This week is all videos and Whedonites and internet drama, apparently! Thanks to a spammer (apparently a very effective spammer) following fat chicks or girls who say they’re fat on Twitter, I found this video, called “Fat Girls,” at Funny or Die.
Is it a “BBW tribute” as they claim? Or is the “BBW” the butt of the joke? Is it enough to see a big girl dancing and playing guitar and looking hot in a low-cut dress? Where’s that fine line between celebration and censure… does sincerity make all the difference? Let’s do video first, deep thoughts second…
I just wanted to reiterate that I feel the â€œfat chickâ€ is one of the least body-focused women of weight Iâ€™ve seen in a fiction. Her weight is neither a stereotype for gluttony and low self esteem, nor is it an empowering statement on the sexiness of a curvy lady. She is just a woman who is fat, and her part could be played by any woman of any appearance.
Which I think it awesome and the best kind of empowerment.
I think she put her finger on why a video like this, which I guess if you squint you could see it in a positive way, is not exactly a “BBW tribute.” It’s because the best tribute of all is to have our weight treated as a non-issue, not spoofed or demonized or fetishized or made into the point of a reality show.
It seems strangely complicated, this whole funny video thing. Maybe we should all just celebrate Feel Good Friday and go and watch Robert Is Bothered. Again.
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