In a recent flight of body positivity and speaking up for themselves, mother-daughter duo, Sharon Osborne and Kelly Osborne have taken the lead. After a nondescript celebrity tabloid National Enquirers shamed Kelly for putting on weight and binge eating, the pair took to Instagram to post a mail from their head office, addressed to her and exposed their double standards on social media. They also tagged the tabloid’s editor-in-chief in their post, dated Tuesday, November 30.
The incident took a very unprecedented and insensitive turn when the tabloid who wanted to actually do a cover story on the singer and her apparent struggle with alcoholism, tool things further by making the comment, that she “has put on a tremendous amount of weight” lately. The email also listed how Kelly has been suffering from a lot of stress and depression owing to her relapse into alcohol addiction and probably has been trying to cope with that by binge eating. Not only was this a harsh and insensitive comment, but the spirit and the tone underlying this statement and causation-correlation narrative was also quite unfounded.
TV personality Kelly Osborne, daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osborne, has been sober for almost 4 years but in April 2021, she came clean to her fans on social media claiming how she has relapsed into her old ways in the past. “This is a little hard for me to talk about, but I’ve always promised you that I will always be honest with you about where I’m at and what’s going on in my road to recovery,” she shared in her Instagram video story feature.
She recounted her struggle with alcohol addiction and went on record to say and even pledge that whatever has happened previously, she wouldn’t let things go worse and would try her best to keep strong, healthy, honest and sober in the upcoming months. She thanked her family, friends and fans for their unwavering love and support under such trying times, even when she was reeling through depressive episodes.
“This past year has been one of the hardest years of my life and I feel it’s time share that with you guys,” she said. “To cut a long story short things got really dark. I gave up on everything in my life but most of all I gave up on myself. Life on life’s terms became to much for me to handle. The only way I knew how to function was to self medicate and go from project to project so I never had to focus on what was really going on with me. Something had to give… and it did.”
So when the tabloid made such comments, it was enough to make Sharon’s blood boil. She took to Instagram to bash the editor and the writers of that particular interview on how they would deliberately pick on a young woman and comment on her weight or body or appearance, to subdue her and propagate an unhealthy body image or mind-set.
The former The Talk host said, “If you can’t give her the dignity of taking a walk with me on a Sunday morning in our neighbourhood without humiliating her and belittling her by commenting on the way she looks, all I can say is SHAME ON YOU.” She even called the reporter “a bottom feeder with a lack of empathy.”
Kelly for her part tagged the editor-in-chief, Dan Dolan, in her post asking people to make him accountable for running such an insensitive publication.
“This is what I have to deal with on a daily basis,” she wrote in the caption of her post. “Feel free to email Dan and tell him what you think about them fat shaming me.”
The incident happened days after Osborne took to the public media site to share her story as a recovering alcoholic and how she would have to face strong criticism and judgement from nearly everyone, something which has made her stress out even more and affected her mental health.