Emma Stone, We Like You, But We Wish You’d Be Nicer To Your Body

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I really want to like Emma Stone. She’s young, she’s got great style, and she’s funny when she hosts SNL. Unfortunately, she’s making it difficult to get behind her, because she seems to have internalized Hollywood body-shaming and snarking. In a recent interview with S magazine, she had some pretty negative things to say, both about her own body, and about working out in general. Why, Emma Stone? Why?

Stone’s comments weren’t particularly out of the ordinary–but that’s what’s disappointing about them. She basically repeats the most maddening line that actors continue to troll out: that, in spite of being slender and beautiful, they “hate exercise” and “eat tons of junk.” And, predictably, they feel bad about themselves. For eating. Here’s one quote from the interview:

“I do have that thing of, ‘Oh my God, I’m disgusting – I ate a huge Wagamama lunch, the whole yaki soba, and I feel so fat.’ But I’m still gonna eat that stuff, and you know what? You can get nice, loose clothes that cover it all up…you won’t hear me saying I have no body issues because I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t.

Hooray! She feels OK to eat food, like a human being! But booooo, she also feels “disgusting” after doing so, and thinks it’s a requirement to feel negative about her own body. This is not the makings of a body-positive role model. But then, maybe she doesn’t need to be a role model–maybe not every single female in Hollywood needs to be leading a good example of what it looks like to love and care for your own body. Maybe some can just live their lives and we all can just tkae it or leave it. But if that’s the case, it may be wise to not offer advice about working out…which she went on to do:

Running is bad for your knees and I like to do things I actually enjoy, like going for a swim. I had a trainer during Spider-Man and I discovered I have deep-seated rage when I’m holding heavy weights over my head. Whatever dormant anger I have in me, that’s where it comes out. That’s not the kind of working out I want to do. I would much rather sleep at night than want to throw a weight across a room at someone.

Sigh. Well, at least she’s into swimming, right? That’s kind of a positive thing?

I haven’t worked out for a month and I’m proud of it!

Oh. Perhaps not. Stone did have one slightly-positive (but also saddening) comment, which makes me think that she’s trying to be a little more positive.

Yes, you should be healthy and take care of yourself, but growing up I’ve seen people who have horrible issues with food.

Emma Stone is entitled to her opinions, and plenty of people don’t like to work out and that’s totally acceptable. And I’m sure it’s no easy task to keep up a positive body image under Hollywood’s constant scrutiny. But seeing a beloved female actor continue this kind of unhealthy rhetoric–calling themselves fat, even when they’re clearly slender, etc.–is always a bummer. Maybe she should meet up for lunch with awesome role model Jennifer Lawrence, or honest, pragmatic body-positive champ Demi Lovato?

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    • Melissa

      I disagree. I think this makes her seem relatable and normal to the rest of us who say the same things, don’t enjoy working out (but do it anyway) and have those bad days where you just feel fat. It’s refreshing because we’re so used to hearing celebrities say how easy it is to maintain their figure, how much they love exercise, etc… It gets annoying after a while and you can start to feel bad about yourself for not working out or eating the way celebrities do. I like that Emma keeps it real.

      • Amanda

        Totally agree with you Melissa. So what if she feels fat after eating a huge lunch, she’s being honest. She’s also honest about what kind of workouts she can and can’t do. I think you’re nitpicking, and I’ve noticed it more and more on this site lately. Sometimes I feel like Blisstree is going to criticize any actress who talks about her body, no matter what she says. It’s almost as bad as the magazines that call out actresses for being “fat” when they clearly aren’t.

    • S

      Eh, I disagree with this article. Emma Stone is free to do and say anything she wants in reference to her body. We shouldn’t be idolizing any of these people. She’s being honest and bless her for it. Who doesn’t feel gross after a huge meal? I mean come on.

    • Emma

      It feels as if almost every blog post on Blisstree has a negative point of view or is criticizing almost everything celebrities say relating to their body. if you think women shouldn’t be judged for their bodies etc stop judging every single thing they say that can relate to their health! its so annoying to read over and over. there always blisstree articles saying women shouldn’t be judged for their bodies but you literally judge absolutely everything in almost every post, and it seems as if your posts have no other purpose than to place judgement. as a reader who enjoys your positive posts, it can be a bit annoying

      • Briana Rognlin

        Emma, I think this is a little unfair — we do post critical opinions about celebrities from time to time, but the majority of our posts are not about celebrities, and not all of our celebrity content is negative.

