That’s right, I’m writing ANOTHER pop culture piece. So sue me. This time, though, it truly pains me to be discussing someone I actually think is pretty rad, as far as celebrities go; Kelly Osborne has been someone who essentially did and said whatever she wanted, without regard for her public image. But… that could be because she didn’t have much of a public image before she lost a ton of weight, and petty paparazzi were no longer distracted from her beauty by her body. This is neither here nor there; I am writing about something else entirely- sort of.
Kelly Osborne was recently reported to have experienced such devastation after a breakup that she had begun binge eating, and suddenly she comes forward with a “Food Addiction” and checks herself into rehab. (after *gasp* gaining FIVE pounds…) Here’s my issue, though: Kelly previously battled drug and alcohol addiction pretty publicly, and while addiction is addiction is addiction… I have to wonder WHY suddenly a newly-thin Ms.Osborne would cross-addict to food? Or is it a cover-up for the fact that she relapsed on drugs and had to go to rehab for that? But why go public with the rehab stint at all, then, if it was a lie? Is it to remind the world that she’s thin, and so much more lovable now?
Perhaps to capitalize on her thinness, turning a potential PR nightmare into an opportunity to make Thin Kelly into a spokesperson for food addiction and/or eating disorders? Are food-related disorders more publicly acceptable than drug addiction, substance abuse, and alcoholism? How about the depression that prompted the collapse in the first place? Why not be a spokesperson for that? Are the mental illnesses associated with food-related disorders not glamorous enough for celebrities to stand on in times of PR instability?
The celebrity culture has bastardized the sanctity of marriage, family, adoption, child-rearing, autobiographies, education, art, talent, and essentially everything there once was to cling to under the pretense an “American Dream”; now, it seems, they pose a threat to honesty of Addiction Recovery, Mental Health Education, Substance Abuse Education, Eating Disorder Education and Recovery, Mental Illness Help and Support, and everything these platforms stand to bring to society. By allowing a white lie to add to the stigmatization of drug addiction relapse as shameful, and somehow less deserving of Kelly Osborne’s PR team’s efforts, society dips their hands in blood of those whose shameful silence will overcome them.
Addiction is NOT glamorous or exciting or beautiful, but RECOVERY IS! Relapse is often a huge part of recovery, and when social figures own up to their relapses, and make use of their celebrity to bring awareness to that reality– well that, to me, is sexier and hotter and more fun than any other piece of celeb gossip I could ever read, regardless of the person’s weight.