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Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Ben Affleck and Ashley Graham

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March

Winner

Ashley Graham. Cheryl Tiegs’ antiquated thinking won’t stop the Sports Illustrated swimsuit rookie from reveling in the glory that is her first SI cover.

“It’s a shame that we have to bring other people down, but that’s why I’m here. I’ve got to bring other women up,” the full-figured model told E! News in response to the former supermodel’s diss.

Tiegs, 68, had told an E! News reporter, “I don’t like that we’re talking about full-figured women because it’s glamorizing them because your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]. That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it,” the 68-year-old said. “No, I don’t think it’s healthy. Her face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.”

Responded the ever-classy Graham: “Cheryl Tiegs may have said what she said and it may have hurt a lot of people’s feelings, but my skin is so thick, I kind of rolled my eyes. I was like, ‘Oh whatever, another one of these ladies.’ But what’s great is that — the fact that she said it — it means that other women think like her. And what that means is that we really need to change the industry. There are too many people thinking they can look at a girl my size and say that we are unhealthy. You can’t, only my doctor can!”

Tiegs sort of tried to apologize for her remarks in a confusing, somewhat offensive way, tweeting, “To clarify re bodyweight. Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can.”

Graham doesn’t consider that an apology, though. “I’ve never personally heard from her. She said her comment about me, then never heard a follow up. People are saying she apologized. But I never heard one,” the 28-year-old said, adding that she still respects Tiegs and upon meeting her, “I will go up to her and say hello, and all the SI girls, I’ve always looked up to them. They are classic, amazing, beautiful women.”

Loser

Ben Affleck. Poor guy. He just wanted to get divorced and subsequently heavily tattooed as part of a rash decision he’d likely regret later, and already his most famous and beautiful exes are mocking him across the media landscape.

Said Jennifer Lopez on Monday’s Watch What Happens Live: “It’s awful! What are you doing? I mean, I would tell him that. I would tell him, ‘What are you doing?’”

The 46-year-old (WHAT?!) Shades of Blue star didn’t hold back when describing the extent to which Affleck’s new ink is the worst. “It has too many colors. His tattoos always have too many colors. They shouldn’t be so colorful. You know what I mean? They should be cooler.”

Two out of many exes agree: The phoenix backpiece is rather unfortunate.

In the ultimate Southern burn: “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart,’” Miracles From Heaven star Jennifer Garner told Vanity Fair. “A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”

[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2016 1:39pm]

    

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