        Like I said in my comment above, we’re listening to you and the other readers here who are saying they wish we’d back off the celebrity content, but if what you really want is positive, non-celeb content, then there’s plenty of it here for those who want it.

    • lilli

      blisstree and all its sister sites can be so negative! for a site that focuses on well-being, you don’t keep the positive energy flowing!
      i think we all saw emma stone’s pretty clear weight loss. i think the fact that she’s owning up to her struggles with food and body image is really inspiring. i think we put celebrities on this untouchable pedestal, and it’s nice to see someone who is honest about their problems. also, who cares if she doesn’t lift weights or run? No one has to feel like the have to do one set form of exercise. There are so many different things out there to try!

    • Val

      Agree with the other comments here — what’s with all the negative nitpicking, BT? So because she’s thin she can never have negative feeling about her body? Or feel a little grody after indulging in a big meal? And while I agree that it’s a little silly to be “proud” of not working out for a month, I suspect that if she had said she felt guilty for it instead, you would have criticized her for that, too.

      The message I’m getting here is, “Don’t criticize women for their bodies, criticize them for how they FEEL about their bodies!” Because that seems healthier…

    • Briana Rognlin

      In response to all of the comments below, I just want to say that we’re listening.

      In our defense, we’re pretty careful to post celebrity content that relates to a bigger conversation about health in our culture, which—like it or not—is often one of the best ways for us to get people talking about health issues. And, for what it’s worth, we are posting a LOT of non-celebrity content, and we feature original content and interviews with non-celebs every single day. We wish that people would read it as often as they read the celebrity content, but still: That doesn’t mean we’re going to stop doing it anytime soon.

      All of that said, everyone’s feedback is important to us and we’ll definitely keep it in mind when we’re planning future content. We hope you’ll continue to read and chime in.

    • Jenn

      I have this theory that not all women are an eating disorder waiting to happen, but that people who have a history of serious body image disorders are sensitive to the kind of hyperbolic things people say about food and their bodies. It could be that some people don’t really understand what it means to truly feel disgusting about eating, but they know that they feel a little more full when they eat a large meal, and that’s close enough.

    • crashilling

      Briana Rognlin:

      We are not saying that we want less celebrity content. We come here for the celebrity content. What we don’t want is to read stories that are so critical of (what seem to us to be) perfectly average and normal insecurities relating to food and body image. We don’t want to read an article wherein you tear down every female who is not a perfect role model in regards to body image and health.

      She is human. One does not transform into a perfectly evolved human being just because they achieve a bit of celebrity.

    • Fabel

      This article, as well as the one about ambition, both have a pretty negative tone when talking about people who don’t like working out. Not everyone likes it or finds it empowering! Some people just try to incorporate movement and exercise into their every day lives and activities without adopting an entire lifestyle of running, going to the gym every day, etc.

      Also, I interpreted her last comment (“horrible issues with food”) to be a nod towards those with past eating disorders who don’t work out because it propels them back into that mindset. I think that’s a very valid reason for somebody to shun regimented exercise.

    • k

      One thing that’s obvious is that the article generated a little controversy with her critical commentary, which was really more like a diatribe. My take-away from Emma Stone’s quotes was a 180 from the tone of this piece. For example, I recognize the difference between ES statement “I feel so fat” and someone saying “I’m so fat”. Too bad this author didn’t. I also recommend using spell check.

    • alex

      Ew, this was like reading one of those trashy celeb mags where they take a few quotes from someone and turn it into something completely different. The fact that you are taking Emma Stone (who is a fabulous role model for girls today) and trying to say she isn’t doing it right, is really gross. This could have easily been written as a positive article about how she is human and feels like us sometimes, but no, you have to make it into something negative.

    • F

      This article was quite harsh. I found myself disagreeing with every breakdown that BT gave on Emma’s comments. “I don’t think that’s what she said or meant…”
      In fact, I believe she has a very positive way of dealing with her body issues and she hasn’t let the pressure get to her.

    • Doc Blue

      This post disturbed me enough that I wrote a blog post in response. I hope this doesn’t count as spam.
      http://insertallperposeurlhere.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/emma-stone-body-image-and-huffington-post/