I’m not a fan of Jessie J, so you can imagine after hearing her ridiculous commentary about her broken foot, well safe to say, I like her even less. Jessie told Q Magazine in a recent interview that she has found a “different respect” for the legless of the community. So, before she broke her foot, what exactly did she think of the paralysed minority? Now, I don’t want to put words in her mouth, she’s good enough at coming out with idiotic comments of her own anyway, but the phrasing of her interview does seem to suggest she previously disregarded those without legs and the inability to walk. Whether she purposefully meant to insult the permanently paralysed of our community, or whether she’s just not very good with words, who knows. It certainly explains why her lyrics are so poor, anyway.
The troubling question is, how do people find her inspiring? She is foolishly trying to compare a nine-week foot break to permanent paralysis. Since when do the two equate? Jessie may not be able to wear heels for the rest of her life but she still has legs! She can still walk! She’s still able to lead a normal, every day life (in regards to the ability to walk, not celebdom) so what’s the big deal? She claims this is the hardest thing she’s ever been through and I’m sure anyone who has ever broken their foot can empathise; but this is a completely different situation. Where she has most likely hoped to inspire her fans and reach out to the paralysed community, she has in fact trivialised the difficulties and hardship that those in wheelchairs or no leg(s) have to endure every day of their lives. Nine weeks compared to a lifetime? Massive time difference. “It’s okay not to be okay”, but is it okay to trivialise real suffering?
She is being celebrated by her fans for being one of the most influential young women in the world, but why? Has she been accused of paedophilia and had her entire personal life torn to pieces by the media and the paparazzi? No. Has she been accused of murdering someone because a body was found in her swimming pool? No. Has she been in and out of rehab because she’s addicted to heroin and alcohol? No. She’s just temporarily broken her foot, and we’re supposed to bend over and lavish her with sympathy and hugs and kisses, just because she’s a celebrity who, boohoo, had to go to a ‘normal’ hospital with all of us record-buying idiots instead of being treated like royalty. Jessie J, you’ve spent six or seven years creating an album that the critics still didn’t enjoy. Why during this time did you not get a reality check and realise you’re nothing special? You belong in a ‘normal’ hospital alongside your disillusioned fans. I’m surprised they didn’t test you for any brain damage whilst you were there.
The most worryingly aspect of this debate isn’t the offence Jessie has heaped on the legless community, but the influence she has over her fans; particularly children and teenagers who perhaps don’t know any better. Jessie claims, “I want to be a positive role model for young people. I always say that I’m half-artist, half-therapist”; but how is insinuating that stereotypical judgments on minority communities are acceptable until you go through the apparent national disaster of breaking your foot in any way positive aspects and role-model material? If the state of the current music charts wasn’t bad enough, the state of the intelligence of those within it is even worse.
But hey, nobody’s perfect. No, no, no-no-no, no, no, no-no-no-noooooo.