In May, Jessica Simpson gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Maxwell Drew Johnson. In the following months, she's kept a low profile, but her name has dominated gossip sites and news feeds... and 99% of the headlines have been about her weight. Today, Jessica appeared on Katie Couric's new talk show, "debuting" her post-partum body, and buzz about her weight reached a fever pitch.
Jessica has been part of the public consciousness for over a decade. Her debut single, "I Wanna Love You Forever," was released in 1999. She went on to have a few more hits, and in 2003, her reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica aired on MTV. Appearing on that show -- broadcasting her farts and her thoughts about tuna ("Is this chicken that I have or fish?") -- set a precedent, in which her private life became public. But this baby weight thing is fucking crazytown. Clearly she has participated in the "news" -- inking a deal with Weight Watchers four weeks after her baby was born. But the sheer volume of reports about her body -- her weight -- is mind-boggling.