IMPORTANT! There is nothing wrong with Elsa Pataky’s baby bump! We are not the E! Network! Everyone calm down!

Elsa Pataky at the 2014 Oscars

[We posted this on Facebook earlier today, but wanted to put it here too, just so we don’t miss anyone…]

It’s come to our attention that, yet again, the E! Network “Fashion Police” show has brought the Fashion Police name into disrepute by apparently mocking Elsa Pataky’s baby bump on air. We’re getting a bit of abuse on Twitter about this (This has extended to people asking if our Twitter account should be shut down: things like this could obviously have quite serious implications for our brand and business, and it’s really disturbing to us that people will do things like this without checking to make sure they’re targeting the right person…), so we just want to clarify once again that we are not the E! Network, we have no connection to the show, and we certainly don’t share or endorse their views: in fact, it’s as annoying to us as it is to anyone else when they make comments like this – possibly more so, because we always get caught up in the backlash!

We currently have disclaimers on both the site itself, and on our social media accounts, stating that we are not connected to the E! Network, so we’re not sure what else we can do to get the message across, other than repeating posts like this every so often. It was suggested to us today on Twitter that it’s our own fault for having the same name as a popular TV show: just to be clear, we’ve been using the name “Fashion Police” online since 2005, and the E! Network show didn’t launch until 2010, so we actually DID have the name first, and could not have anticipated that a TV show of the same name would launch five years later – obviously if we’d known this would happen, we’d have gone with a different name!

Unfortunately changing our name now would cost a lot of money, and would potentially destroy the brand we’ve spent almost a decade building up, so it’s just not an option. All we can do is hope that most of our followers will realise that we have no connection to Joan Rivers et al, and cut us some slack when they express views which we definitely don’t share.

On the subject of Elsa Pataky and her bump…

Our mantra has always been “criticise clothes, not people,” and we hope our regular readers will know that it’s just not our style to attack someone for having a visible baby bump (or even a FOOD baby bump, come to think of it): in fact, we’re as offended as anyone else by that, because COME ON, people. The woman is pregnant! What’s she supposed to do, wear a sack?

And for the record: we think Elsa Pataky looks gorgeous.

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12 Comments

  • March 6, 2014

    Liz@LamentingLizzie

    Wow, people need to get a grip. Check it out before hashing it out!

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  • March 6, 2014

    Sharon

    You have my complete sympathy! I can’t imagine anything worse than being linked in any way to Joan Rivers. She is loud, crass and vulgar. How on earth could anyone confuse this blog with that cretin?

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    • March 6, 2014

      The Fashion Police

      It’s ironic, because people post these holier-than-thou tweets about how wrong it is to “bash” someone… while bashing us for something we didn’t actually do!

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  • March 7, 2014

    TurboFerret

  • March 7, 2014

    TurboFerret

    I am so sorry this is happening to you. God, people sometimes are so obtuse. I bet some of them just looked up your twitter name, recognized it as something else and unleashed the rage cannon. I belong to the population that does not use twitter so luckily I am spared of this nonsense.

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    • March 7, 2014

      The Fashion Police

      Ah, I would love to not be on Twitter – I only have it because some people prefer to follow the blog there, rather than RSS etc, but I’m not a fan, especially when things like this happens. People are definitely not bothering to check – there’s a “we are not the E! Network” disclaimer in the Twitter bio, and the feed itself is also full of stuff about this right now, so it’s not hard to work out we’re not them – people are just so desperate to try to hurt someone that they don’t stop to check. The abuse directed at me is one thing, but when they start broadcasting my Twitter handle to all their followers, saying that I’ve been making these comments, it starts to get into libel territory, and it could really damage my business, because just as the original tweeters don’t bother to check they have the right account, their followers don’t bother to check either, and just assume I’m some evil baddie, who they should abuse too. People, eh?

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  • March 7, 2014

    TurboFerret

    Fingers crossed for you, The fashion police!

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  • March 8, 2014

    Dew

    I don’t know why people are being so sensitive about this. I saw that video and didn’t think too much if it, am I missing something here? They said the dress wasn’t flattering and it isn’t, it looks odd. The woman is gorgeous, not doubt about it, the didn’t say her bum was ugly, just that it looked weird in that dress. And it does.

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    • March 8, 2014

      The Fashion Police

      I actually found it a bit odd that people apparently have no issue with them ripping non-pregnant people apart, but this comment got everyone so venomously angry that they were lashing out at me without even stopping to think for a second. (Also deeply ironic that people are NOT OK with a snarky comment about a celebrity, but feel it’s ABSOLUTELY FINE to call me every name they can think of: definitely a bit of a double standard there, I think.

      (Disclaimer: I don’t watch the show, so only know what was reported about it on Twitter. I don’t agree with the comment, but I think they’ve said worse things about other people, so it’s interesting to know that THIS is where the line lines, apparently!)

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  • March 8, 2014

    Serinde

    People usually need to get a grip. Although I cant say I’m a fan of the dress – surely it would be more comfortable if it didn’t cut in directly below? also – what is HE wearing? purple/prune/rasin jacket and black pants? It just wasn’t a good idea – especially as the purple is so unusual that, on screen, the black lapels read as green in an optical illusion.

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  • March 16, 2014

    Owen

    Interestingly, prior to this post, I didn’t know you weren’t associated with the E! show – my bad. I’ve always felt the tone you adopt differed greatly from the show’s. That said, I think uou are both great, targeted at diff audiences. I did see the show where Elsa’s dress was discussed, Joan and her crew, did express reservations abt dissing Elsa. Personally, I was horrified when I saw that dress on TV, prior to the show, perhaps due to having other gorgeous pregnant women at the Oscars – shout out to Kerry Washington for example.

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