January 31, 2006

International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Responds to New Pink Video

(PRWEB) - (PRWEB) January 30, 2006 -- The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp,) an organization committed to training and certifying professionals in the field of eating disorder treatment, responds immediately:

The latest Pink video "Stupid Girls" highlights the culture’s relentless and unrealistic pursuit of thinness and unattainable drive for physical beauty. iaedp sees this as an opportunity to again remind people of the seriousness of eating disorders which have devastating effects as individuals struggle to achieve social acceptance and self-worth.

The goal of ieadp is to educate the public to focus on the victims who need compassion and encouragement in their attempts to heal. This is an illness not a choice.

President of iaedp, Emmett Bishop, MD, adds, "This video highlights how life-consuming an eating disorder can be. I am hoping that women can see the un-glamorous side of celebrity popularity founded on physical beauty alone."

iaedp does not intend to endorse Pink’s video or personal political position. However, the release of her album and video does occur before the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and illuminates powerfully the impact of these disorders in this country and elsewhere.
At the same time we applaud the message of Pink’s song and her statement which points out "that if we waste our time, money and energy on trying to be someone else's idea of fabulous, we waste our potential to be something better."

For additional practitioner comments or expert interviews, please feel free to contact a member of the iaedp Board of Directors.


  1. OMG! I just saw the new Pink video. I cannot believe that it was actually shown on TV. I can see why the Ed authorities have stepped in. I am appalled, what an image to portray to young girls who will view this. Yeah ok so it was shown on tv after 11pm but how long for, what about on the music channels, what about the music dvd's, the downloads for ipods, mobile phones etc. All of these are readily availiable to people of all ages.
    I'm not sure if any of you have seen the video but at one point Pink says 'I had 300 calories today', a girl next to her in the bathroom then vomits with the aid of a toothbrush and Pink asks to borrow the toothbrush and does the same. And then in the gym you see her underwear which has the statement 'say no to food'! What kind of image is this portraying to young girls? What's next pro-ed billboards? The only positive thing is the song title is 'Stupid Girls' but then again is that positive - isn't that just making out that people with ed's are stupid grrr

  2. Pink's 'Stupid' New Video Features Fake Breasts, Fake 50 Cent
    01.18.2006 8:45 PM EST

    'Stupid Girls' attacks the phenomenon of superficial pop-culture role models.
    Pink in her video for "Stupid Girls"
    Photo: Sony/BMG

    Pink's video for "Stupid Girls" is all about how fake celebrities can be, so it makes perfect sense that not everything in the video is real either — including co-star 50 Cent.

    "I live in L.A., so it's obvious what I'm surrounded by.

    Photos, audio and video from this story

    Try This
    (Arista Records)
    "God Is A DJ"
    Try This
    (Arista Records)
    "You Make Me Sick"
    Can't Take Me Home

    ... I don't need to name names," Pink said recently (see "Pink Would Rather Fall Off A Car Than Get Glammed Up For Her Videos"), discussing how the song was inspired by how vapid Hollywood can be, and how young girls should aspire to more than their pop-culture role models represent.

    (Check out photos from the video here.)

    In the Dave Meyers-directed clip for "Stupid Girls," then, Pink's surrounded by superficiality, and includes references to Paris Hilton's sex tape, Jessica Simpson's music videos, Mary-Kate Olsen's boho shopping sprees and Lindsay Lohan's car crashes. Pink reenacts them all as parody, falling off the hood of a soaped-up car and later crashing into pedestrians while on her cell phone, bothered only by the fact that it distracts her from applying more lip gloss. She shops at Fred Segal, buys a little accessory dog (touted to "stay younger longer") and tries to throw up in the restroom after boasting how few calories she can subsist on.

    When Pink's not pretending to be these and other starlets, she plays herself, as she wonders if she should try to fit in — starting with her breast size. A special tab on her shirt, labeled "Pull in case of emergency," inflates her breasts while out on a date. She lies on a plastic surgeon's table with dotted lines marking other areas that could be modified. She runs on a treadmill at the gym as she tears off her clothes in an effort to keep up with the exercise-aholics next to her (with her "Die Hipster Scum" T-shirt giving away how she really feels).

    Photos from Pink's "Stupid Girl" video
    The problem, Pink surmises, is that if we waste our time, money and energy on trying to be someone else's idea of fabulous, we waste our potential to be something better. Our priorities are askew, our ambitions misplaced. "What happened to the dream of a girl president? She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent," Pink sings, as she dances next to a man who looks a lot like (but isn't really) 50 Cent.

    Throughout the vignettes, a little girl sits holding her Barbie doll and channel surfs between TV shows on etiquette lessons and a political campaign (with Pink at the lectern). A Pink angel and a Pink devil appear on either side of her shoulders, planting thoughts in the girl's head to pull her in different directions, causing her to wonder along to Pink's lyrics, "Maybe if I act like that? ... Push up my bra like that?"

    Ultimately she decides, "I don't want to be a stupid girl," and forgoes her Barbie doll to play with a football instead.

    "There's a certain thing the world is being fed," Pink said, "and my point is there should be a choice."

    — Jennifer Vineyard

    After reading this, I still don't think everyone is going to see past the bodies, calories and vomiting.


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