David Arquette blasts NYT blogger: ‘wasting space for real news’


Everyone has been up in arms about last week’s NY Times Blog insinuating that several Hollywood actresses once known for being waifs have – gasp – “put on a little weight.” That list, according the blog, included not only Jennifer Aniston but her BFF and “Friends” co-star Courteney Cox. Cox’s husband, David Arquette, was asked about this and didn’t seem upset about the weight gain allegations – but instead, he felt that writing an entire article devoted to the body image of actresses was a “waste of space” and mean-spirited.

A New York Times fashion blogger outraged readers last week after alleging that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Kate Hudson have “put on a little weight” at the Golden Globe awards. But while fans raised eyebrows at the bold criticism, one person who was less downright angry was Cox’s husband, David Arquette. In fact, he thought that even discussing it was a waste of time, and that the blog had nothing to do with anything. I so agree.

The actor voiced his disgust to Tarts at the opening of the “Pee Wee Herman Show” in Los Angeles Wednesday. “I don’t think that has anything to do with anything. Writing articles about people that put on weight is just wasting space for real news,” Arquette said. “And who really cares? I love round people, I love skinny people. I love people in general; we’ve got to get past labels and stop being so critical about everything. On the Internet, people find that place and think they can just speak their mind, but a lot of the time you see how mean people are. In general, we just need to be a kinder society.”

[From Fox News]

If this NY Times blogger, Andy Port, was looking to get noticed, mission accomplished. I thought David Arquette’s response was very gracious, and he does bring up a great point. This blogger was supposed to be covering the fashion at the Golden Globes. Instead, she went on a rant that dissed the body sizes of women in attendance. But then again, another NY Times blogger covering the event also took a swipe at actor Michael C. Hall for wearing a skullcap to cover his hair loss after recovering from chemotherapy. So that gives you an idea of the intellect here. I know the NY Times is a sinking ship that is desperate for readership, but is this really the way to go about it? By joining the mean, ignorant, “Perez Hilton” school of blogging?

David Arquette at the opening of ‘The Pee Wee Herman Show’ in LA on January 20, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Stephie says:

    Hehe, I think that’s the most put together he’s ever looked. Agree with him too. Waste of space those types of articles.

  2. Ana says:

    I guess I’m the only one that didn’t notice any weight gain.

  3. Amelia says:

    They’re all so skinny. WTF is the blogger talking about? I’m sick of this body reporting crap myself.

  4. ses says:

    Andy Port is a female – maybe that’s why she thought she could get away with commenting on other women’s weight? Or she has no fashion knowledge so she discussed bodies instead?


  5. Dolkite says:

    Can someone explain why he is dressed like Pee-Wee Herman?

    Courtney Cox needs to put on about 40 lbs before she is remotely attractive.

  6. ChickenTetrazzini says:


    Because he is a tool. You’re welcome!!

  7. Tess says:

    The NYT has always taken cheap shots at their political enemies by sneaking editorial opinion into their so-called straight news coverage—-which is supposed to be a major journalistic no-no.

    The only new thing here is that they fired on Hollywood “friends.”

    Oh the shock and dismay.

  8. L says:

    Because he’s at the Pee Wee Herman show in LA. Which is hilarious.

  9. padiddle says:

    yes, let’s make the waifs more waifey, because that’s necessary.
    None of them looked any bigger than usual, unless Andy Port has bionic eyes capable of seeing when a person gains .00000001 of a pound.
    I’ve given up hope that the world will one day celebrate women who are HEALTHY – neither extremely skinny nor overweight.

  10. dk says:

    None of them looked too skinny, but they all looked curvy and more filled out than before, and it looked great. Fat is not attractive. I hope courtney cox never has to gain 40 lbs and go through what I went through! it’s better to be 10 lbs. underweight than 30 lbs. overweight. Any health or obesity related study will confirm that.

  11. anonymei says:

    I would like to see a picture of this Andy Port and have a twitter topic dedicated to discussing how she looks and picking her every flaw apart. I hope her friends/ family/ employer call her out for contributing the the self hatred many women/ young girls feel about their own looks. I hope the public would boo and hiss at her as she walks by.

  12. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “The NYT has always taken cheap shots at their political enemies by sneaking editorial opinion into their so-called straight news coverage”

    really? got an example of that? haven’t read the NYT lately, but they usually keep that type of stuff to the editorials.

    which political enemies do you refer to? and what did they say?

  13. Tess says:

    @ Praise:

    Puleeeze, don’t feign such ignorance.
    It’s such a time waster.

    As for the rest: use your imagination. or take your blinders off. or read the paper.

  14. Dhavy says:

    I dont think Courtney Cox has ever been curvy, she’s been skinny since before Friends

  15. Dannni says:

    David is a generous and all around cool guy. Everybody knows this. :)

  16. Jazz says:

    I didn’t notice any of these actresses weight gain either. Courteney Cox probably hasn’t had any weight gain since she had her daughter.