With the Oscars a day away, quite a few films are continuing to make headlines. On their way to the Academy Awards, the incredible cast of CODA keeps picking up statues, allowing them to remind the industry that representation matters, authenticity matters, inclusion matters. Other films nominated in the Best Picture category have been making headlines for less positive criticism, including Licorice Pizza’s blatantly offensive racism. As with every year, the Oscars drum up discussions about diversity in film, but no one seems to be talking about the fatphobia baked into our entertainment.
Maybe it’s time to start.
It feels like just yesterday when Sarah Paulson publicly admitted regret in adding padding to play Linda Tripp for Impeachment: American Crime Story. Yet Renee Zellweger, star and producer of NBC's The Thing About Pam, is also fat-suiting up for the title role of Pam.
During NBC's Press Day last week, journalist Whitney Friedlander craftily asked the question many of us have been wondering since the first "Renee Zellweger Unrecognizable" headlines appeared about a week prior: Why cast Renee Zellweger in a fat suit instead of a fat actor?
There's been a lot of talk in the last 24+ hours about Lizzo's IG stories showing off the 10-day detox she did.
First and foremost, The Fat Girl Show believes in body autonomy.
Secondly, as a marginalized community, fat people should never intend to bring someone else down. To that end, to ensure no one is being torn down, The Fat Girl Show is sharing some of the many incredible voices speaking up regarding the situation. We encourage you to check out Saucyé West, Stephanie Yeboah, and Tiffriah Grande.
Thirdly, while a variety of points are being made regarding the inherent politics put upon celebrities, as well as the difference between body positivity, body neutrality, and fat liberation, a discussion that has yet to be reflected upon is the social media aspect of this all.
Essayist and Internet Celeb, Your Fat Friend, revealed on her IG account that retailer H&M released a new plus size printed t-shirt making reference to the iconic TV series Friends, in which a character was previously fat.
As the writer points out:
She added on IG that the straight sized version of the tee is just the show logo.
Do better, H&M!
"Researchers suggested that thigh and hip circumferences were 'inversely associated with mortality risk'. Each 10cm increase in hip circumference was associated with a 10 per cent lower risk of all-cause mortality, and each 5cm increase in thigh circumference was linked to an 18 per cent lower risk."
Perhaps instead of frivolous studies based on nothing and irrelevant to everyone, these news sources could report on actual news and stop commenting on what's right or wrong with our bodies.
-- Yael Tygiel
Never one to keep quiet about an injustice, Lizzo posted a TikTok video aimed at her judgmental shamers. The video consisted of work-outs and exercises, with a voice explaining that she's not working out to have your ideal body type. She went on to tell people to mind their own business because that's what she's doing, minding her business.
Instantly earning praise, Lizzo continues to be a leader and advocate for body acceptance, regardless of size, color, or ability.
Dancer Amanda LaCount popped up on America's Got Talent to show off her killer moves in a popping upbeat dance routine. After sharing her story of being told she was too big to dance (we know she's not the only one who has heard this), Amanda took the stage and proved everyone wrong.
Surprisingly (or maybe not), model Heidi Klum slammed the buzzer mid-routine. The internet and audience were outraged at her decision. Check out the routine below and let us know what you think!
Body shaming hasn't gone anywhere and Instagram star Katie Sturino is no stranger to the haters. Known for her "Supersize My Look" campaign where she recreates celeb styles in her size, Sturino has recently been rocking some Princess styles.
While she's not usually one to "feed the trolls", Sturino posted an important message on her instagram regarding these hateful comments.
Read it for yourself then check out some more Meghan Markle looks from Katie Sturino below.
Known mostly for her clever political commentary, late night host Samantha Bee took on the important issue of fat-shaming in the medical field in a segment titled "Thicc Not Sick". Watch the hilarious, and important, clip below:
Are you serious? I don't understand why I'm writing about this type of thing again: Another retailer used straight-sized models to promote plus size models, only this time, they had the model STRETCH the fabric to show how large it gets.
K-Mart announced last week that it would be renewing its fast fashion offerings in plus sizes, but with a new twist. They're calling the larger-than-L selection "Fabulously Sized" which reminds me of when Tyra started calling us "fiercely real".
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