Target: Journalist Samantha Brick
Goal: Reprimand Brick for publicly equating ‘fat’ with being ‘a failure’
Journalist and reality television star Samantha Brick is no stranger to media controversy, especially after penning a column last April about why women seem to ‘hate her because she’s beautiful.’ But now Brick is back, outdoing herself with a new column about why thin will always, and forever, be beautiful.
The article entitled ‘Any Woman Who Wants to Stay Beautiful Needs to Diet Every Day’ is satiated with fat-phobic remarks and narrative about Brick’s 30 year obsession with being thin. The alarming and quite depressing article relays Brick’s thoughts on how women should go to great lengths to maintain a considerably thin figure by banning sweets, referring to images of thin women for ‘inspiration,’ and dating partners who perpetuate dieting. She states that ‘I have only ever dated men who kept a strict eye on my figure. My partners are not only boyfriends but weight-loss coaches.’
Brick has even admitted that she’s rented apartments without kitchens to ‘avoid culinary temptation.’ What’s worse is Brick’s criticizing of women who are over a dress size of 8/10, which she believes is ‘fat.’ In the conclusion to her article, she states that the infamous Kate Moss quote of ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ should be taken a step further as she claims ‘there is nothing in life that signifies failure better than [being] fat.’
By signing this petition you’ll let Samantha Brick know that her statements were not only hurtful and rude, but beyond unnecessary and that her negative body image issues shouldn’t be disguised as insightful journalism.
Dear Ms. Brick,
Rather than refer to you as a repulsive woman who hasn’t got an ounce of compassion, I’ll honestly express my concern for your personal health and disdain for your perpetuation of European ideals of beauty. It is saddening that you, at 42 year old, have been on a permanent diet for nearly three decades that has not only skewed your outlook on beauty but has also hijacked your ability to have any self-respect.
It is clear that you have deeply seated issues that are better suited for expression in a psychiatrist’s leather couch than in public forums. Your negative body image issues shouldn’t be disguised as insightful journalism. Rather, they come across as a cry for help.
As a woman who is nowhere near the ‘ideal beauty standard’ you’ve supported (you say yourself that you’re a dress size of 12) it is absolutely ridiculous that you encourage other women to follow in your footsteps of food deprivation and self-loathing. To reword your quote, there is nothing that signifies failure better than being a victim of societal standards.
As you spend the next thirty years of your life trying desperately to stay beautiful I hope you realize just how much of your existence you’ve wasted being a puppet for the sake of acceptance by the opposite sex.
I encourage you to get the help you need and to stop being so insensitive and ‘matter-of-fact’ about eating disorders. Your words were truly offensive.
[Your Name Here]
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