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Whelp, we can file this under both “pot calling kettle black” and “another fine example of sickening double standards in the entertainment industry.” In blatant disregard to Demi Lovato’s much-publicized struggle with bulimia, Simon Cowell has stated that he doesn’t want Lovato to return as a judge to The X Factor until she’s shed enough weight to look “healthy.”

From Jezebel:

“Simon doesn’t expect Demi to be supermodel skinny, but he does want her to look like she’s in shape,” stated the insider. “He’s set a weight-loss goal of 20 lbs. for Demi and asked her to work hard on it through the spring and summer.”

First of all, shame on you, Simon Cowell, for even daring to equate weight with health. If low body mass equals health, then oops, nevermind the world hunger crisis, guys! JK, we’re good! In fact, all of the starving adults and children across the world should count their fucking blessings, because thank god they’re not fat like all those fat disgusting unhealthy Americans!

From the interviews I’ve seen, it’s pretty obvious that Cowell is a raging douchecanoe with about the breadth of a hair’s worth of empathy for other human beings. Yes, he’s filthy nasty insanely rich and probably a damn good businessman, considering his annual salary is in the multi-millions. But wouldn’t it be nice, just once in awhile, to see someone with this kind of power and influence NOT say something asinine to a female entertainer about her body?

Or, better yet, could you imagine if he actually approved of a variety of body sizes? People in his position have the potential to actually revolutionize the warped mentalities about image and talent, but instead they just feed (ha) into the idea that a bigger-than-average body could never be seen as something desirable or healthy.

Get some freaking perspective, man. Either that or shut the hell up. But who am I kidding, this is Simon Cowell, someone who trademarked word-vomit and turned it into a hit TV show. Sigh.

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