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Celebrity Spot-Lite: Kirstie Alley on Letterman

July 29, 2011

Oh Kirstie Alley. I’m surprised I haven’t written about you on here yet, because you are truly the queen of hot messes of weight/the weight loss industry in America.

I think we all know by now that Kirstie Alley has struggled with/against her weight very publicly for quite some time now–losing weight and promoting Jenny Craig, gaining it all and more back and thus losing her spokesperson contract, starting the show “Fat Actress,” revealing all on a “reality” show “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” launching “Organic Liaison, the first USDA-certified organic weight loss product,” Dancing with the Stars and again losing weight and now…

Now Kirstie Alley has appeared on Dave Letterman to remind him of how terrible he was to her when she was heavier by repeating some of the choice jokes he made at her expense. These include:

Kirstie Alley is joining “Dancing with the Stars.” If you don’t already own one, now might be a good time to get a widescreen TV.

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars”, Kirstie Alley fell on the dancefloor. How many of you felt it? However, the judges scored her an 8. On the Richter scale.

Wow. Classy jokes, Dave. It’s interesting to see her calling him out on how rude he is though, while also kind of mocking her former self. At the beginning, she exclaims “I thought you loved me!” and towards the end, Letterman tried to defend himself:

We do love you, and if you were skinny we would tell jokes about you…oh probably not.

This is really a hot mess. Uncomfortable, uncouth, just…ew. But I wish Kirstie had been more forthright in her own attack on Letterman, because 1) He deserves it, 2) His jokes about her weight are just downright disrespectful, and 3) He deserves it.

Happy Weekend, y’all.

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  1. Sexy Curmudgeon permalink
    July 30, 2011 4:38 pm

    So first of all, I love the, “hot mess,” tag, may it never be underused. But I must say, since Kirstie Alley has capitalized on her obesity/messiness in ways that often only perpetuate the stereotypes, it is hard to have sympathy for her.
    That being said, I give her credit for the method she chose to bring awareness to comedians’ ill treatment. She chose to work within the system, which was smart. While this method certainly isn’t perfect, going on Letterman IS the only way she could get a mass audience (if she went on a rampage against comedians and how mean and hurtful they were, no one would listen or care).
    This also brings to mind how obesity is treated in different cultures. In Latin America and many Asian countries in particular, obesity, while used for humor, is addressed with much the same openness in normal, face-to-face interactions. The fact that our Protestant culture is so touchy and sensitive about addressing obesity in everyday conversation, but then so open about it in indirect forums such as performance or comedy, seems particularly hypocritical and cruel, not to mention detrimental to the hope of a respectful, open treatment of the problem.

  2. July 31, 2011 5:50 pm

    seriously sexycurmudgeon, you are an incredible commenter (and friend) and i am looking into a special blog award just for you. thank you for all your intuitive thoughts and dedication to helping promote this blog (even post-surgery). what a champion!

  3. fedora permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:00 am

    I think you put it perfectly. I want to back her but she just always makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t get Lettermans appeal either though, they are perfect for eachother! A real comedian would find better fodder.

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