a reply to: Rainbowresidue
OK, I agree on the weight issue, although I don't think it was as simple as Evans just making them all look obese.
There's a lot of other nuances with the weight (skin, hair, clothes).
I find that he does turn the stars into recognizable people that one sees every day, while keeping their most salient features.
For Kim we get two interpretations (a "fat" Kim with Kanye, and a more slim but "tackier" dressed Kim with the other Kardashian ladies).
Evans also poked fun at the British royalty with William and Kate, and after recently viewing a documentary on Queen Victoria and her offspring, he
might be on to something.
The fact is that looking fashionable is a full time job for many celebrities, whereas many people don't have the time or hired experts to achieve
For some celebrities a battle against shrinking and expanding weight has been a virtual public circus (Oprah or Kirstie Alley), and perhaps in their
cases it wouldn't be funny.
Yet, promising slimness is the major lifestyle industry at present, and also a huge social anxiety thanks to magazines sold by celebrity images, and
some of these stars even endorse and sell products or diets that are supposed to make people thin.
Whether any of these things can really make all people slim (or even fatter after a few years of yo-yo dieting, or with ruined bones and muscles due
to too much working out) remains scientifically debatable.
Sure, there's a lot of fit and fantastic looking average people, along with many who are not, but celebrity image editing only goes in the direction
of younger and slimmer features, and here we could also ask why it only supports a certain construction of beauty?
If these stars didn't painstakingly follow that construction of beauty, how many of them would still be in the magazines?
Not only that, but certain constructions of beauty may also be cultural (the fuller figure is widely desirable in South Africa, for example, or a
focus on youth may not be ubiquitous).
Some may prefer masculinity a little more on the unkempt side.
Evans gives some stars physiques of what still passed as "celebrity bodies" in the 1980s, which is seemingly no longer good enough.
Although many of the celebrities may be American, they are globally known, so I don't see it as an attack on Americans as such, but rather playing
with certain constructions of beauty.
edit on 22-7-2014 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)