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Singer Kesha Enters Rehab For Eating Disorder And The Internet Troll Patrol Goes Wild

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The news broke today that the singer Kesha Ke$ha has entered an Illinois rehab center to undergo treatment for an eating disorder. In an age where celebrities going to rehab for such as drugs and alcohol, have almost become something to be expected in their career, this might not seem like a big deal, but for all the teen and tween girls who worship Kesha (they call themselves “Animals”) I think this could be a very positive thing. Of course, this being the Internet, plenty of people have negative stuff to day. Because people are awful.

According to her spokesperson, Kesha will be “unavailable for the next 30 days while she seeks treatment for an undisclosed eating disorder.” Echoing this statement, Kesha herself had this to say:

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.”

Below are some of the worst responses to the news that Kesha was seeking treatment. Because apparently, if you’re a celebrity, you don’t have things like feelings or dignity. It makes me sad for my kids, because if a beautiful and talented woman like Kesha can create this type of vitriol for doing something positive with her life, what chance do my daughters have?

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Ugh. So frustrating and annoying. I don’t care if she’s a celebrity so you think she’s fair game, or if you don’t like her music and image. This is unacceptable.


  1. pixie

    January 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    You know, things like this make me sad. People don’t have to like all the popular celebrities, don’t have to agree with the views the celebrities hold, but I don’t understand the constant negativity towards some of them. Yes, by all means, if the celebrity has said something racist, sexist, etc, done something potentially harmful towards another, been a douchecanoe in general, then I understand criticism. Such as the criticism towards Bieber for his poor behaviour, but for admonishing a young woman for admitting she needs help is low.

    I have a friend who has been in and out of treatment for anorexia. The last time (which she was just released from) she realized she needed the help and couldn’t recover on her own. I admired her for admitting it and getting the help she needed. I don’t know a whole lot about Ke$ha’s personal life but I give her props for getting help. And Ke$ha’s music is a guilty pleasure of mine.

  2. arrow2010

    January 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I thought all celebrities were fair game for ridicule.

    • arrow2010

      January 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Wow why all the downvotes? Do ya’ll worship celebrities?

    • Benwhoski

      January 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

      My guess is it’s not about celebrity worship, but that, in general, ridiculing someone for having an eating disorder is a dickish thing to do regardless of one’s fame status.

  3. Justme

    January 4, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I will admit that I giggled at the “Jack and glitter” comment.

    • Kay_Sue

      January 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I laughed at that one too. I felt bad about laughing, because I know it’s not something to make light of, but I could not stop myself. I am just not that upstanding of a human being.

    • Zettai

      January 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Me neither.

  4. Maddi Holmes

    January 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    The ones suggesting she couldn’t have an eating disorder cos she’s not completely emaciated hit so close to home. I struggle with an eating disorder but I’m overweight, I’ve had this struggle for a year now and all I get is comments praising me for losing weight. I’m still overweight but I’ve lost so much this year and no one has considered it could be an eating disorder, no I must have just made healthy lifestyle choices! Upsets me because there is nothing healthy about how I lost weight.

    • ElleJai

      January 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Agreed. I’ve lost over 20kgs in 2 years because I’m physically ill and can’t keep much of my food down (despite 5 doctors and an endoscopy) but all anyone cares about when you’re fat is that you lose it. Doesn’t matter how.

      The lack of wiggle room in the equations of “thin=healthy” and “fat=unhealthy tax wasting assholes” just goes to show that society as a whole has an IQ so minuscule it can’t find it’s brain with both hands and a map.

    • SusannahJoy

      January 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      After a year of restricting and purging and losing over 25 lbs, I finally decided to seek out help. I had a great therapist who wanted me to get a physical to make sure that if I was sick, I would get treatment for that as well. I walked in, told them what I was there for, and the 5 foot tall, 85 lb nurse assured me that I don’t actually have an eating disorder, I’d be way skinnier, like her! But don’t worry, she was totally happy. Like right after she had her baby and her tummy was all concave and her boobs were huge! It was awesome!!

      People are assholes.

    • Bunny Lucia

      January 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Did you get that Nurse’s name and report her?

      That is ALL sorts of messed up.

    • SusannahJoy

      January 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      The doctor was watching her the whole time, and didn’t seem to care. I did tell the therapist and she made a note, I don’t know if she followed up on it. She looked pretty pissed though.

    • Demanda

      January 5, 2014 at 2:19 am

      The myth that only “skinny” people have eating disorders is very prevalent and harmful. The reality is that eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. 2 years ago I went to see my doctor with a fever of 104 and a raging sore throat. Of course they weighed me and took my blood pressure, and even though my weight put me at a “healthy” BMI for my height (18.5), the fact that I hadn’t had my period in over a year and my blood pressure was so low my doctor wasn’t sure how I was still standing, gave me my diagnosis of anorexia. My own mother later asked me if they were really sure I was anorexic, because I wasn’t “that skinny”. I really hope that Ke$ha gets the treatment and support she needs to begin to recover from her eating disorder. It’s still a struggle for me, and I fight my anorexia every day. Even though I’m not “that skinny”, my ED is very real, and I know it is this way for many people. Hopefully you are also getting the support you need to fight your eating disorder, know that you are not alone.

    • Maddi Holmes

      January 5, 2014 at 3:54 am

      A close friend of mine noticed and it scared her so she took me to see a psychologist. She’s the only one who saw me starving myself in public as a warning and not just as me “cutting back” the amount of food I eat. I love her so much for it, but obviously I still struggle.

  5. Limsky

    January 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Undisclosed eating disorder? Well it certainly ain’t binge eating…

    • Limsky

      January 6, 2014 at 1:47 am

      The heck? why all the downvotes?

    • Benwhoski

      January 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Probably because of the implication that you can accurately identify an eating disorder (or rule one out) just by looking at someone. A lot of the other folks who have commented here have talked about the ignorance surrounding eating disorders. You may not have intended for your comment to come off as trolling on the subject, but I can see how it would have hit a nerve with a lot of people.

    • Limsky

      January 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

      it’s true tho

  6. Kay_Sue

    January 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Wow. Some of these are just awful, and so many of them indicate that we still don’t really understand eating disorders at all.

  7. perry y

    January 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Her eating disorder was started because she was teased for the shape of her body. She has a square shape . And that also limits how her backside looked too. She was constantly made fun for.looking to as I seen it termed “sponge bob square pants” shaped. It is so sad!!! She is not.the Beyonce or Jlo that industry requires or the public seeks. I hope she finds a way to fight that battle for her self image.

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