12/15/09 Update: After two years of inactivity, I returned to SC to find that this post has been one of my most popular for quite some time; I find that extremely embarrassing. This post is indicative of everything that was wrong with SC; it’s juvenile, impetuous, poorly researched, confrontational without good reason, and generally just awful. Even though I’d love nothing more than to delete this it, I’m not going to. No matter how much I’ve come to despise it, I still wrote it, and I’m not going to pretend it didn’t happen. It did, and there’s nothing I can do about it. So please know that I’m every bit as disgusted by what follows as you are.
After a shocking amount of backlash against my post concerning Beth Ditto and her weight, I decided to do a little research. Many of you seemed to think that Ditto was of an average, healthy weight. You thought the media had simply transformed our ideas of what people should weigh. I’ll admit, when I wrote that post, I didn’t know exactly what Beth Ditto weighed, or exactly what weight was considered obese. I looked around a bit, and Wikipedia to the rescue! According to them:
“In the clinical setting, obesity is typically evaluated by measuring BMI (body mass index) . . .”
“BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a simple and widely used method for estimating body fat. In epidemiology BMI alone is used as an indicator of prevalence and incidence.”
“BMI = kg / m2”
“The current definitions commonly in use establish the following values, agreed in 1997 and published in 2000:
- A BMI less than 18.5 is underweight
- A BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is normal weight
- A BMI of 25.0 – 29.9 is overweight
- A BMI of 30.0 – 39.9 is obese
- A BMI of 40.0 or higher is severely (or morbidly) obese
- A BMI of 35.0 or higher in the presence of at least one other significant comorbidity is also classified by some bodies as morbid obesity.
Now, for some math. Using my own height and weight here’s an example of how to calculate BMI.
My height = 5’7″ = 67″
My weight = 140lbs
Converted to meters and kilograms:
My height = (67 x 0.02540) = 1.718m
My weight = (140 x 0.45359237) = 63.5029318kgs
BMI = 63.5029318 / 1.7182
=63.5029318 / 2.951524
So, my BMI is about 21.5, and according to Wikipedia, that’s perfectly healthy. Now, for Ditto.
Beth Ditto’s Height and Weight
Height = 5’2″ = 62″
Weight = 220lbs
Height = 1.5748m
Weight = 99.7903214
BMI = 99.7903214 / 1.57482
BMI = 99.7903214 / 2.47999504
BMI = 40.2381133
Uh oh, looks like that’s considered severely overweight, or morbidly obese. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact. Beth Ditto is damn far from a healthy weight. Here are some BMI’S of the “sexiest women alive”:
Scarlett Johansson – 18.0
Kiera Knightly – 17.2
Angelina Jolie – 18.8
Beyonce Knowles – 24.0
Jessica Alba – 20.2
Halle Berry – 19.3
Jennifer Aniston – 18.3
Eva Longoria – 19.8
Charleze Theron -19.6
What does that mean? Well first, that Kiera should probably gain a few pounds, and secondly, that none of them are even close to 15-point margin Ditto is. Most of them are well with a healthy weight! Now, if Ditto were content to simply eat herself to death without harming anyone else, that would be fine. But she’s not; she’s actively glorifying her gluttony. Believe it or not, some kids actually look up to her as a role mode; to them, she’s saying “it’s okay to be grossly overweight. I am, and I’m doing just fine”. That is why I have a problem with her. You wouldn’t put a naked anorexic on a magazine cover, right? That would be sending the wrong message to the youth. So why should it be okay to put a fat girl on there?
Talk about disappointing. I hear all about this Japanese bonus track from Battles Mirrored, and it turns out to be this. I suppose it’s not horrible, but it’s sure not what I was hoping for. Well, at least the rest of the album is still awesome.
EDIT: After a little research, I’ve decided to keep this post up. I stand by my opinion.
