What rhymes with Busband Healer? (So I’m reaching a little bit, just go with me here.) If you guessed “husband stealer,” you win a crisp one dollar bill and a baggie of my clipped toenails!! It’s just like Christmas!
Readers of Shape Magazine were aghast that they chose and published LeAnn Rimes as the cover model and featured interview in the mag, in which she refers to herself as “America’s Sweetheart.” *cough-fuckoffbitch-cough* She told the magazine about how hard it was for her to cheat on her husband and take up with a married father of two. “After going through this, I know I can face anything.” Some readers were mortified that Rimes — who has admitted to cheating on ex-husband Dean Sheremet with then-married “CSI” Meh-Faced Eddie Cibrian — was glorified on the fitness magazine’s cover with the sympathetic coverline, “LeAnn Rimes: How Working Out Saved Me.”
Oh, LeAnn! You’re an inspiration!
Shape acknowledges it was a “terrible mistake” in an email exclusively obtained by TooFab, sent out to some readers.
Shape is actually a decent magazine and, while their response statement was never made or intended to be their official statement, they handled the reader’s outrage, unlike certain other magazines, quite admirably. And by admirably I mean like a Rick James-like bitchslap on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Shape has refused to comment on the leaked e-mail. Compare this to the way that Self’s editor bitchily responded to the controversy over Photoshopping Kelly Clarkson thin or the way that Marie-Claire’s editor defended their obnoxious ‘ew, fat people’ article. (Side note: If you haven’t read this, you’re missing out on a pot o’ gold that would make the Lucky Charm Leprechaun froth at the mouth.)
Shape is better than that, and they seem genuinely sorry.
TooFab has obtained the email that the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Valerie Latona sent to those who expressed outrage over the cover:
Subject: To my dear Shape readers
You are all in good company (why I’m e-mailing you all together) as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover.
Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal-but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment.
But it did not come across that way … And for that I’m terribly sorry.
I hope that we can do better the next time for those of you that will give us another chance.
A rep for Shape had no comment. I have a comment. ROCK ON, SHAPE! I think I’ll buy one of your magazines, even though if I hear about a celebrity diet consisting of a grilled salad for lunch, I might choke a bitch.