
beatlesluv 2nd-Feb-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
pistol_eyes 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
lol I came in here to say this.
badanesthesia 2nd-Feb-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Dumb ass comment.
rogue 2nd-Feb-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
oh so people should stop talking about it 'cause it's old news (to you) even though it's still very, very relevant

xvisqueux 2nd-Feb-2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Eh I loved your sarcasm so thank you. I hope it isn't true but I have a feeling it's information that will never sink in is all.
likegunfire 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
metrictons 2nd-Feb-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, calling that poor white man ugly is exactly what Octavia is talking about here.
bad_situation 2nd-Feb-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Not even comparable.
doperperson 2nd-Feb-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
ilh and what she's saying is def true.
cassie_epstein 2nd-Feb-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Why the hell would TedC ask her the question?
loganx2 2nd-Feb-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
why the hell would people let TedC ask them a question?
mcyummy 2nd-Feb-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
He asked her "Since you are in a movie that celebrates so much with food, what with the chicken and pies, what do you think about all of the women in Hollywood that don't eat." And he was not the one that misquoted her, check their Twitter conversation.
microminiscrew 2nd-Feb-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
wtf kind of question is that? smh how these people have these jobs I don't know
razetora 2nd-Feb-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
"since you are in a movie that celebrates shit, what with the pie, what do you think of two girls one cup"
purpleplague 3rd-Feb-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
da fuck
first of all: everyone eats, even anorexics
second of all: what a goddamn stupid question
frankthesheep 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Damn! I thought viola was outspoken.

Edited at 2012-02-02 09:41 pm (UTC)
baboona 2nd-Feb-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
love her
dracopet 2nd-Feb-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
To stan for Octavia is to stan for a boss bitch, so the choice is obvious.
beatlesluv 2nd-Feb-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
That's what's up <3 love her
xvisqueux 2nd-Feb-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Can you recommend anything else that she's been in? The Help was my introduction to her and I am in loveee with her badassness.
lovejoydiver 3rd-Feb-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
i liked her brief stint on ugly betty.
when_itsizzles 2nd-Feb-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
i see no problem at all with loving your body as it is and not conforming to media's idea of beauty. people shouldnt feel the need to be skinny.

BUT on the same token, i do feel people need to be aware of the health issue of overeating, getting diabetes, not exercising, etc.
pistol_eyes 2nd-Feb-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)

kissoffools 2nd-Feb-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
ia. i like that she made the point of talking about body dysmorphia and being comfortable in one's own skin while still touching on the importance of being healthy and taking care of yourself.
chuk_is_dazzled 3rd-Feb-2012 01:09 am (UTC)
ia, there are too many people on this planet
unique_lilpixie 3rd-Feb-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
seriously, I am so bothered by all the morbidly obese bitches who don't give a shit about their weight and flaunt their fried chicken dinners all over facebook like they don't have a care in the world. enjoy your diabetes, asshole.
browniecakemix 2nd-Feb-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I think those should be treated as separate issues because concern trolling is all that ever comes of combining them.
redleigh86 2nd-Feb-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Trust me, fat people aren't ignorant to dangers of obesity. We have doctors and mirrors the same as everyone else, tyvm.
whitegirlthin 2nd-Feb-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Every single grown person out there is aware of the health issues, but most of them simply don't care enough. Ignorance is bliss.
laetifico 2nd-Feb-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
lol as if people aren't painfully aware of the "health issue of overeating", especially if they are overweight.

people like YOU need to be aware that your "concern" is mentally damaging to people who face a barrage of shit about their appearance every damn day. there is literally nothing you can say that we haven't heard a million times.
beatlesluv 2nd-Feb-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
This is my position on the issue as well
canuckgirl33 2nd-Feb-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
veglils 2nd-Feb-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
I just gotta say that I agree. I know a lot of people are all up in arms about "concern trolling".... and I DO agree that there IS such a thing. However, I honestly DO care about their health and I DON'T agree that every adult knows the risks of being overweight and unhealthy. I think that a huge percentage of the people who post here on ONTD are intelligent individuals who are aware of the risks, but as an adult who uses a healthy lifestyle change website (forums and such), people on here would be floored at how many people DON'T know the risks and have no idea how they ended up so unhealthy.

I care because I've been there and I know how hard it is-- I care because I honestly care. Will I be a bitch about it and rub it in their faces or harp on it? No fucking way. However, I will offer support to people who want to make lifestyle changes so they can be healthier.
baloola 2nd-Feb-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
She's totally right. I would be SUPER pissed if I was an award-winning, probably-future-oscar-winning actress and people were asking about my weight. Like, what?? On a shallow note, I think she has looked super awesome on the red carpet so far.
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