British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson took to social media over the weekend to say she had to tell U.S. television stations to stop airbrushing her “sticking-out stomach.”
Lawson was responding to Jameela Jamil, a self-described feminist commenting on an articlee from The Sunday Business Post’s Nadine Regan on how women shouldn’t be told how to appear — Jamil, a raging liberal, attributes the photoshopping of women to “white privilege and deep misogyny.”
“I’ve had to tell American tv stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach. The hatred of fat, and assumption that we’d all be grateful to be airbrushed thinner is pernicious,” Lawson tweeted.
I’ve had to tell American tv stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach. The hatred of fat, and assumption that we’d all be grateful to be airbrushed thinner is pernicious.
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) December 15, 2018
Lawson has hosted her own show on the Food Network and “The Taste” on ABC, has been vocal in the past about television executives looking to photoshop her stomach, saying she doesn’t “want to have to pretend to be something I’m not.”
“I could see them wincing when they saw my tummy bulging out of my dress, she said, according to the Telegraph. “And when I say bulging, I don’t mean huge. I just mean you could see the roundness. It was a tummy.”
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) December 2, 2018
“I really didn’t want to become what I’m not,” Lawson said. “I’m all for taking exercise so that I can eat as much as I can without getting too huge but, nevertheless, I didn’t want to be turned into a plastic creation.”
Lawson’s tweet prompted an interesting discussion on women’s tummies, ground men fear to tread — at least, smart men.
Along the line of that discussion, it’s noteworthy to point out that Lawson, 58, has had two children.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
British televison has real people on it. US television is fake. All the power to you #MsLawson You are the real deal. ?
— Will Paul (@WillPaul2) December 15, 2018
I used to hate my belly after I had kids. It made my skin crawl to see it hanging there till my sister said “awk don’t be daft that’s called ‘A mother’s apron’” now I love it. It’s like a badge of honour to have carried such beautiful babies
— ashmars85 (@ashmars85) December 15, 2018
— Rachel Leigh (@LeighRachel) December 17, 2018
I absolutely refuse to wear shape wear for this reason alone. I look fine just the way I am, thank you!
— MJ ? (@MjLupin22) December 16, 2018
Woman who have ‘sticking out tummys ‘ have brought amazing new life into the world so it’s a badge of pride. Don’t erase it!
— Margaret Aitken (@MargaretAitke15) December 15, 2018
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