Author Admonishes Reporters for Drinking Angelina Kool-Aid

Irene Zutell, who once covered the Hollywood red carpet for People and US Weekly, says this weekend’s Oscars reminded her how deathly dull it is to ask celebrities who they are wearing. The author and CBS game show co-creator says she’s happier than ever to have left the silly, superficial awards show trenches.

But what makes her angry is how her media successors on Sunday celebrated a woman, Angelina Jolie, who in Zutell’s opinion looked like a poster child for anorexia. While many Tweeters and some commentators brought up the point of how skinny the actress looked, the Sunday night red carpet crew did nothing but gush. Writes Zutell on the iVillage site

What was more shocking—Angelina Jolie’s frail, sickly appearance or the fact that those covering the event seemed completely oblivious to it? And she was right in front of them. I was watching Angelina on television—which allegedly adds ten pounds to your body. I can only imagine what she looked like up close…

The media act like star-struck idiots while perpetuating a lie. Do they believe what they are saying? Or are they so afraid of being honest?

Zutell adds that even Adele, after triumphing plus-sized at the Grammys, was subsequently heavily Photoshopped on the cover of Vogue.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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