What do Oprah, Britney Spears, and Kirstie Alley have in common? They’re all part of the phenomenon that one writer calls weightertainment: our obsession with how much people weigh or don’t weigh. She blames Oprah for starting the trend, and posits that the best way for a celebrity to gain attention these days is to gain or lose a bunch of weight.
Call it the Fat Follies or the Obesity Opera: How big anyone is, or looks to be, seems to be the most compelling topic for public conversation… In this new world of weightertainment, fat Britney Spears is more fascinating than her younger, slimmer persona. She’s clearly a media savant: The reveal of her chunky middle at the MTV Video Music Awards is what now qualifies as great TV.
Definitely gave me pause to think. I remember the furor over Tyra Banks and her bathing suit, Catherine Zeta-Jones and her anorexia, and of course Britney at the VMAs. Not to mention the covers of People and Star every week. Damn. Maybe she’s got a point.
(Notice that it’s women, though. Always, always women. Sigh.)
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