Thursday, June 13, 2013

Did you see the AWFUL photo-shop job on the "Heat" movie poster? A few thoughts on it...

In 2010, a Marie Claire blogger caused quite a stir after she published some unsavory comments about the stars of the CBS show “Mike & Molly”. The half hour sitcom stars Melissa McCarthy and Bill Gardell as an overweight couple that meet’s at an over eaters anonymous club and falls in love. Many people would celebrate love in any form but not the woman’s magazine blogger. She wrote “So anyway, yes, I think 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 do anything.”

You would think after the public outcry and eventual apology from the said blogger, people would stop spewing nonsense about Melissa McCarthy's weight. Fat chance homie!

Late last year Rex Reed, of the New York Observer reviewed a movie that Melissa was starring in and had the nerve to compare the comedienne to “a female hippo” and even called her “tractor-sized”


Good thing Melissa is cashing BIG checks and still doing her but this latest weight related insult has to burn. The 42 year old is starring in a highly anticipated new buddy flick with Sandra Bullock entitled “The Heat” but it seems the movie posters have people talking more than the actual movie itself.. On the UK version of the film's poster Melissa's chin and neck are noticeably photo-shopped. Y'all, even Stevie Wonder could see that the actress got a 30lb digital weight loss make-over. The US movie poster isn't any better either, the actress not only looks slimmer but appears to be raising her neck in a barely recognizable position. What gives?

The truth is society is still very open to idea of discriminating against overweight people. A 2012 Harris Interactive/Health Day poll stated that a majority of people (a whooping 61%) do not consider negative or disparaging remarks about a person's weight to be offensive. Who are these people and what pack of wolves were they raised by?

Riddle me this. How come no “critic”, blogger, or outspoken public citizen has ever had a problem with John Goodman's weight? Or Jack Black's size? Dan Aykroyd anyone? What is with this double standard? Let's talk about the elephant in the room – why is that women don't get that same luxury of being funny AND fat? The majority of women in America are reportedly a size 14 or larger so why do we insist on trying to photo-shop, ignore or erase the fact they are sexual human beings?

Melissa herself seems to be unfazed saying "…. I think I'm more confident than I've ever felt in my life. I always thought it was worth the fight. Now I know it is."

The “Bridesmaid” star has been super smart about her brand of comedy and not shying away from the physical humor about her weight . Stop trying to make her a small girl, she is a pleasantly plump. Skinny does not equal healthy nor does being overweight mean that you are lazy, unhealthy or unfit. Let this woman be!We as a society don't get to demean, discriminate or disrespect anyone because of their weight. Fat shaming (women especially) is so lame! The fat lady has sung- the jig is up.


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