I’m posting something to keep-up my good news doctrine, God knows I could use it. Today in particular, good news was not easy to come by.
Well, here’s one piece: Israel is breaking new ground by banning underweight models. I’m not normally one one for government regulations, but this one makes sense to me, mostly because encouraging people to have a disease in order to work in a certain industry does not seem like something that a healthy society would allow.
JERUSALEM — A new Israeli law is trying to fight the spread of eating disorders by banning underweight models from local advertising and requiring publications to disclose when they use altered images to make women and men appear thinner.
The law, passed late Monday, appears to be the first attempt by any government to use legislation to take on a fashion industry accused of abetting eating disorders by idealizing extreme thinness. It could become a model for other countries grappling with the spread of anorexia and bulimia, particularly among young women.
The law’s supporters said they hoped it would encourage the use of healthy models in local advertising and heighten awareness of digital tricks that transform already thin women into illusory waifs.
Best known as Detective Shakima “Kima” Greggs on The Wire, Sohn has dedicated her time since the show ended to supporting the city that supported her breakout HBO role. A victim of a traumatic childhood that included abuse, drugs, altercations with police, and poverty, Sohn decided that when The Wire ended she wanted to stay in Baltimore and help citizens avoid the problems she once faced.
Sohn founded ReWired for Change with Wire costars Wendell Pierce and Michael K. Williamsm setting a goal of cutting down on crime and violence in Baltimore by educating young people through the arts and mentoring programs. “I felt like I was trapped in this acting game going, ‘What is this all about? What is this all leading to?’” Sohn told NPR. “And in 2008, when I saw the kind of influence that a person who is in the public eye can have in the lives of those who have less, then I began to see, ‘Ah… this is the solution. This is what it was all leading to all this time.’ And once I embraced that, life came into perfect balance. And that’s what it’s all about.”
This is amazing news for a Wire fan like me. Not only did the show manage to give us incredible insights into parts of Baltimore that most of us will never know, while also being the best show of all time, it is having an enduring impact that may be helping to alleviate the awful poverty and crime that we got to know so well over the five seasons.
There, doesn’t that feel better?