This season's ridiculous discussion about the question of whether a perfectly normal-shaped young woman is "fat" is being talked about over at the American Idol LJ
. This year's target is Carrie Underwood. Last year it was Diana DeGarmo. I am sure Kelly Clarkson came in for her fair share of it, too. (Fantasia didn't seem to get criticized; possibly it's more acceptable for an African-American woman to not be a stick? I don't know. Just a theory.)
The linked thread is full of people who mostly have the right idea about it. On the other hand, I did read over on Idol Forums (which I will not inflict upon you, what with the crazy blinking icons, smileys, typos, hysteria, etcetera) a lot of posts about how Carrie's "fat" was going to make her "undesirable to record executives" and "impact her ability to do a good performance." HELLO!? She's a size four!
I don't recall people ripping Ruben to shreds, although he is overweight to the point where it's legitimately unhealthy and kind of scary to watch him huffing and sweating all over the place. You really hope the poor guy will get it together.
I love how American Idol is a microcosm of society. Or maybe I just tell myself that to justify the fact that I can't... stop... watching it. Clay Aiken Rulez!!1!