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Quit Picking on Adele Already

Rolling in Deep Fried Dross

What's with all the Adele baiting lately? The singer is uber-talented and yes, she happens to cut a different shape than her many stick-insect contemporaries. Her music matters above all else, so she doesn't feel the need to starve herself to fit into a celebrity mold. In my books, rather than a target, she's a role model to young women.

But if Joan Rivers sees it that way, it hasn't stopped the 79-year-old from repeatedly taking cheap shots at Adele's weight. I like Rivers. But I don't like fat jokes, just as I don't like racist jokes. To me comedians who indulge in either show a distinct lack of imagination.

It started with Rivers quipping to David Letterman that Adele should have named her hit song "Rolling in the Deep Fried Chicken." She went on to add in a HuffPost live interview: "[Adele's] a chubby lady who's very, very rich, and she should just calm down—or lose weight!"

Is Rivers really that thin (no pun) on material these days that she has to take aim at probably the last celeb who deserves ribbing? It seems so. How would she feel in the face of such criticism about the shocking amount of plastic surgery she has received? How would she feel if someone made fun of Jewish princesses?

"Adele is one of the very few women in pop music I want my daughter to look up to and you're making jokes about the way she looks when you're so insecure about your own face you've spent more money on it than the producers of 'Life of Pi' spent on that tiger," said fellow comedian Adam Hills. "Get a plastic surgeon to manufacture yourself a new soul."

But Rivers isn't the only one picking on Adele. Last year, designer Karl Lagerfield was quoted in Metro saying, "She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." Lady Gaga also added her two cents.

Mercifully Adele has her head screwed on straight and her priorities in check. Remarkable for a ridiculously famous 24-year-old. "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that," she said in an interview with People last year. Hallelujah!

R.I.P. Jim Morrison. In an interview from the vaults, the former Doors frontman was partial to the portly, claiming he felt powerful when he was at his heaviest.

"You know, that's something that really bothers me. What's wrong with being fat? That's what I want to know. Why is it so onerous to be fat? I don't see anything wrong with fat," he apparently said in a 1969 interview with Village Voice. "It's terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you'd get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful."

If he were around today, Jim would certainly race to Adele's defense.

As for Rivers et al, time to find some new material and start picking on someone your own size. Targeting Adele just makes you look mean and small-minded.