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Et Tu, Clair Huxtable?

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We’ve all seen the Jenny Craig commercials with semi-celebrities talking about their weight loss goals and successes, right?

Kirstie Alley? Didn’t quite work out the way she hoped.

Valerie Bertinelli? Looking good these days in her bikini on the cover of People magazine.

It never bothered me to see these two doing weight loss commercials. I mean, really. Other than Cheers and One Day at a Time neither of them could really be considered major talents or celebrities any more.

But now Jenny Craig has pulled in someone who IS a talent! They have hired Phylicia Rashad/Clair Huxtable/Broadway star to sell their product!

I have many problems with this.

For one, it’s Clair friggin‘ Huxtable! If she did indeed need to lose weight (which she doesn’t!) she would handle it in a dignified, private manner. Not splash it all over TV.

Two, Phylicia Rashad looks great. In the first commercial where she talks about wanting to lose weight she doesn’t look big at all. Is she a skinny super-model? No. Is she a healthy looking woman? Yes!

Third, not only is she Clair friggin‘ Huxtable, she’s also a Broadway star. These commercials just feel beneath her to me.

Now I know Jenny Craig didn’t force her to do these commercials and it’s obviously a choice SHE made, but I don’t like it. When even super mom Clair Huxtable is telling the world it’s time to lose weight, what hope do any of us have for a normal body image?

I can’t help wondering what Dr. Huxtable would make of all this.

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