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Hillary Clinton 'Overweight,' Author Ed Klein Tells Fox News

7:34 am - 06/07/2012
For some, when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Bangladesh in early May, the country's human rights record wasn't the top news. Nor was her speech on the recent tensions within the country.

Instead, the Drudge Report splashed a photo of Clinton's makeup-free face, calling her "au natural," as she merely sported black framed glasses and red lipstick.

Now, amidst the mounting rumors that Clinton will run for President in 2016 -- the knives are really coming out.

The latest attack on Clinton's appearance came from Ed Klein, an author who has penned a number of controversial and criticized books, including "The Truth About Hillary", which delves into Clinton's private life.

"At this very moment that we're speaking right now, Brian, [the Clintons] are already thinking seriously about running in 2016," author Ed Klein told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. "She'll be 69 years old. And as you know -- and I don't want to sound anti-feminist here -- but she's not looking good these days. She's looking overweight, and she's looking very tired."

Klein, a former New York Times magazine editor continued to comment on her appearance.

"I think she's going to take some time off, get back into shape. And if her health holds out-- that's a big if, of course -- if her health holds out, there's no question in my mind she and Bill -- two for the price of one -- will run in 2016."

Hillary isn't the only female politician to have her appearance attract media attention.

Whether it is Sarah Palin's glasses or Nicholas Sarkozy reportedly poking fun at German Chancellor Angela Merkel for taking a second helping of cheese after claiming she was on a diet, our society is seemingly comfortable judging female politicians on issues beyond their policies.

As Jezebel explains, this is the consequence of a society heavily conditioned to airbrushed photos.

It's not enough that Chancellor Merkel has a Ph.D. in Physics and is essentially viewed as the de facto leader of the E.U. Nor is Hillary Clinton's success as a lawyer, senator and secretary of state enough.

And when female politicians don't comply with societal expectations of beauty -- by foregoing makeup or taking an extra helping of cheese -- style and appearance can seem to trump policy, at least in some media reports.


A.N. Struggled pretty damn hard not to bold the entire last part of this article. Also, I'm bitterly unsurprised that the appearance-related attacks have started so soon. Because we all know that men are allowed to be thin, fat, tall, short, bald, gaunt-faced or not, but if you're a woman and you somehow deviate from the generally accepted standards of beauty, you're fucked.
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johnnypenn 7th-Jun-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Hilary Clinton is human. Just like everyone else. And she's...an older woman. Her weight is gonna shift.
A lot of people battle weight issues. This just makes her human, like everyone else.
And. I think people need to keep their noses out of other people's weight issues.
I don't care how much Hilary Clinton weighs. That's her business. Not the publics.
This goes for all celebrities and anyone else we watch for entertainment.
beoweasel 7th-Jun-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Ed Klein is also the same scumbag who has questioned Hillary Clinton's sexual orientation and promotes the conspiracy theory that Bill raped her (and that Chelsea was born from said rape).

And I like how these conservatives love policing Hillary and Michelle Obama's weight, but they don't say a damn thing about Chris Christie, but then, he's a man and a Republican, so he gets a free pass.
lisasimpsonfan 7th-Jun-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
- but she's not looking good these days. She's looking overweight, and she's looking very tired."

BECAUSE every other president we have ever had has been a SEX GOD!!!!11! And looks = ability to be a good president.

Fuck you Ed Kline.
bunnika 7th-Jun-2012 05:14 am (UTC)
Well, I'll give it to Republicans: Young Reagan was kinda hot. But uh...yeah, looks didn't really correlate to presidential ability.
layweed 7th-Jun-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
What the fuck is this shit.
san 7th-Jun-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
And as you know -- and I don't want to sound anti-feminist here --

*hits the buzzer*
beoweasel 7th-Jun-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Nono, he doesn't sound 'anti-feminist' he sounds likes a misogynistic prick.
tekiclutch 7th-Jun-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of an episode of Doctor Who where the PM (female) did something to piss off the Doctor and he just turns around and says to a journalist, "don't you think she looks tired..." and it kills her career. :/

The saddest part about all of this is there are plenty of other things you could be doing to further political discourse - the best thing you could think of to criticize Clinton was talk about her appearance? Not only is it sexist, it's just plain lazy. I guess I shouldn't expect much from Fox News, though...

Edited at 2012-06-07 05:08 am (UTC)
ms_maree 7th-Jun-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
"don't you think she looks tired..." and it kills her career

Yep, but you know they were saying the same about a local female politician recently in my area, teh same thing 'she looks tired' and I was like yeah, no. Grrr. It's so loaded.

Edited at 2012-06-07 06:20 am (UTC)
bunnika 7th-Jun-2012 05:10 am (UTC)
Obvious misogyny is obvious. Fucking Republicans had a trilobite running against Obama first term, but that's toooootally fine because he was a dude.

Tangentially, I somehow never stopped to think about Hillary's age. It just didn't even occur to me that she's in her 60's. She looks fucking fabulous, IMO.

Edited at 2012-06-07 05:10 am (UTC)
evilgmbethy 7th-Jun-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I've always thought she looked fabulous, and people have always painted her as an ugly shrew anyway.
mollywobbles867 7th-Jun-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
evilgmbethy 7th-Jun-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
One wonders what this douche would have to say about Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie. Oh, what's that? Nothing? GEE, I WONDER WHY.
lickety_split 7th-Jun-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
FYI, the GOP is gonna announce a Morris Chestnut / Idris Elba ticket any day now.
anolinde 7th-Jun-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
w/e, Hillary's got my 2016 vote.
moonshaz 7th-Jun-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Mine, too!
ms_maree 7th-Jun-2012 06:18 am (UTC)
She's looking overweight, and she's looking very tired.

Ugh, Dr Who flashbacks.

brittlesmile 7th-Jun-2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Ugh, not only is this disgustingly sexist but I just cannot understand the construction of Hillary as 'ugly'. She always looks fierce as fuck to me.
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one_hoopy_frood Re: Did they not receive the memo?7th-Jun-2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
This is possibly my favorite Kate Beaton thing ever.
little_rachael 7th-Jun-2012 08:27 am (UTC)
Not only is the weight part offensive is all fuck, but so is the idea that "the Clintons" will be running in 2016. Yes, Bill Clinton is a former president. But she's the one who might be running, not him. SHE is the present secretary of State, not him. For God's sake.
cashay 7th-Jun-2012 09:20 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure if he could run again it would be just "Bill Clinton" and not many people would talk about "The Clintons".
starbonds 7th-Jun-2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
man she's in her sixties, she can do whatever the fuck she wants

also she looks waaaay better the most of the old ugly fat white guys in the senate
ladypolitik 7th-Jun-2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
What a fucking asshole.

Nothing's really changes, really; the GOP has been talking shit about Clinton's looks for 20 years, back when she was First Lady, back when she ran laps around these ugly-as-fuck GOP misogynists in the looks department (and still does, lbr).

And these people talked shit about Chelsea, if you recall. Just like they talk shit about the Obama daughters and Michelle Obama today, like they're not gorgeous. Surprise! Pricks act like dicks when dehumanizing the female body whether it's 14 or 62. Nothing ever changes.
sfrlz 7th-Jun-2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
The media's bullying of Chelsea Clinton always bothered me on a personal level because I was growing up at the same time and was just like her - kind of awkward, poofy out-of-control curly hair, etc. Most teenage girls (and boys), save for a lucky few, go through some sort of awkward appearance stage before they "grow into" their looks/body. I can't imagine having to go through that with the whole world watching.

Same with Hillary really. She's 69 fucking years old, she's not going to look like a 25-year-old model. I honestly hope I look that good at her age.
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