Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American singer, actress, television personality and fashion designer whose rise to fame began in 1999.
Criticism and Controversy
Simpson, who endorsed George W. Bush for president in 2004, but was later said to have “snubbed” him by canceling an appearance at a 2006 Republican fundraiser in Washington, D.C.. Manager Joe Simpson said that even though he and Jessica are “big supporters” of the president, who had invited them, they felt it was inappropriate to attend a political fundraiser.
In June 2008, Simpson was seen with boyfriend Tony Romo wearing a shirt that said “Real Girls Eat Meat”. It was seen as a slam at Romo’s ex girlfriend Carrie Underwood, who is a vegetarian. PETA criticized Simpson, stating “Jessica Simpson’s meaty wardrobe malfunction makes us thankful that no one is looking to her for food advice. Chicken-of-the-Sea, anyone? The woman who thought that Buffalo ‘wings’ came from buffaloes would benefit from some good veggie brain food.”
On July 19, 2008, Simpson performed at the Country Thunder Festival in Wisconsin. She was booed by the crowd and received a poor reception from country music critics. She responded by saying, “I don’t know what your perception is of Jessica Simpson or what tabloid you buy, but I just want you to know that I’m just a girl from Texas; I’m just like you. I’m doing what I love and dating a boy.”‘