I am working on a Sooper Sekrit (ok, obviously not so secret) blog post for All The Weigh, and I need to tap into the wonderful hive mind of the Internets. Namely, I need some good, broad examples of portrayals of fat characters on TV and in the movies.
We all know who the Token Fat Girl is – the sassy sidekick, the mopey BFF; hell, she could even be the bad guy foil. I’m primarily looking for female characters, but, hey — good male ones are ok too (especially villain characters who are fat, and that aspect is made fun of/ a focus). I am NOT looking for books — the overweight girl has gotten some decent coverage in that arena, particularly in the chick-lit genre, and it isn’t as illustrative to my concept
So who are your favorites? The ones you noticed at the movie theater or on your TV set that made you go “ugh, not again,” because she was sassy/mopey/annoying/invisible and/or de-sexualized/always alone at the end? (because the only time the fat girl gets the guy is in Hairspray) Another classic I’m looking for: the fat girl who loses the weight miraculously and gets the Hot Girl Makeover and the her life is So Much Better.
Let’s not forget book adaptation fail: an overweight character from a book is cast in a movie or TV show by an actor/actress who doesn’t fit the body type at all (usually, thus, negating half of the character’s charm/point).
Some things I already have:
- Bridget Jones (casting Renee Zellweger as Bridget)
- In Her Shoes (I love Toni Collete, but we all know the Patron Saint of Fat Girls Jennifer Weiner wrote a bigger girl!)
- Glee (Mercedes, Lauren, Quinn)
Sadly, that’s all I got right now. Brain fart or TOTAL LACK OF DECENT EXAMPLES IN POP CULTURE?
So, please, let it out — let’s talk about Token Fat Characters.