Too Much TV

Okay, so I’m watching way too much TV I guess, because I just caught Kirstie Alley’s most recent Jenny Craig commercial: she is walking down a dark street, alone, when a guy’s voice yells out, “Momma, you’re looking good!” (or some approximation thereof). And she says – here’s the red herring that made me pay attention – “Are you talking to me?”

And when he says yes, she doesn’t hollaback, oh no. She starts into a ‘Singing in the Rain’-styled dance number set to the tune of “It’s Raining Men.”

I guess this is the best you can expect from someone who has had bodyguards for so long she doesn’t remember how it feels to walk down any street alone (much less a dark, deserted one) and have some asshole decide that’s a good time to tell you how good you look.

Connecting being thin with “earning” this kind of bullshit, scary compliment loses her a few more status points. All kinds of women get harassed on the street – not just skinny ones.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. Hollaback. I love it!

    Reassuring to remember that GGs get harassed on the street by (as the French would say) tres le trash too!


  2. I liked Kirstie Alley better when she was overweight. She was still cute & sexy then but she also looked like a real woman and not a Barbie Doll. God damn Jenny Craig and LONG LIVE FAT WOMEN!!!

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