Jessica Simpson Battles the Critics

Sometimes I can't help but feel bad for Jessica Simpson.

When she's not defending her ability to sing, she getting dogged for her weight, or being held responsible for a Dallas Cowboys loss.

But Jess says she's not going to let the critics win -- no matter how relentless they are.

"I can't imagine saying some of the things people have said about me about anybody else," Jess tells the June issue of Vanity Fair.

"When it comes to media criticism, that's just something I have had to train myself -- literally train myself -- to ignore," she says. "Because I'm the one up there onstage, and I can feel the energy of the crowd. And I know when I did good. And I know when I did great."

Jess had some rough nights on stage while touring with Rascal Flatts this year, but Tony Romo's girlfriend says it really wasn't as bad as the reviews made it out to be.

"There wasn't one time on this tour when I felt like I butchered it," she says. "I mean, the way people make it sound, I should have never been singing in the first place."

"[Criticism] comes with what I do," she adds, "and I know that every day the media's going to challenge me, is going to want to bring me down. But I feel like I'm at such a place that I own myself, and it's authentic. I own that authentic part of myself, and none of those words are harsh enough to make me believe them."

Yeah, I'm not so sure what that last part means --"I own myself, and it's authentic" -- but I hear what Jessica's saying. We are pretty tough on her, but, in my defense, she does make it easy. I know, I know, that's no excuse.

What do you think? Is time we give Jess a break?

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