The nudist world is up in arms at the moment over a video that was posted on YouTube featuring Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell discussing nudist beaches, which Simon unwittingly visited whilst on a recent vacation.
Simon described the experience like “finding yourself on a minefield” and “there was literally no place that I could go without a small or large whatsit in front of me – mainly small”. He went on to say “What I found most amazing about this nudist beach was how many ugly people there were. I thought they would all be cute, but seriously!” Both of them agreed that the people on the beach were those who “shouldn’t be” nude and that many of them were lying down with their legs wide open.
Not trying to get too PC here, but I was offended by these superficial and glib remarks about nudists, especially coming from one of the most powerful and influential men in the entertainment industry at time of writing.
What business is it of his to go judging who is ‘ugly’ or not? And what business is it of his to go saying that they all lie on the beach with their legs open? As a beach nudist for the last 22 years, I have seldom seen nudists on Alex Bay or Cobbler’s Beach lying with their legs wide open. And even if they do, it is NOT a sign to mean that they are sexually available, especially the women.
It is unfortunately a sad fact that there are some very creepy guys who go to nudist beaches not to enjoy the sun and sea but to just stare at unsuspecting women’s pubes. This makes the women feel uncomfortable and most of them more often than not cut their beach trip short and head off home. And then so many nudist guys are beside themselves as to why there are not enough women who are keen on going to nude beaches.
With my take on ugliness: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not everybody likes to see skinny waif-like people naked anymore than not everyone likes seeing fat, or plus sized people on the beach regardless of whether naked or not. Having a natural size 12 – 16 body size with curves or being cuddly is cool. Being obese or anorexic is not.
If you are a nudist and talking about body pride and it being such a wonderful healthy lifestyle, then treat your body like it is a wonderful and healthy thing instead of eating the wrong foods and over-indulging in alcohol and soft drinks. Why should you expect people to respect you if you don’t respect your body? Though I can understand if you are overweight due to medical conditions like having pituarity gland problems or being on medications that can upset the body’s metabolism.
Most nudists and naturists in Europe live very healthy lives and thus keep their bodies well preserved, even the older people. In the English speaking world, people are often raised on diets of junk food and fatty foods instead of eating sensibly.
What annoyed me the most about the conversation was stereotyping and judging coming from Ellen, who is also part of a human movement that is often mocked and marginalized by society (though not as bad as the nudists anymore). She should know how it feels to be considered an outcast and a societal joke, so she ought to show a bit more empathy towards the nudists in general.
Remember the saying “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. The majority of nudists support GBLT rights including gay marriage. So how about the GBLT leaders showing a bit of maturity and sympathy and realizing that nudists too should have social rights.