Since I haven’t had time to craft a perfect gem of a blog post quite yet (I’ll tell you why in my next post, which will indeed be a perfect gem) I’m just going to quote from a couple of Hairspray-related e-mails I recieved recently:
Zac Efron & NIkki Blonksy are allegedly a couple — the “source” says that Zac is completely taken with Nikki — “as crazy as it sounds.” Oh, SO CRAZY!
If they’re a couple, swell. They both seem like nice and adorable kids. But it HIGHLY ANNOYS me that it’s framed like the fact the he likes her even though she is not a size two is part of the big news of the story.
The article is called Hairspray Hotties in Love, though, so maybe it’s not altogether awful.
I also found this link, which claims that Zac “doesn’t even notice” she’s overweight. Sure. “And what color eyes does she have? I have no idea! I just love her! What does she look like again? Wait, who are we talking about?”
This is also a good opportunity to pass along this link (a CNN article about the movie’s large characters) from La Wade, who says:
I primarily think [the article is] interesting for the use of multiple adjectives to describe Nikki Blonsky et al., including “corpulent” (which I think of as a highly negative word), “people of ample proportions,” “outright portly,” “hefty,” “plump,” “chunky,” “beefy,” and “fat.” All this in an article which is putatively positive about the fact that there are several large women among the cast of characters. I think you may have discussed this in the past, but I do think the terminology involved in describing heavier people is a pretty interesting subject. Can the fat positive movement reclaim “corpulent?”
Ever since Wade sent me that, I’ve been attuned to how Blonsky is described in articles. There’s always a fat euphemism in there somewhere! So, enjoy the gossip and the issue of fat-positive terminology. My corpulent self will be back soon. Thanks Eliza and La Wade!
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