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It just bums me out that the portrayal of fat people on television is almost always this one very specific weight-loss narrative, especially when most fat people will never be skinny.
The odds of losing weight and keeping it off are astronomically low, but hey.
Viewers can believe they, too, are capable of incredible transformation.) Maybe such a one-note portrayal of a fat woman wouldn’t be such a huge problem if there were more varied people of size on TV.
But television is a hostile place for fat people, and fat women in particular.
As just a normal fat woman, the pressure to be thin is nearly unbearable; I can’t even begin to understand how hard that would be as a person who makes her living on camera.
Losing weight will mean more parts, less typecasting, and being treated with less faux concern (“I just want you to be healthy! And I get why showrunners and executives create these roles — a redemptive weight loss narrative is the ambrosia of the people.
In Metz’s contract for the , weight loss is mandatory.
"In our contract, it did state that that would be a part of it, to lose the weight in the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself," she told TVLine. Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own.
"DO NOT EAT" signs on it and then stepping on a scale. While her siblings, Kevin and Randall, explored much richer themes and narratives, Kate exercised fanatically and subsisted on lettuce.If you’re able to do it, you’ll be rewarded with finally seeing yourself reflected in culture in a non-humiliating way. You failed, and you get nothing, with the exception of characters trying hard not to look like you.And that’s a problem because representation matters.And when she wasn’t doing that, she was talking about it.