The first time I tried to watch it I was repulsed by the waiter in a cafe telling Mike that if he wanted to lose weight he should move to ‘his [unspecified] country’ (actor was of African heritage) because everyone was starving there so he would get thin quickly. So I flicked channels at that point. It could have been a point about over consumption in the west compared to subsistence living, but it just came across as fat hate.
Then I started to wonder why Mike had to be so much bigger than Molly. It would seem that in order for a woman of Molly’s size to be attractive to someone in TV land that man has to be much bigger than her cause there is no way a woman Molly’s size is getting a ‘regular’ size man. What I’m trying to get at here is that to me it seemed like the size a woman can be and still be deemed attractive was a lot smaller than the size a man can be and still be attractive in TV land. Except that in reality you see people of all shapes and sizes and genders living happily together and in TV land it is really unusual to see a fat person at all unless they are the victim of something or in an obesity scare news story. So I didn’t watch for a while because that was bugging me too.
Then last week I saw an ad for the show where someone’s Mother(?) was asking if ‘a real man tucks his business between his legs and dances around in front of a mirror?’. Um, if he wants to? Needless to say I didn’t watch this episode either.
So am I missing something and it’s a really good show, really? Or is it one of those we put fat people on TV, shut up and like it shows?
I have also never watched Drop Dead Diva. I like that a curvy woman can have her own TV show, but again she was curvy in a, well, drop dead gorgeous, allowable by the patriarchy kind of way too. Large boobs, check, nipped in waist, check, shapely calves in high heels check.
Ugly Betty – attractive woman dressed down to look dowdy and ‘ugly’.
Are we ever going to have TV shows where people are just people?
See also: Ben Pobjie satirical take on A fat girl’s fit in nature’s order.