Thursday, June 10, 2010

Weight jokes at the Glamour awards

This years Glamour Women of the Year awards took place in London yesterday, attended by Cheryl Cole, Billie Piper, Pixie Lott, Christine Bleakley, Alexandra Burke, Michael McIntyre, Fearne Cotton and Dizzee Rascal and Avatar star Zoe Saldana among others.

Sadly today's media buzz is not about what the celebrities were wearing or after party shenanigans; instead its focuses on an onstage row between Patrick Stewart and James Corden.

As a Patrick Stewart fan, it was disappointing to hear him say in response to what he perceived was Jaime's less than attentive behaviour, "from where I was I could see your belly and that was from right at the back of the room".

James retorted, "Sorry, I'm waiting for the punch line. You could see my belly... I can see you dying right now.''  Undaunted, Patrick referenced a quip James had made earlier about fancying Nick Jonas. He said: "If you fancy one of the Jonas Brothers, cover your belly." 

Whatever Patrick may have felt about James's behaviour and attitude, making fat/overweight jokes was insulting, inappropriate and unacceptable in modern society. The audience, clearly unimpressed with Patrick's unbecoming performance, responded by jeering him.

After receiving her award from Patrick, Zoe Saldana jumped to James's defence, saying to a round of applause, 'For whatever it's worth, I like your belly.'

After Sir Patrick had left the stage, James told the audience, 'I feel bad for people who haven't seen my belly', before he lifted he shirt and rubbed his stomach.

 

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