Namely, Dance Your Ass Off and More To Love. I haven’t seen any episodes of either show (I have Drop Dead Diva on my DVR and plan to watch and post about that soon), but I know they are airing and would love to know the verdict, according to you guys.
When we first heard about More to Love, meerkat said:
I expect that many of the women will eliminated for infuriating and anti-feminist reasons (if this works on the reality show model of eliminating a competitor every week). And I wonder how wide a range of body types there will be? And if there is a wide range, will the less-conventionally-attractive ones have a snowballâ€™s chance in Hell?
And in our discussion of Dance Your Ass Off based on the previews, Bethany said:
On one hand, I love that there are fat people in hot, tight dance outfits shaking their groove thang for all to see. At least some of them seem to be sexy and talented and comfortable in their own skin. But at the same timeâ€¦with all that focus on weight loss it takes it into â€œBiggest Loserâ€ land where the bottom line is always losing pounds. And thatâ€™s an oppressive message.
Itâ€™s like with one side of their mouth they want to empower fat people to enjoy embodiment as they are, and with the other side of their mouth they want to make sure they know they will never fully be acceptable until they can lose the weight.
The Fatistician railed against the weight loss component of the show (there is a clip there also):
So essentially, no matter how well you dance, if you donâ€™t lose weight you wonâ€™t win. Letâ€™s totally ignore the fact that youâ€™re working out constantly and potentially gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. But if you donâ€™t lose lose lose youâ€™re just LAZY. Nothing beats starving yourself while simultaneously working your ass off and causing injuries Healthy Weight Loss UR Doin it WRNG.
I also canâ€™t decide if they think fatties are HILARIOUS or pathetic victims of their own gluttony, or really, anything? I mean, I guess I will never know because I will not be watching this show. (If I could get Oxygen taken off my cable, I would.)
It’s also been described as a new wave of “fatsploitation” television:
The appetite for “fatsploitation” entertainment isn’t yet sated. Earlier this month in the US, a new sitcom, Drop Dead Diva took the controversial step of casting a US size 16 (UK size 18) actress in the lead role. The series, in which skinny model Deb dies in a car crash and is reincarnated as plus-sized Jane, drew record audiences and has been applauded for showing a larger woman in the main role. Rosie O’Donnell, Liza Minnelli and Paula Abdul have signed up for guest appearances and the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times gave it rave reviews.
Earlier in the summer, reality shows More to Love (a plumper version of The Bachelor) and Dance Your Ass Off (a super-size Dancing With the Stars) were also hits. Although Drop Dead Diva goes some way to redressing the fat phobia balance, it still employs stereotypes to explain Jane’s obesity. The character drools over doughnuts and in a moment of despair, finds solace in a mouthful of squirty cream cheese straight from the can.
Well I’ll watch out for the donuts and cream cheese on Drop Dead Diva, and report back. In the meantime, are you watching More to Love or Dance Your Ass Off? What do you think?
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