What happens when you try to voice your opinion, and take some artistic direction, is evident by the lack of support by her label, the passive aggressive actions of the American Idol benefit, and the press that are the Storm Troopers of the Empire, all warm and cozy nestled in their pockets. It's a hard lesson passed down, but the courage of Kelly to stick to her vision from beginning to end, regardless of the scrutiny, is admirable whether you are a fan or not. It's called Artistic Integrity, and it is rare, it is necessary.
What if it was a guy in this situation? Would it be such a big deal? I doubt that it would, and she certainly wouldn't get cutting reviews making fun of her supposed weight problem. What the hell does that have to do with her talent and where her music is headed? Not a damn thing, and, in fact, most of the reviews written about her weight are by men, which is very symbolic of the industry that she is involved in. She must adhere to an unrealistic standard of what is perceived, by men, as beautiful. Magazines like Cosmo, Elle, etc. perpetuate the cycle by providing these images as something to aspire to, rather than accept and admire who you are.
Reality check, a magazine that weighs 25 pounds, that has 10 pages of content, and 490 pages of products showing you how to cover up yourself is not a magazine after your true interest. Catering to people's insecurities is a manipulation, it's a marketing scheme, and it works. Why? Because it is unrealistic, the majority will never look like that, but they'll spend ass loads of money trying to get there, and that is the point. "Buy this foundation and you will look like a star!"
No, buy that foundation and you'll look like a woman with foundation on. Photoshop will make you look like a star. But don't speak out against it, oh no. Don't remind people that it is all an illusion, or you'll get burned at the stake just as Kelly was during this whole drama. Well Kelly, it was a great effort, but apparently you're not allowed out of the kitchen yet, throw on that apron you have muffins to make.