Have you seen or heard about the "Should Fatties Get A Room? (even on TV?) article in Marie Claire magazine? If you haven't, check it out here.
First of all, I think it's AWESOME, yes TOTALLY FREAKIN AWESOME that CBS is airing Mike & Molly (the #1 new comedy on television this season)! To me, I think it's akin to networks having shows with gay couples, or interracial couples. Yes, I said it! And I'd like to see more of it. Why can't America see REAL people on television, instead of anorexic twigs?
I have seen parts of 2 episodes and from what I've seen I rather like it. I've seen other blogs talk about complaints about fat jokes, but perhaps I missed those parts, or perhaps I was so "getting it" that the jokes were either lost on me, or I'm so used to them I didn't notice them. (Kind of like living next to a hospital and not hearing the ambulance sirens after awhile. You hear it so much you are immune to it.)
Now that I've seen this clip of Behind The Scenes, (and I'm LOOKING for the fat jokes) which admittedly is probably a montage of fat jokes, and possibly more than airs in an episode (hey! I'm trying to give them the benefit of the doubt!), I see there are some pretty offensive fat jokes. But hey Maura! We're all fat and jolly and love to laugh, right? So who cares?
I'm not exactly sure where CBS is going with this show, but being that the couple met at an Over Eaters Anonymous meeting, I'm sure it goes without saying that the show is going to tackle the issues that those of us who are over weight deal with every day. Stuff like dieting and dating and being intimate.
The article in question opens with Maura’s editor posing this question: “Do you really think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television? Maura writes, “Those people are downright obese!” Maura writes further, “I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other… because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room – just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a (sic) heroine addict slumping in a bar.”
Apparently Maura isn't aware of all the full figured men and women who are lovers of full figured people. And the skinny people who are lovers of full figured people. I'd be willing to bet she isn't aware that there is even porn with full figured people. I think someone needs to invite Maura over to watch Shallow Hal and view a few of those porn movies, and have her wear a fat suit for a month. That'll fix her skinny a** boat.
This is directed at Maura, frankly Maura, I have a problem watching 2 super skinny people making out. I'd feel like I was at a Cub Scout camp-out watching someone rub 2 sticks together to light a fire. Dang! 2 skinny people making out? Have a fire extinguisher handy, because you could have a fire on your hands in no time. Okay, I don't look forward to your letters (homage to CF), I was only joking.
I can see why this sitcom is #1. It's because the characters are people that a lot of us can relate to. After all, aren't we all hearing the reports on the news about more and more Americans getting obese? (And no, I'm not going to quote statistics, because I'm too fat and lazy to look them up Maura.)
As someone who has lost 77 pounds (at last weigh in), and who still has more to lose, I sometimes find myself getting sucked into the whole weight dynamic, especially since I am dating. (If you want to see a recent photo, check out this post.)I've always said, it's what's inside that counts. It's the intangibles, not the package. It's odd this time around with the weight loss. I think I'm more comfortable this time, than any other time in my life when I've lost weight. I think I've lost the proverbial fat person inside, I actually love myself for losing the weight (and would love to lose more and am working on it) and am more comfortable than I've ever been. I think I'd have to attribute that to my "coming out" and being more comfortable with myself in general.
So have you seen Mike & Molly? Have you read the article? What's your take on both?
Oh, and if you have even the slightest sense of humor (don't you hate when funny people are intimate?), go check out Mamapop's take on this.
And don't forget to boycott Marie Claire magazine...(which by the way I've never even heard of and don't know why I've even mentioned it in this post.)
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