Are We Actually Supporting the Weight?

Although it seems as if Hollywood and society is becoming more accepting of these larger/more normal-sized artists, some aren’t convinced.
Jezebel, among others. reported on the New York Times article, “Female Stars Step Off the Scale,” attacking the claims that Alessandra Stanley made. In “No Matter What You Look Like In Hollywood You Can’t Win,” Laura Beck reflects on how even though Hollywood, or these articles, consider these stars like Mindy Kailing and Leah Dunham “fat” in real life they wouldn’t actually be considered fat.

If Mindy Kaling came to a party at my house, I’m pretty sure she’d be the skinniest person there.

The articles from Jezebel and Girls Like Giants also argue against the constant mentions of their “weight problems” in the shows themselves.  They both discuss how the male colleague in The Mindy Project who advises her to lose 15 pounds shouldn’t have become Mindy’s new love interest.  Sarah from Girls Like Giants also points out Mindy Kailing’s first comment on her weight comes at the six minute mark in the first episode of her show and she quotes from Mindy,

My body mass index isn’t great,but I’m not like Precious or anything.

There is also a moment that Beck reflects on in “Girls” where Dunham’s character Hanna’s boyfriend points out her obsession with her weight, and she responds by saying that it is a big deal to her and something she has struggled with. Beck says,

How great would it be if Hannah was just her “normal” sized self and didn’t even mention it — that would fucking rule.

To Sarah and Beck, this isn’t considered acceptation of these ladies’ body type.

Margaret Lyons from Vulture argues that although it is supposed to be an article of support, still the hurtful vocabulary used doesn’t represent the supposedly altered view of “chubby” women in T.V.

The article is ostensibly a praise piece, but it’s packed with all the weird shame-tinged language, like “extra pounds.” Aren’t those just … regular pounds if you’re comfortable in your body?

Jezebel, Vulture and Girls Like Giants argue that we can pretend that the typical ideal body image is changing, even on Television, but it isn’t going to be convincing if the reflection on self-esteem issues in the show are still constantly prevalent.

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