Opinon: “Fat Actress” is not amused

Dylan Lusk

Dylan Lusk

Dylan Lusk is a sophomore electronic media production major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected]

A recent crack by late night comedy host George Lopez has caused a lot more controversy than expected. Lopez compared actress Kirstie Alley to a pig on “Lopez Tonight,” but the comment was not well received by Alley.

Alley responded the way that any celebrity begging for attention would, by firing back on Twitter. She proclaimed Lopez was the big bad wolf in the situation, which makes one wonder if she realizes she’s still a pig in this analogy.

Maybe this outrage has to do with respect, not that many people are looking to earn Alley’s coveted respect. I have seen Conan O’Brien make multiple jokes about Alley that were much more offensive than Lopez’ s (and funnier).

If you look through it all, it seems like a sorry publicity stunt by Alley. Don’t get me wrong; I’m very thankful that she took this route for a publicity stunt rather than the sex tape route. But Alley has made her entire “career” on her weight. She used to be on a show titled “Fat Actress.” If I publically declared myself to be fat, I wouldn’t lash out at people for agreeing with me. She must’ve thought maybe this was her chance to shine once again. The Jenny Craig commercials don’t seem to be cutting it for stardom.

It’s hard to choose sides in this argument. I’m torn between a fat dude and a Mexican comedian who looks like an old catcher’s mitt. As much as it kills me to say, I have to side with Lopez here.

If you don’t want to be ridiculed then don’t put yourself in the limelight. I’ll make fun of any celebrity I see, because it makes me feel better about myself. Nothing soothes the soul like insulting someone more successful than you.

My favorite part of this battle was the comeback from Alley. She insulted Lopez for receiving a kidney transplant, which is hardly an insult at all. That’s just living; you can’t insult someone for that. She even asked for his kidney back, presumably for a late night snack.

Lopez has since apologized for his comments. However, he was not forgiven right away. Alley did not buy into Lopez’ apology at first. Although, he does not seem like the type of person to just throw an apology around. This is the man that punched Carlos Mencia in the face for stealing material from him. However, after a few more days in the spotlight, she finally forgave him.

So say this is a publicity stunt, did it make any effect? I still won’t watch “Lopez Tonight.” And I still don’t understand “Dancing with the Stars.” The only thing that has changed for me is that I remembered Alley existed. It just goes to show you that the only way to get to the general public is with a sex tape.