Feb. 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM ET
It’s been much ado about Angelina Jolie’s leg since Sunday night’s Oscar telecast, but now it seems focus has shifted to her slim figure.
This week, Bill O’Reilly offered a “reality check” for the 36-year-old star on his nightly program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” suggesting her arguably frail figure could be cause for concern.
"Is it just me or is she looking mighty slim these days? Emaciated even?" posed the outspoken media personality to audiences. "I was kind of taken aback. Look at the arms on her! Once again the media largely ignoring Ms. Jolie's physical profile, but she is a role model for some women. I mean, she is slight. Let’s hope it’s nothing unusual."
O’Reilly wasn’t the only one with an opinion on Jolie’s figure. Us Weekly reports her less-than-voluptuous frame became an instant topic on Twitter Oscar night, at one point generating 3,399 tweets per minute.
Dr. Drew Pinsky took a stance on his HLN show “Dr. Drew,” saying to viewers, “My eye tells me that she is dangerously malnourished.”
Jolie was at the award show to present honors for best original screenplay and adapted screenplay, attending alongside her partner, Brad Pitt, who was nominated for his role in “Moneyball.”
Many said the star looked fine, and some took to task the weight obsession of Hollywood and those who follow its stars.
“She is GORGEOUS, period,” comments reader Janet Bowie on Us.
“She's definitely skinny,” Eileenla writes on The Huffington Post. “So what? If she feels healthy, skinny is fine. If she wants to put on a few pounds, that's fine too. Perhaps if we stopped obsessing about weight and external appearances in this country and focused more on supporting our mental, emotional and physical health (what a concept!) people would worry less about how their clothes fit and concern themselves more with how fit their minds, hearts and bodies are.”
“She doesn't look any thinner than half of Hollywood,” adds jstjuls.
Many pointed out that jabs about excess weight are considered offensive, asking why it's OK to go the other route. Wrote Kelsey Wallace on Bitch Magazine's site, "Body snarking of the "eat a sammich, skinny" variety is hardly different from body snarking of the "stop eating sammiches, fatty" variety that we (hopefully) know better than to post in our Facebook feeds."
On the other hand, others are siding with O’Reilly, even if it pains them to admit it.
“I was sitting at a bar watching the Oscars,” comments Zoidberg2016 on The Huffington Post. “When she took to the stage, everyone else pretty much had the same opinion as Bill. And for once in my life, I agree with him.”
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