I think you guys were right to be skeptical of Ugly Betty. The latest news is that Victoria “Posh” Beckham is going to guest star on the show wearing a fat suit. Oh, how we all love a good fat suit. From Norbit to Fat Monica to Julia Roberts in that one thing. We just can’t get enough, am I right?
The super slim fashion icon, who recently moved to the States, will shock viewers by turning up at a top notch wedding in a fat suit – having pigged out on fatty American food. “Everybody at the wedding will be expecting skinny beautiful Posh to show up,” said an insider at the ABC network. “But they’ll be horrified to see she’s piled on the pounds because of major comfort eating and American junk food.”
This makes me really fucking angry, and do you know why? In the not-too-distant past, it came to light that Posh was considered “thinspiration” for anorexic girls. I don’t blame Posh for being thin, and it’s not her fault that the pro-ana movement co-opted her in this manner. But she has a responsibility to think about the image she projects. Showing up in a fat suit just sends the message that if she gained weight, it would be both horrifying and hilarious. I mean, just look at the quote above. She’s not “beautiful” anymore because she’s fat. How does this do anything but reinforce the “thinspiration” phenomenon?
I don’t want to jump to judgment before the show airs, I really don’t. And I don’t know how fat the fat suit is going to be or how it’s even going to be dealt with. Maybe I’ll be eating my words and telling everyone how hilarious and positive the episode turned out to be. But somehow I’m failing to come up with the plotline that would provoke that kind of reaction. Anyone?
A couple more reactions. From Buzz Sugar:
I, for one, feel like she’s the perfect level of kitsch for the show and can’t wait to see her cameo.
And from Bite Size:
Just how big is this fat suit gonna be? To make her normal size would require a fat suit. Never mind supersized.
How about you guys? Especially the Ugly Betty watchers among you. What do you think?
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