Why I Love Beth Ditto, Vol. #1
Beth Ditto, if you are unaware, is the lead singer of the band indie queercore band, The Gossip. She is a talented singer, an advocate for gay rights, and an atypical sex symbol. The woman is just fab.
So, reason #1:
Because she does stuff like this.
Dittoh no! Beth strips at show
May 18, 2007
HERE’S BETH DITTO giving a gutsy performance in just bra and pants.
THE GOSSIP singer stripped off during her set at North London’s The Barfly.
And the crowd loved it – except for one chap who was hit in the face by a flying sanitary towel.
Later sozzled Beth stole a camera from the paparazzi to snap them, but by the night’s end she was slumped on the floor.
The woman’s got chutzpah. I would never have the guts to ever show off my stomach in front of my friends, let alone at a music gig. Her middle doesn’t look that bad to me, but then again, I’m more used to seeing women who look like that because I was raised in a family of full of them. I say, more power to her.
And while the purpose of turning this relatively minor event into a story for Victoria Newton’s Bizarre section of The Sun was just this side of mean-spirited, the comments on the story were not nearly as mocking or hateful as I was expecting. I mean, you’re always going to get the “Slim-Fast works!”/”Keep your clothes on!”-type comments, but some were actually on the “You go, girl!” side, too.
More power to her. Bet those of you saying she needs slimfast are no supermodels. Live and let live. She’s up there as a musician not a model – a lot of artists today seem to confuse the two! Go BETH!
makes a pleasant change from skeletal size zeros. why shouldnt she show herself,she is confident and successful woman, walk down to any beach and u see men with their beer bellies hanging out …but thats ok? yet people seem to think she should cover up…its about time people wise up, and be proud of who they are, a lot of men love BBWs. Good on her.
i’m sorry, but beth ditto is one of the hottest chicks on this planet. i don’t care what size a woman is if she’s got the kind of self-confidence beth’s got, she can share my bed any day! keep stripping, beth. keep rockin like you wanna. and for those of you who commented negatively and have never seen the gossip live… you have no idea. by the time they leave the stage every man, woman, and child, gay, straight, or asexual wants to get in her panties. she’s no joke, kids.
What got me, though, was this comment:
I am a big lady myself, but I would never expose myself like this. She is a good performer, but I still do not believe in promoting obesity. yeah some man like big woman bla bla … But it is health problem! I do not mind a bit of meet on my bones … But this is way too much!This women need a make-over, starting with her brain ….
I’m sorry, but I really don’t see how Beth taking off her shirt is an act of promoting obesity. I mean, why must everything be a political statement? I’m sure there was a sexual or defiant motive behind it, but how is this actively advocating obesity? What it’s advocating, if anything, (and I really hate to sound cliche and feminazi-ish) is that a woman should be able to do what she wants without having to mold herself to what society wants her to do. And if that means a fat woman is going to take off her shirt, then a fat woman takes off her shirt. Big whoop.
Yes, we all know obesity is a health problem, but it’s like saying that a photograph of someone eating a piece of candy promotes diabetes. This is a woman, people! She’s not a darn billboard!
So, enough ranting. For your entertainment, I suggest taking a look at one of The Gossip’s music videos so you can actually see Ms. Ditto in action. Here’s “Jealous Girls”: