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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Rock and Roll

Ditto I have a new crush, and her name is Beth Ditto. She's the brash, unapologetic, larger-than-life front woman for the band The Gossip, and she posed nude for this month's cover of NME Magazine.

It's not difficult to see the impact of this magazine cover — Ditto is a plus-sized girl bearing it all in a culture that works to hide bodies like hers, not show them off. However, if she wants to continue building a fan base for her band, she should probably stop saying things like this when talking about fat culture: "If there's anyone to blame for size zero, it's not women. Blame gay men who work in the fashion industry and want these women as dolls. Men don't know what it feels like to be a woman and be expected to look a particular way." While Ditto may have a point, I think she should take a good look at her demographic — the gays have been supporting plus-sized songstresses for many years, particularly those who strut it like a drag queen.

You go, girl.

For more Ditto, check out this live performance from The Gossip:

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