Crying over a broken foot? Give over, you big Jessie

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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.

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  • http://twitter.com/_rawrrrr Justine

    Lol. I thought Miley Cyrus had already covered the lesson on ‘nobody’s perfect’. 

    Seriously, though, it worries me when people idolise celebrities for putting common sense in a song. I appreciate the sentiment, but it is sad to think that people won’t listen or believe messages like ‘love yourself’ or ‘it’s okay to be you’ unless a celebrity says it. It’s kind of like how Lady Gaga is celebrated for making it okay to be yourself, and to appreciate the fact that we were ‘born this way’. Now, I appreciate some Gaga: she’s talented (I much prefer her live versions to her studio versions, I have to admit), I like listening to her, and it’s nice that she’s sending out these messages. What I don’t do, though, is idolise her, as many people seem to. On the internet, you have fans who dedicate their lives to her, claiming that she has changed them, and that she’s the Goddess of all things LGBT or whatever (because, y’know, sexuality defines you, right? -cough-). I’m down with being positively influenced by someone and having role models and all, but the very idea of IDOLISING her goes against everything she supposedly stands for: being yourself and accepting the way you are, rather than obsessing over someone else and who they are. 

    If people showed even half that amount of respect to their parents, teachers or friends who’ve tried to get the same message across, the world could be a much better place.

    I’ve nothing against the celebrities themselves for being received this way – it’s the way they’re being received that I have issues with. Don’t we have better things to do with our time?

    As for Jessie J – I don’t follow her or listen to her that often, but I sincerely hope what she said was just a stupid throwaway comment that she doesn’t seriously believe in. People say stupid things all the time without expecting their words to be analysed later, and celebrities are often (imo) unfairly criticised for comments that _anyone_ could accidentally let slip. I haven’t read the Q interview myself, but I’m assuming someone interviewed her, asking about her foot. If she’d merely responded to the question, “how is your foot?” with “Fine, thanks!” and ended it there, it would be the most boring (but honest) interview ever. The problem is, a celebrity, people would expect her to have something interesting to say, so she’d have to (okay, maybe not) turn her experience into some kind of life lesson. (Lol.) (She obviously could’ve been more tactful about her response, though.)

    What I don’t understand is why people care so much about her feet in the first place.