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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

OT: "Fat Chicks", Unite

A man of dubious taste whose current job requirement involves the ability to waggle a thumb up or down wails about the assaults outside a movie theater:
Chunky women in their underwear have surrounded my house.

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.

As Catallarchy asked, "just who are these portly princesses making Roeper’s life hell?"

So-called fat chicks

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.


Comments:
Those ads are all over the place in Chicago, too. I think the blonde is kinda hot.
 
Naturally, she's the thinnest one.
 
I don't see any of those women as remotely fat, where are the bellies and cellulite? They are at most big boned, and yeah, I think they're all cute.
By the by, who is Sam Ryan?
 
She's ESPN's roving chick-with-a-cam who routinely scours the dugouts and stands during the weekly Sunday Night Baseball game. I could have used Jeanne Zelasko -- who I actually saw in person at the December Winter Meetings --- as another example.
 
You can see Ryan's bio here.
 
The funny thing is that, while everybody (especially women) complains about the impossibly beautiful women used in advertising, everybody (especially women) keeps buying the products that the advertisers are hawking. Study after study has shown that women gravitate to beautiful women every bit as much as men do (albeit for a completely different reason). It's no lose for the advertisers.

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).
 
Ok, Richard, you're a pig. How many supermodels have you slept with lately, that your standards are so, ahem, "high".

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.
 
"How many supermodels have you slept with lately, that your standards are so, ahem, "high"."

Supermodels? Well, none. But I do alright. Thanks for asking.
 
where do you get of calling these women fat they aren't even close to being fat these people are real very real and anyone who thinks that these women are "fat" is so brainwashed by society and the media that there opinion on matters such as these shouldn't be valued and as for the "cuteness" of these models they are all good looking and if i ever saw someone call one of these models fat i would be very angry it is a shame that people look at this and even have to discuss whether these women are fat or not because of the skinny models we have more anorexic and bulimic people that we have ever had and just a reminder guys if you cant see a womans ribs that does not make her fat I'd rather have my women normal like these than have a shallow bulimic whose addicted to diet pills and whose so self conscious that every time you go out she'd ask you if that dress looks fat on her any time
 
"because of the skinny models we have more anorexic and bulimic people that we have ever had and just a reminder guys if you cant see a womans ribs that does not make her fat I'd rather have my women normal like these than have a shallow bulimic whose addicted to diet pills and whose so self conscious that every time you go out she'd ask you if that dress looks fat on her any time"

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.
 
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Pffft. I don't see any fat. I'd proudly take any of those women out in public.
 

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