Jessica couldn’t sing in church because of her breasts; rack-referencing sitcom pulled.

Jessica couldn’t sing in church because of her breasts; rack-referencing sitcom pulled.
Fear of the male congregation’s reactions to her breasts, Jessica Simpson wasn’t permitted to sing in church, she tells Rate the Music. “I had very big boobs at a young age and it kept me from a lot of things in the church. I couldn’t sing solos because supposedly the men lusted when I would get up there,” Jessica says. That left her racked with guilt: “I was a teenager in overalls, and I didn’t even really know what sexy was, but they were telling me I was too sexy to sing. I was made to feel guilty about my body. And now people are buying the boobs I have.” Her now-well-displayed chest most recently appeared in the pilot to her sitcom, in which she basically played herself and which had “frequent mentions of her rack.” However, that sitcom has been dropped by ABC, which means it must have really sucked. The New York Times reported that “ABC executives were disappointed with the pilot. But Ms. Simpson’s father, Joe Simpson, who is also her manager and the dominant figure in her career, agreed with the decision to drop the show, a person close to the show said.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.