NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER: Courtney Love: Confused? Lying?

Courtney Love, 43, tells People magazine that she had gained 52 pounds eating macrobiotic food prepared by the same personal chef Gwyneth Paltrow had hired, and weighed 182 pounds at her peak. Here’s where her story really takes a departure from reality - now that she’s cadaverous-looking again, her "fat clothes" don’t fit anymore:

"All my [size] sixes and eights are on eBay. Most of the money is going to the Chrysalis Foundation for battered women in L.A. The other is Fair, which is fairness and accuracy in reporting which is a media watchdog group. They're both fabulous."

The Stiletto thinks that FAIR (AKA "Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) ought to use Love’s donation to investigate why none of the reporters or editors at People magazine appear to have a functioning bullsh*t detector. How credulous (that’s just a polite way of saying "stupid") does one have to be to believe that a woman who is 182 pounds can fit into a size 6 or 8?

According to Wikipedia, clothing catalogues (which use extremely flexible sizing measurements because customers cannot try clothes on before they buy) define a Misses’ (5’ 5" to 5' 6" tall) size 6 as 125 pounds and a size 8 as 135 pounds. At 182 pounds, Love would have been a size 20. But then, she wears designer duds, so vanity sizing might account some - not all - of the huge discrepancy.

[Editorial Note: FAIR also needs to look into Love’s comments in People suggesting that the Italian edition of Vogue, for one, ran pictures of her that were digitally altered to make her look significantly thinner ("They Photoshopped me. I couldn't fit into anything, all the backs had to be cut out …"). As Reuters knows all too well, publishing doctored photographs violates journalistic standards and ethics.]


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