Today's lesson in self-esteem is brought to us by pop.

There have been several examples this week alone of politicians, actors, singers and one really funny YouTube persona who have shown us how to take the high road when others go all high-school cafeteria on you.  I would like to take a moment to give some kudos to:

Anne Hathaway

I like Anne Hathaway.  She seems to be a good person with a great sense of humor and a can-do drive.  Remember that this is the woman who kept her chin up even when co-host James Franco dialed in (old-school AOL style) his Oscar duties.  So I'm not surprised that she isn't falling victim to naysayers who are calling her the unsexiest cat woman in the Batman franchise.  This, after a brief glimpse at her skin-tight suit in a trailer for the next film.  This rating is nothing new, and Hollywood will never stop, but I love that Hathaway took the incident in stride remarking that anyone who didn't like the suit should give it a chance when the film actually hits theaters and joking that those who like the suit have "good taste."  I know some starlets who wouldn't be able to take that kind of heat.  You have to learn how to ignore people, particularly since most of thse "unsexy" voters would look like damn fools in a catsuit.

Michelle Bachmann

We will not include Bachmann's politics in this post.  Really.  But I will say a word about the Newsweek photo that has her looking, as Aunt Esther might say, a "cock-eyed fool." The unflattering photo, which I would untag if it were a mere Facebook upload, just makes the magazine look petty and ridiculous.  Even Jon Stewart took them to task for this not-so-slick dig at the controversial politician.  But props to Bachmann for not going all Sarah Palin on the publication and calling for her army to avenge her.  She, and her handlers, wisely ignored the photo as I do believe her outrage would make her look bad, not to mention vain.  At this time, Newsweek is the one with some 'splaining to do.

Infamous Pank Cup Boy

I did not think that Kelly Osbourne was mature or wise for calling Christina Aguilera a "fat bitch."  This, even though Osbourne claims Aguilera was uber mean to her when she was on the...ahem...thicker...side.  Personally, I have no idea who died and made Osbourne a fashion or fitness judge, but the remarks of this profane YouTube persona raise very good points about self-loathing and the popularity contest called life.  Kids, avert your eyes and close your ears on this one, it is rated double R for Restricted and Ridiculous.