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The wisdom of Beth Ditto

  • On being cool: "That's what makes things cooler - when you don't think you're the coolest. It's been my goal in life to not be a pretentious jerk. Cool people to me were just people who were chilled and nice." (The Guardian, December, 2006)

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  • On getting stoned: "I remember this one time, I was 13 and had been smoking pot with my cousin for the first time. He got the munchies so bad that he just took out his BB gun and started shooting squirrels out the window, and then he just skinned them and fried them, and ate them just like chicken." (Independent, November 2006). Pic: Ellis Parrinder

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  • On indie: "How many indie rock bands aren't straight white boys? And what do they have to be pissed about in this country? Nothing." (Pop Matters, March, 2006)

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  • On being a figurehead for fat people: "Well, you know what's funny is they treat it like a minority, but [fat people are] actually the majority and I always wonder why we haven't gotten it together, because we are the majority." (Pop Matters, March, 2006) Pic: Danny North

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  • On manners: "I really believe in the golden rule: treat other people as you would want to be treated. And also in honest, direct communication. I don't think that honesty is always the best policy, because you can really hurt someone's feelings that way." Pic: PA Photos

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  • On Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl': "[The song is a] boner dyke anthem for straight girls who like to turn guys on by making out or, like, faking gay just riding on the backs of our culture, without having to pay any of the dues and not being actually lesbian or anything at all." (The London Paper, June, 2009) Pic: PA Photos

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  • On fashion: “I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk — it can’t tell you that you can’t have it — so really, you're just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim." (The Times, June, 2009) Pic: PA Photos

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  • On wealthy bands: "There's a lot of people in bands out there who are millionaires, and it might sound egotistical but they're no better than me. It has nothing to with talent, it has to do with majors, and sexism in the music industry.” Pic: Sam Jones

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  • On Peaches Geldof: "She is so much fun. I'm pleased she's discovered the joy of women. I would get with her. There's so much I can teach her." (Holy Moly, 2009) Pic: PA Photos

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  • On Victoria Beckham: "Posh Spice is an absolute joke. In the nineties she did all that Girl Power stuff, then she realised being thin got her attention. She's just a total tool." (The Guardian, February, 2007) Pic: PA Photos

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  • On drugs: “I did ecstasy once - and it ruled - but fat people shouldn’t do drugs. Fat people should certainly not do cocaine." (The Times, June, 2009) Pic: Dean Chalkley

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  • On her body: “It’s funny how something so normal and mundane that you see every day - your body - can be controversial." (Gina Viivinetto interview, April, 2009) Pic: James Looker

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  • On the music industry: "The only inspiration we get from mainstream media is anger; to rebel; to be in opposition.” Pic: Ellis Parrinder

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  • On Paris Hilton: “Her celebrity is not inspiring in the least. I mean, Princess Di actually did things with her life and Madonna is an artist; she’s done a lot for women in the music industry. Paris Hilton does nothing but go to parties and show her ass." (Musictowers.com, 26 July, 2006) Pic: Andy Fallon

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  • On infiltrating the mainstream: “There’s that weird term ‘selling out’ which some people still consider evil. But if you’ve still got a message of importance to spread then it’s worth it.” (Musictowers.com, 26 July, 2006) Pic: Ellis Parrinder

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  • On self-destructive rock stars: “Everyone worships Iggy Pop for being so self-destructive, but I think it’s really weird that you’re not supposed to take care of yourself and you’re supposed to stay starving because that’s meant to be the only way that art can be created." (Musictowers.com, 26 July, 2006) Pic: Dean Chalkey

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  • On her figure: "The bigger the better, more sexy! I'm proud of my shape and sometimes I'll eat a whole bucket of chicken or two ice cream cartons, just to make sure I stay the way I am." (Entertainment.uk.msn.com) Pic: Ellis Parrinder

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  • On mental illness: "I don't want to be 'I suffer from depression' but I do and anybody with a conscience in this world has a hard time in dealing with what affects you." (Entertainment.uk.msn.com) Pic: James Looker

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  • On being gay: "I think if the world were a fair and just place, there wouldn't even need to be a gay label. But I feel glad and I feel really at home there, and it is a part of my culture, this unspoken thing where you understand each other, and it's just nice." (AV Club.com, April, 2008) Pic: Wireimage

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  • On dieting: "You can’t hate a person for dieting, and you can’t blame a person for feeling shit about themselves. You have to blame the machine that feeds it, the thing that makes people feel like that." (nme.com, May, 2007) Pic: Dean Chalkey

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  • On why she shouldn't take drugs: "Imagine if I was on coke? I mean, how much faster can one girl talk?" (The Times, June, 2009) Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • On homophobia: "I once purposefully puked on some homophobic boys on a boat. Looking back, it might not have been the most hygienic or healthy approach, but I considered it a political tactic more than revenge per se, and it certainly was very, very effective!" (FemaleFirst.co.uk, November, 2007) Pic: Lickerishltd.com

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  • On personal goals: "My life hasn't been conventional and it hasn't been linear. I've had to make it up as I've gone along, which has taught me a lot. If you don't accept the obvious options that are laid out for you, it's up to you to create your own specific rules and goals." (The Guardian, April, 2007) Pic: Lickerishltd.com

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  • On political correctness: "I'm very politically correct, although I do question what's PC and what's not - I don't just accept what I'm told. I think if more people developed their own rules to live by rather than just accepting the status quo, we would probably all be much happier." (The Guardian, April, 2007). Pic: PA Photos

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