Normally, I wouldn’t feel the need to comment on something like this, but NME is in such a sad state of affairs, that something really has to be said. First, they choose quite possibly the most disgusting woman in modern music to ‘grace’ the cover of their latest issue; Beth Ditto. There’s no getting around it ; Ditto is simply repulsive, and placing her, clothed or not, on the cover of anything is just idiotic. Secondly, remember that Rag & Bone 7″ they were going to include in next weeks issue? Well, with the leak of Icky Thump, it’s safe to say they’ve lost a lot steam on that one. Finally, they falsely report a new album from Divine Comedy. This fiasco is best explained by Pugwash, who responded on the Divine Comedy message board with this:
I HATE to do this but I feel it’s my need to apologise for a f***ing idiots ineptitude and flagrant stupidity but sorry it’s MY new album (Pugwash)that’s been talked about there. They took the story from MY web-site and quite UNBELIEVABLY turned the whole thing on it’s head and also actually MADE STUFF UP!!!!!
Quite incredible…..and they call the ‘Oirish’ thick…..??!!
My legal team will sort it out asap, so sorry again everyone.
Granted the Icky Thump leak isn’t your fault, but come on, guys! You’re the “biggest-selling weekly music magazine in Britain”! Get your shit together and act like it!
Yesterday, Stereogum premiered a new track from Sufjan Stevens, noting that the song would sound more at home with Jack and Meg on Icky Thump. I don’t always agree with the gum (especially lately), but they’re dead on on this one; Stevens has indeed, recorded a garage rock song. The track, ‘In The Words Of The Governor’, features a relentless guitar, messy p ercussion, and Sufjan on some very different vocals. But, once you get past the whole what-the-fuck-factor, ‘Governor’ is actually pretty enjoyable. I’d love to see Stevens record an entire album of material like this, but it seems unlikely. After all, he’s still got 48 albums to make before he dies.
Brooklyn’s Lil Mama may only be 17, but she could sure as hell give most of her older peers a run for their money. The only track we’ve heard from her so far, the minimalistic ‘Lip Gloss’, features only handclaps and drums as a backbeat, relying almost entirely on Lil Mama’s rapping to carry the beat. Not many rappers could pull something like that off, but Lil Mama does it without breaking a sweat. ‘Lip Gloss’ won’t win any awards for lyrical depth, but that’s just about the worst thing you can say about. Keep your eye on this girl. She’s going places.
Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) will always hold a special place in my heart. She was artist that introduced me to the genre I now love so much, despite despising it’s name; indie. Normally, people abandon their first musical love, but fortunately, that’s never happened to me and Chan (If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a teensy little crush on Ms. Marshall). Instead, I only grew to love her music more, as it became a safe harbor of sorts for me. Whenever I’m tired of having my ears blasted by the next big thing, I can always put on Moon Pix and relax. While Moon Pix is, and will like remain my favorite album of hers, last years The Greatest was a solid entry into her library. I’ve had these Japanese bonus tracks from that album for a while, but for some reason in never occurred to me to post them here until my Cat Power binge today. ‘Up and Gone’ is typical The Greatest fare, dreamy and soulful, while ‘Dream’ successfully mixes the best of old and new Cat Power material in a gorgeous little piano ballad. Now, about that rumored ’07 album . . .
The New Pornographers 4th LP, Challenger, may not be coming out for another few months, but we’ve already got a from it. ‘My Rights Versus Yours’ is pure New Pornos, even it’s a little slower than what we’re used to. Enjoy!
Pumpkin fans reading this, get your ass over to The Pumpkins.net, to grab some live, high quality Zeitgeist tracks. There are six or seven new tracks total, plus even more older material, all available for download as mp3s. Go!
Another Black Session, this time from The National. Basically, this Alligator performed live; they don’t even touch anything from their two prior albums, focusing on Alligator and the Cherry Tree EP instead. There’s some insanely good stuff here, with Beringer’s vocals full of conviction, and the instrumentation taking a more prominent role. Highlights include ‘City Middle’, ‘Mr. November’ and ‘Cherry Tree’.
Some remixes to get your day started. Lately I haven’t been actively seeking out remixes, instead letting them find me. It’s worked out well, even if that means fewer remixes. Also, I’ve got a request; I’m looking for: R. Kelly – I’m A Flirt (DJ Obsession soca ragga remix) [ft. Lady Saw & T-Pain. If you happen to know where I can find that, let me know. Enjoy the mixes!