Kate Upton is taking a lot of flack this week. And while I agree that there are many reasons to poke fun at Upton—for example, her insistence on wearing bikinis 85% of the time and that whole annoying “Cat Daddy” moment—the reasons she’s being dissed at the moment make me highly uncomfortable.
First, the website Skinny Gossip—which to be fair is a pro-ana thinspiration website and not your run of the mill celebrity news source—has attacked Upton for being a “fatty.”
Writes the website, “She looks thick, vulgar, almost pornographic – and she is a solid 30 lbs too heavy for this outfit … Is this what American women are ‘striving’ for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!”
UGH. Where do I even start? Obviously, Upton is not in the slightest bit fat. She, however, does look very different from the reigning models of our day, who spend way too much time in the gym and thus look like tall strands of muscle. I’ve always liked that Upton—while being tall and skinny—looks soft, far more like myself than a Gisele Bundchen. That’s why I was so happy back when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Oh, but that’s not all. This week, Upton is also being accused of being “bad luck” for Detroit Tigers pitcher, Justin Verlander.
It appears that Upton has moved on from New York Jet quarterback Mark Sanchez, if she was ever really dating him in the first place, and is now seeing Verlander. According to the Huffington Post, the pair spent last weekend together in Detroit. The two apparently both went to last Thursday’s Aerosmith concert and, afterwards, headed bar hopping with friends. Upton was also reportedly spotted around Verlander’s hotel room.
Already the Los Angeles Times has written, “Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, is having another great season — so good that he was named the league’s starting pitcher in Tuesday night’s All-Star game. But what happened? Verlander got rocked for five runs in the first inning, and the NL rolled to an 8-0 victory, earning home-field advantage at the World Series in the process. Of course, it’s all Upton’s fault.”
And Yahoo! Sports adds, “Surely there is an explanation for all of this. And a good one, too. Blame it on Kate Upton, who reportedly spent at least Thursday and Friday with — or in close proximity to — Verlander. The 20-year-old bikini model obviously had some type of negative impact on Verlander’s pitching. That’s the only way to explain it. Clearly, she stole his mojo.”
Double UGH. As I have explained extensively before I hate the idea that, when a sports star has a rough game, week or season, fans are so quick to chalk it up to the woman their dating being bad luck rather than the statistical inevitably. Does this bother anyone else?