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Aishwarya's weight gain - Constructive Criticism or Insensitive Inanity?
Target for Criticism
I saw a couple of articles shared at social networking sites about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan not having lost her weight fast enough after pregnancy. It seems she is a target all over again* - Videos containing her pictures with double chin have been shared over 500000 times. Pretty hopeless.
Coincidently I went through another friend’s status:
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes." ~ Jack Handey
:) Some (if not all!) thoughts are so much better expressed by humor.
And I was thinking after reading this - How about people who are criticizing Aishwarya - most of them are hundred thousand miles away from her in so many dimensions - including, but not limited to, fame, prosperity, art (I’m not including beauty in this list for obvious reasons) There is not much humor is this case. Sadly, some people are insensitive beyond comparison.
In comments on these videos, some people have compared her situation to other celebrities who were back in shape much sooner. I don’t know whether they are being mean and nasty purposefully or they actually know nothing about motherhood... Every child is unique and each new mother has to face unique situations.
What else, each celebrity is unique - few people accept the pressure of looking presentable at all times, few do not. Moreover, everyone has a different perception of motherhood, of enjoying motherhood. How can someone pin point a celebrity and say - “you should have lost weight since xyz has done so”? Even if Aishwary’s weight gain is not due to complications, even if she is looking so called “fat” by choice, it’s her business.
Some have also argued that since she has been appreciated for her beauty throughout, she should be criticized for not looking presentable. I just couldn’t disagree more. Apart from her good looks, she has been appreciated and criticized (yes, she has been criticized since ever, for being plastic beauty!) for her work in cinema. And since she is not yet starring in a movie called “Ugly Mother” as “big fat lady with double chin”, may be she should be left alone.
It was soothing to read other comments where the “critics” were snapped. There were also people who claimed to be out of the fan club of “Bachchan Bahu”, but still felt that the criticism was mean, nasty, insensitive and uncalled for.
I’m not a huge fan of the actress, I’ve appreciated her work in a few movies though. But I definitely feel, that every time her “critics” make it their duty to
- overhype her flaws, which often are nonexistent,
- blame her totally for every flop movie, although it could be just another directorial blunder,
- highlight her mistakes, mind you it could be the way she poses for the camera at Cannes Film Festival - it was called overdose - since it lacked variety over the years, her outfit’s unsuitability for the occasion etc.
The sheer stupidity of such ‘targeted criticism’ is quite overwhelming.