Palin Defends Jessica Simpson: ‘I Would Have Punched Critics In The Neck’
11:30 am, April 3rd | by Laura Donovan
The media can be pretty unkind to celebrities, but we’ll never fully understand the defense of former holier-than-thou singer Jessica Simpson, whose tactless statements about food and digestion were somehow perceived as cute and endearing in her 2003 reality show, “Newlyweds.”
Yet former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who co-hosted the “Today” show on Tuesday, isn’t going to join those who bully Simpson — at least with regards to the 31-year-old’s size. Speaking to Matt Lauer about the criticism Simpson has received for gaining more pregnancy weight than some over the last nine months, Palin said she would have been upset had someone made comments like that about her:
“I would have wanted to punch them in the neck,” Palin said. “It’s none of anybody else’s business how much weight I would gain. You know why this isn’t even an issue, though, Matt, is because that Hollywood image is full of itty-bitty people, people unrealistically tiny.”
Lauer noted that much of the discussion has been about “contrast” — that is, the drastic difference between Simpson’s current look versus her “Dukes of Hazzard” appearance in 2005, when she followed a hardcore exercise regimen to get fit for the role of Daisy Duke and had quite frankly a bangin’ bod.
“Isn’t this about the fact that this was the young lady who once posed in those Daisy Dukes with the cowboy boots and people are saying ‘Wait, that’s the same person as this?’” Lauer asked.
“That was a different chapter of her life,” Palin said. “I bet you she was exercising five or six hours a day back in those Daisy Duke days.”
Palin is correct: Simpson did in fact have to bust her behind at the gym to squeeze into Daisy Duke’s shorts, and making fun of the southern belle for her figure is downright nasty and low class, as she’s, you know, having a baby and all. While it’s great to see Palin shoot down the celebrity weight police (because really, they should be fired), Simpson hardly needs a defender. It’s just a little hard to praise someone who shoved her virgin-until-marriage promise in the world’s face, televised her wedding ceremony, was divorced at 25, and is now pregnant out of wedlock. People change, and we were absolutely appalled when cad John Mayer compared her to “sexual napalm,” but we don’t feel sorry for the ex-preachy type for a second, even though the weight criticism against her is unwarranted and out of line.