Kudos to Ashlee Simpson-Wentz for defending her big sister’s good name reputation for having a smokin’ hot bod against recent media scrutiny.

Apparently Jessica Simpson has put on a few pounds during her venture into country music stardom, but rather than completely fail to notice a little weight gain by a celeb who’s not even that in our faces anymore and dedicate more time to, I don’t know, economic bailouts or something that matters for the survival of our country, Fox News found plenty of room for this brilliant piece of journalism: Jessica Simpson Shocks Fans With Noticeably Fuller Figure.

Sure, it was in their entertainment section. But really, who cares? (And while we’re on it, who were these fans that were actually “shocked”? Aware, fine – but shocked?)

I guess Fox News felt they wouldn’t truly be living up to their whole “we feature the most fair and accurate reporting on the entire planet” facade if they didn’t notify us each time someone traded up a size in jeans.

So many people are plagued with poor self-esteem, low self-confidence, depression, and a whole host of other mental health issues when it comes to their weight and body images. Ashlee isn’t ignorant to this fact, and she even kicks it up a notch by asking reporters and fans if these are the kinds of things they’d want the women in their lives to deal with:

Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend?

I seriously doubt it.

How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?

Questions, perhaps, we should all ask ourselves.

Of course, Fox did do a few more pieces after Ashlee lashed out, but they were mostly videos that either laughed about the situation or laughed it off – nothing worth posting. I could have overlooked something, though.

Fortunately, Jessica’s doesn’t seem to be one who sits around bemoaning the scales new results. According to the same Fox News article, she told Harpers Bazaar:

“Curves are better […] I don’t get the whole rail thing. It’s not good for your heart, it’s not good for your mind; it’s emotionally destructive, it really is.”

It seems like Jessica’s got her priorities straight, but it’s still nice to have baby sister taking her side.