Everyone’s talking about More to Love! I’m going to need to set my DVR immediately. Kate Harding has an interesting review (bolding mine) that makes me curious to watch:
As to the specific shows, having watched 2 episodes of â€œDrop Dead Divaâ€ and one of â€œMore to Love,â€ Iâ€™d put the former at about 70% fat positive and the latter at about 20%. But shit, the fact that the 20% was even there in â€œMore to Loveâ€ surprised me…in the introductory interviews, some of the women espoused basic fat acceptance principles. One talked about how she realized that she had to learn to love her body in order to be ready for a healthy relationship. Another one, identified as a fitness trainer, was like, â€œLook, some people just arenâ€™t going to end up thin, no matter what they doâ€ â€” and she said it in a very â€œwhateverâ€ way, not a â€œwoe is meâ€ way. HAES 101 might have just slipped into Fox prime time! Granted, more women than not cried about all the romantic disappointments they attributed to their weight, one wished she could lose 50 lbs., one said she rejects the label â€œfat,â€ one has some fucked-up antifeminist fantasy of being appreciated for her â€œwifey-mom skills,â€ and some of the ones who express confidence seem like theyâ€™re posturing. The flipside of 20% good is, of course, 80% suck. But I was so primed for 110% suck, the parts that didnâ€™t make me cringe were actually impressive.
On TWoP, they celebrate the premiere with an article about their 10 favorite overweight characters on TV, including Hurley on Lost and Mimi on the Drew Carey Show. Not only do they leave out David Brent, they also throw in a tiny bit of, yes, gratuitous fat-bashing! (And it’s not even funny, but that… isn’t a big surprise in the new TWoP editorial content regime.)
Roseanne and Dan Conner (Roseanne)
It’s amazing to look back on this show and think about how, for a while, this couple played by Roseanne Barr and John Goodman represented the average American family. And how the series ended with Dan having a heart attack — how could America not change its eating habits after something like that?
Another thing worth noting in this list is that of the 10 characters listed, only three are women. It’s obviously more acceptable to be an overweight man on TV than an overweight woman. But then again, we already knew that.
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