Fat people dating show
Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.Fox's new reality show "More to Love" might as well be called "The Fatchelor": It's an excruciatingly typical dating competition with the single twist that both the catch of the day and the women competing for his attention are all larger than average.In the second episode, attorney Jane takes on a weight-based employment discrimination case and delivers a closing argument in which she explains why "fat" is not a dirty word.As Carrie Padian of the Fat Rights Coalition blogged, "I mean really, when have you ever seen that on entertainment TV?In the show's final season, echoing Roseanne Barr's own struggles to get her vision on the air, a producer looking to make a TV movie about the Conner family tells her character, "Nobody in their right mind is going to want to look at you" -- to which the New York Times responded in its postmortem of the series, "Proving guys like that wrong for nine years may have been Roseanne's sweetest revenge." Unfortunately, it seems to have been hers and hers alone."Drop Dead Diva" is the first remotely watchable show starring a fat woman since "Roseanne" went off the air 12 years ago (no, I don't count "Fat Actress"), and as I watch that woman -- the charming Brooke Elliott -- go apoplectic over a plate of doughnuts and suck on a can of Easy Cheese, let's just say I'm not bathed in the warm glow of empowerment.
Over 20 years ago, "Roseanne" theoretically blazed a trail for women who wear double-digit sizes, proving that a show with a fat female lead could not only find a solid niche audience but also utterly smoke the competition.And there is something to be said for the simple fact that Fox has put 20 different larger women on one show, in something other than a weight loss competition, and actually expects people to watch.Sure, many of those women have personalities that are deeply unpleasant, highlighted by editing that is impossibly unflattering, but that's a function of the genre.It’s simply a “docudrama” on people struggling with obesity.As Dodai at Jezebel puts it, “Do we really need yet another show that reinforces the idea that the most important thing about fat people is not that they’re people, but that they’re fat? Here is at least a partial list of the fat-centric shows that have recently filled up TV time slots: In 2009, The cited a television study that found, “while some 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, only 24 percent of male characters and 13 percent of female characters were fat.