FOX News’ coverage of Adele and Kelly Clarkson’s performances at the Grammy’s took a bizarre turn when the channel brought on a nutritionist to discuss the “critics who are taking to Twitter saying they need to slim down.” Why random people calling famous women fat on Twitter is valued as a “criticism” that requires discussion remains a mystery. But the results were appalling. In their conversation, the anchor and nutritionist Keren Gilbert articulated that stringent body image standards can be harmful for young women—and then turned around and critiqued Adele and Clarkson’s bodies for not being “normal.” The anchor even took a pot shot at the nutritionist’s body for being too thin.
Apparently, Fox News has gone meta. They’re now wrapping a conversation of unrealistic female body standards within a conversation exemplifying exactly that problem.
Check out the whole hot mess, or there’s a transcript below the video.
ANCHOR: What stuck in your craw?
NUTRITIONIST KEREN GILBERT: These women are obviously disciplined. They are beautiful women and I’m not disputing that, but if they walked into my office today and said, ‘I’d like to lose 10-20 pounds,’ I wouldn’t kick them out and say, ‘No, you’re at a healthy weight.’
ANCHOR: But you are saying that the skin they’re in now, they’re too fat.
GILBERT: We measure fat in this country—if you walked into a doctor’s office, he’d take your BMI. Anything over 25 would be considered overweight and unhealthy and you’d be at risk for certain health issues, like diabetes and high blood pressure. These are young women, what I’m saying is had they addressed these issues in their life, it’s a tough road—
ANCHOR: Well, Adele just had a baby.
GILBERT: Yes, and like so many women, struggles with her weight.
ANCHOR: But you’re judging them on their appearance.
GILBERT: I’m absolutely not judging them on their appearance.
ANCHOR: You’re very thin and fit, one could almost say you’re almost too thin.
GULBERT: No, listen, everyone has a different profile. This is a tough issue. We have all these ideals in our country, that we have to look like the model that rang the bell at 4 o’clock.
ANCHOR: If we put that on young women in this country and say, ‘You have to look like this, or you’re not cutting it.’ And then you look Adele, and you think it’s the modern day Mama Cass, and that it’s bad.
GILBERT: We’re also a nation filled with excuses. We have processed food, where we’re looking at Adele and saying saying, ‘I could be like her, look at what she’s accomplished. I could be overweight, I don’t need to address these issues.’ And what I’m saying is Adele is a beautiful woman
ANCHOR: It bugs you at some level, saying these fatter than normal women. It bugs you in some way that these fatter than normal women are getting these accolades.