Something I truly cannot stand is when bored little teeny boppers have nothing better to do than sit at their computers logged into four different types of social media, bashing and bullying celebrities or public figures whom they will never meet and truly know nothing about. This past summer, Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy fell victims to this, and I guarantee you most of the people teasing and mocking the fact that Swift would date a Kennedy or a Kennedy would date the often-romanced country-pop singer have no clue who the Kennedy’s even are. I doubt they know that JFK was the only president ever to have won a Pulitzer (if they even know he was a president), or that Joseph P. Kennedy refinanced a ton of classic Hollywood films and had an affair with Gloria Swanson (not that they’d know who she was either). Lately (I guess not lately considering vapidly shallow people always take the opportunity to pick on anyone remotely different, but especially lately), Twitter fiends have been at work doing their best to humiliate Adele, who gave birth last month.
Adele has always been the subject of aesthetic controversy. The fact that she’s been in the the double digit sizes since her launch into the spotlight has been criticized time and time again, and not even just by bored pre-teens. Everyone knows Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld said Adele was a “little too fat.” He may have tried to cover his rudeness up by adding that she has a beautiful face, but the comment was out there and the insult was cause for media frenzy. Luckily but not surprisingly because he’s a prime example of intellectual, physical and comedic perfection, Anderson Cooper came to the defense, along with several other thousand Adele fans. Ironically, Lady Gaga gained 30 pounds and told Stylist, “Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of woman.” Though she too sugar coated a back handed insult with praise, how funny is it that she’d think no one says anything about Adele? How did she not hear about Lagerfeld’s comments? Or the other craptastic comments people say about Adele on a daily basis.
Then Adele gave birth, and if anyone was naive enough (I’m pretty sure I was) to think people would back off, reality was quite a blow. After the baby came, Twitter exploded with obscene, morally astounding comments like that by @PerfFemale, who posed the question of whether the child was “fat and handicapped?” Adding, “Just murder it already lol.” Then Joan Rivers didn’t help matters by posting, “Congratulations to Adele on the birth of her 68 pound 8 ounces bouncing baby boy.” Are you kidding me? Pass me a bucket please, because these people seriously make me want to vomit.
I think part of the reason for so much negativity surrounding the singer is that tabloids take any opportunity to post unflattering pictures of her. If you compare the photos above, both taken whilst she was pregnant, obviously the first is stunningly pristine. But if you sneak attack anyone while they’re in sweats and have probably just gotten out of bed, they’re not going to be ready for a photo shoot. Lady Gaga had one thing right though, Adele radiates confidence and has a remarkable ability to withstand public bullying. Her immediate response when Lagerfeld happened was, “I represent the majority of women and I am very proud of that.” I like to consider myself proudly plump, but I don’t know if I could handle the media and the Twitter trolls with the same grace.