In case you were looking for one more reason to loathe Perez Hilton, the self-proclaimed “Queen of all Media” has once again put himself at the center of controversy. In lieu of utilizing his inexplicable success and wealth to finally develop into a decent human being, Perez recently began hawking t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels!” The quote, famously attributed to supermodel Kate Moss (you know, that exemplar of healthy living otherwise known as “Cocaine Kate”) has come under fire for purportedly being touted as a pro-anorexia mantra.
In an unexpected (and unprecedented?) act of moral responsibility, Perez quickly removed the t-shirts from his online store and offered a quasi-apology where he utilized his most shrill, dumbfounded tone to obstinately deny ever knowing the phrase had anything to do with promoting eating disorders. “I heard Kate Moss say it and I thought it was funny!” Perez ever-so-eloquently retorted. Such a compelling clarification.
Now Perez has found a way to capitalize on his newfound appreciation for wholesome health by selling a revamped line of shirts that proclaim, “Nothing Feels As Good As Being Healthy!” Besides being fugly (a term Perez is ever so fond of), the new shirts are too little, too late.
Even if most of his younger, more impressionable readers were smart enough not to shell out $18.99 (plus shipping and handling) to look like walking pro-starvation billboards, the damage is done. The “funny” phrase has already once again infiltrated our culture and likely planted the seed of hyper-body consciousness into plenty of people’s minds.
So thank you, Perez Hilton, for proving you can indeed do more than just doodle cartoon bodily fluids on unsuspecting celebrity faces. You can also effectively aid in the rapid destruction of young girls’ and boys’ self-esteem throughout the world—a true feat!
— Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. It would be nice if you visited her website: www.michellekmedia.com. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.