In addition to her recent legal woes, Fiona Apple has come under scrutiny from certain gossip sites—cough, TMZ, cough again, Perez Hilton—for her weight. In posts like this and this, "experts" pointed out Fiona’s thin figure in an attempt to… well, it’s not clear what their goal was, other than cruel body shaming. Now Fiona, who has never shied away from controversy, has fired back.
At a show in Clearwater, Florida, Apple called out Perez Hilton and TMZ by name:
"But Perez Hilton... to hire 'experts' to comment and say that I am sick is totally, totally irresponsible, and dangerous, and you should know better, and so should everybody who's talking about me like that. And I'm not on any drugs. I had some bourbon before I came out here. I've always been honest—why would I be dishonest about anything? Perez Hilton, TMZ, whoever you represent: I'm not invulnerable to this stuff. I've been around for many years, but it hurts. I didn't need to hear that I'm 90 years old just because I didn't have a facelift in the last seven years. I'm fucking losing weight because I'm having trouble digesting food because your guts are connected to your brain and I have a lot of stress in my brain.
"So lay off with that stuff because it hurts my feelings. If for no other reason, that should be a good enough reason. Stop hurting people's feelings, stop bullying people because you were bullied. I know that that's not what you are. It can't be. Please stop hurting my feelings, because it really f--king bothers me. Seriously. Please stop. It doesn't matter what I look like!"
And, to add emphasis to an already excellent rant, Tampa Bay Online reports she also said: "Don't call me frail. I'll beat the hell out of you."
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