Do you care if Lily Allen goes on a diet?

Lily_lT.G.I.F., PopWatchers! By which, I mean to confess to you that this morning, somewhere around 10:15 a.m., I ate a bag of "T.G.I. Friday’s Cheddar & Bacon Flavor Potato Skins Snack Chips" — or as I like to call it, a 1.75 oz. bag of self-loathing. I’m not sure how it happened, other than that ignoring the siren call of the vending machine that sits right outside the men’s bathroom is tougher than you’d think — especially at the end of a long, emotionally draining week. (Think I’m kidding? Click here.)

Anyhow, after scarfing down the "approx. 28 chips" (228 calories) in said sack, I started thinking about Lily Allen’s blog meltdown (slightly NSFW) from a week ago, the one where she wrote, "I used to pride myself on being strong minded and not being some stupid girl obsessed with the way I look. I felt like it didnt matter if I was a bit chubby cause, im not a model, I’m a singer. I’m afraid I am not strong and have fallen victim to the evil machine. I write to you in a sea of tears from my hotel bed in Seattle. I have spent the past hour researching gastric bypass surgery and laser liposuction." (This, just days after she appeared at the London launch event, pictured, for her fashion line Lily Loves, whose clothes are meant to flatter women who aren’t stick figures.)

Thankfully, Allen followed up with another post a couple days later, noting she was feeling better, ignoring all the nasty Internet chatter about her physique, and "eating lots of bread and pasta." Which puts her in very good company with another talented female artist, Kelly Clarkson. In Dave Karger’s EW cover story this week, the original American Idol dismisses all the vicious comments that have been made about her own weight in recent months by noting, "I work out when I want to work out; I don’t work out when I don’t want to work out. After a long day and I’m tired, yeah, a cookie helps. It makes me feel good. It’s soul food! There’s a reason why it’s called that."

addCredit(“Lily Allen: MJ Kim/Getty Image”)

That’s an awesome message from one of the biggest names in anindustry where I sometimes think label heads have convinced themselvesthat being thin and pretty is more important than being talented — atleast when it comes to signing female artists. Heck, just today, CNNran a story titled, "If you’re a female singer, you’d better be sexy."

But PopWatchers, I think that’s a falsehood. Look at Idol — ashow in which America plays the role of label exec. In six seasons,women including Clarkson, Kimberley Locke, Fantasia Barrino, LaKishaJones, Melinda Doolittle, Jordin Sparks, and Diana DeGarmo — none ofthem sporting the currently fashionable bag-o-bones body type — haveadvanced to the final four. So riddle me this: If the most populist,popular show in America doesn’t give a hoot about being skinny, whydoes the "evil machine" care if Lily Allen is a size 2 or a size 12?I’d say let the revolution begin right now, but for me, it already didthis morning. And it tasted like cheddar and bacon.

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  • LMF

    I love that you ate the bag of TGI Friday’s Cheddar and Bacon potato skins AND a Diet Dr. Pepper. That’s classic.

  • Valerie

    Love the way you think !! And Lily Allen looks gorgeous !

  • ny1

    lily allen rules.

  • ted

    Who is Lilly Allen? What time is it? 15 mins are up.

  • Brainiac

    I am not sure why the media is pushing this thin trend. Most people actually find extreme thinness repulsive. Often times, very skinny people do everything in their power to try to put on a couple of pounds and feel just as self-concious as overweight people.
    I find it strange that most runway models are very rickety-looking, yet only those who are fuller and have an actual shape go on to become successful or become “Supermodels”. Even Kate Moss, who is no doubt slim, is darn right curvy IN COMPARISON to a lot of the runway models today.

  • Jael

    People’s bodies are different! Big hips or a bit of a belly pooch never hurt anyone. It’s far more normal than Fergie’s abs. Being healthy is one thing, but making women cry over 10 pounds is cruel.
    As much as I’d like to blame the music industry, consumers are horrible as well. Just look at some of the comments posted on blogs.

  • Brent

    Personally, as a fit, heterosexual male, I do not pursue the stick-thin girls. Not only do I not find jutting bones all that hot, but I’ve found that those types of girls tend to be more trouble than they’re worth. I’m referring only to those who are not naturally very thin; I know some really tiny girls who are just obviously made that way, and it works because it’s natural for them. It’s the ones that run or starve themselves into it, who don’t allow themselves to have the natural and comfortable body they were meant to, they’re the ones that I like to avoid. It’s just too much energy and joy exhausted in the pursuit of fake celebrity “hotness.” Let’s have some common-sense, sane balance here. Eat normally, and enjoy being physical too. Trust me, guys breathe a sigh of relief when they see that you’re one of the girls who’s not afraid to have a normal meal. My hottest girlfriend ever, in every sense, was a totally athletic, extremely fun girl who wore a size 12. Who cares?

  • lj

    fantastic post.

  • lj

    fantastic post.

  • Elizabeth

    Lily Allen is a breath of fresh air. She is just what women need to see in the media. A healthy body! Take it from a girl who is tired of hearing friends complain about guilt over eating or guilt about not going to the gym. Stop obsessing and start living people! And Brent, I loved your post- you rock!

  • Caitlin

    I enjoy cookies and I bet I’m a lot happier with a little pudge than girls who are stick thin and don’t eat anything.

  • bj

    it is a sad commentary when in the States we care more bout looks than talent. Lilly Allen has talent and looks but doesnt fir that American idea of being Paris Hilton or the Pussycatsluts (sorry pissed about VM being cancelled)I love women that have curves my wife has curves love it. We should accept talent and not be force feed tripe

  • Garden

    I’m a bigger girl and I would give anything to be thin. Lily Allen is average weight by most standards anyways — she’s not fat. I hate it when girls who aren’t even fat get all “I feel so bad about myself ’cause I’m not Kate Moss.” No one’s Kate Moss but Kate Moss! With obesity on the rise, it’s a wonder that healthy weights aren’t the norm anyways.

  • Razor

    Michael, was this a plug for TGI FRIDAY’S?
    Ugh… if you’re going to eat something bad, at least pick some good whoop-ass potato chips that aren’t made of pressed powder and God only knows what.
    You’re in NYC for God’s sake!

  • Stephen

    This post infuriatesme. Lily Allen has probably one of the best albums out there, and I love her. But if you flip through the popwatch archive, there was a post asking if this beautiful woman was PREGNANT during her SNL performance!!! Make up your mind EW.

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