Tuesday, July 26, 2005
OT: "Fat Chicks", Unite
Chunky women in their underwear have surrounded my house.As Catallarchy asked, "just who are these portly princesses making Roeper’s life hell?"
Billboards of chunky women, that is. If you’ve been downtown lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the ads for Dove soap, featuring regular-sized women in bras and panties. It’s part of a nationwide “Campaign for Real Beauty,” and it’s drawing waves of attention from the media. ...
There’s no doubt the ads are attention-getting. Let’s put it this way: this is the first time in 3,000-plus columns that I’ve ever mentioned Dove soap.
Now here’s where I’m supposed to say that I find it refreshing to see “real people” on billboards, given that our culture is so obsessed with youth and beauty, and that most billboards feature impossibly gorgeous, ridiculously thin women who have been airbrushed to a level of perfection that 99.9 percent of the population can never reach.
But the raw truth is, I find these Dove ads a little unsettling. If I want to see plump gals baring too much skin, I’ll go to Taste of Chicago, OK? I’ll walk down Michigan Avenue or go to Navy Pier. When we’re talking women in their underwear on billboards outside my living room windows, give me the fantasy babes, please.
Roeper's cattle herd
These things have been all over the damn place lately, especially in LA around Hollywood. Sure, Sam Ryan looks hot on the teevee an' all, but you see her in person, you wanna feed her before she passes out. Ditto for any woman with the unfortunate craving to make her way in this world on the opposite side of the camera. I find Dove's campaign refreshing, and more, overdue.
By the by, who is Sam Ryan?
Now call me a pig, but I'm with William - the blonde in the center is the only one who's porkable. And maybe the one on the far right (she kinda looks like Rachel Ray from the Cooking Channel).
Seriously, none of those women are fat, I wouldn't call any of them chunky even. Given that the camera really does at at least 10 pounds, if you saw any one of them in person, I'd lay odds you'd give her a long look.
One of our group of friends (one of whom has worked on tv and film sets many times) has a phrase we use, "actor thin". It means unhealthily thin in person, but pretty on TV. I've done some volunteering for theater, and some of the actors are frighteningly thin. Human bones aren't supposed to be that obvious through skin.
Supermodels? Well, none. But I do alright. Thanks for asking.
Skinny models aren't what cause anorexia. It's a deeper disorder than just the control of food. Also, some bulimics are actually over weight. I think you should get a better understanding of these disorders before you call them shallow. Those disorders aren't about losing a bit of weight to look good. They're about making your entire life better through food, or lack of food. It isn't even really about the weight at all, and most disordered really do WANT to get better, eat normal, and love life. It's not like they just CHOOSE to have a disorder. You can't CHOOSE to have bipolar, can you? You can't CHOOSE to get cancer. It's not like they can help the thoughts in their head. Most of them actually DIE from the disorder. Do you think they CHOOSE to die? Who would CHOOSE to die? We call those people suicidal, and put them in treatment for it, because they have serious issues, right? Same goes for eating disorders.
It's comments like yours that could actually further the behavior of an anorexic or a bulimic.
And, binge disorder (people who eat and eat and get disgustingly fat, and never work out) actually effects twice as many Americans as Anorexia does..Which is probably why being over weight is so acceptable in today's society.
Learn alittle before you go spewing shit out of your mouth.