HUGE Premiere: I am down with my fat!
Judging by the promo for ABC’s new show HUGE, this program appeared to be some nightmarish drama making fun of fat kids in a backhanded kind of way, and that’s basically what it was — except I gotta admit there were some awesome scenes…and I am conflicted on whether or not this show is a GOOD thing.
The setting: A fat camp
The main character: “Will” (female, short for Wilhelmina), you may recognize her from Hairspray, read about Nikki Blonsky.
The lot: Typical scenes of insecurity, exercise, dieting, and a drill instructor running around screaming at everyone. Accompanied by group therapy, hurt feelings, talk of getting “healthy.”
The good parts:
The show starts off with the main character doing a strip tease in front of the entire camp of peers, as scene you have to watch, its just awesome. Later in the show, she comes out with the line “Sorry, but I am down with my fat. Me and my fat are like BFF,” which totally cracked me.
The mood of the show does a good job at showing the kids as “normal,” so good in fact that I found myself forgetting the point of the show, wouldn’t that be nice if that is how it worked in the real world?
When the girls are setting up their bunks — the “skinny” fat one posts thinspiration pictures of her favorite models, while another plasters up her motivational art that says “beauty is on the inside.” Kinda realistic no?
The not-so-good parts:
Typical pretty blond girl is the “skinny” fat one played by Hayley Hasselhoff, everyone hates her, but loves her at the same time. The guys are falling all over her, and the others are jealous. It really bugged me that this actress was cast for this role, she basically had one roll on her belly, and aside from that I don’t get where her weight issue was (see pic at right)
Since I felt so confused and torn on whether or not I liked this show, I buzzed around to see what some other body image focused women had to say;
Sometimes we have to first work with these extremes in order to eventually normalize them and build upon them. And then hopefully we have a plethora of programs that feature diverse women’s stories regardless of their body size.
While it might seem useless to try to influence media and even suppose that our “choose your own adventure” feedback can make a difference, I think that in this case, our words have power. As part of the Confidence Community ™ and an Actionist® myself, I would rather see this as an opportunity for growth in acceptance than another jab at kids who don’t fit the photoshopped societal ideal. Of course, I’m an optimist. What do YOU think?
I find it hard to forget it’s about a weight loss camp…….So I am skeptical. I also have concerns with the poster they used for this show. If you look at it what do you think? Feel? She looks scared, insecure, and uncomfortable with herself. Maybe this is a good platform, maybe they will address confidence, and body image, and show her in the beginning unsure and grow as the character develops in the show and as topics are covered. A person on my Facebook page said: “I wish they chose a cover where she was smiling and not all trying to hide herself with an insecure, unsure look on her face. It was just the first thing I noticed. I’m looking forward to see what they will do with this show
Ok, your turn, let’s hear what you have to say!