VH1 plus-size reality show?
While we all keep hoping to see fuller-figured girls in the media, I think the More To Love experience has made everyone jaded about what Hollywood will do with reality shows that do feature bigger girls.
I just read a news item about a new dating show that is exclusively casting larger women, "plus-size and up" according to the report. It sounds somewhat positive, but it serves us all to be skeptical.
Here's the link:
The relevant text:
On the one hand, I like the fact that it cites a starvation/torture show, as well as More To Love, as examples of what it will NOT be.
I also like the pro-curvy claims, such as the promise to "glorify" the plus-size figure and to cast "unapologetic" girls (i.e., hopefully no hour-long crying jags or diet-starvation product placement).
On the other hand, Sex and the City had a lot of raunchiness in it that I didn't care for, and the vulgarity, shallowness, and materialism of that program was off-putting.
Still, this will be a reality show, not scripted, which might be better.
All in all, I'd like to be cautiously optimistic, but it's probably better to take a wait-and-see approach, given Hollywood's disastrous record when it comes to filming plus-size girls.
The most important factor, of course, will be whether or not the girls who are cast possess timeless beauty -- at least enough to overturn the media stereotype that fuller-figured women can't be gorgeous.
Vixens, not victims
This could go any number of ways. Reality programs are, for the most part, rather horrible, as they tend to spotlight lowest-common-denominator behaviour. Not only do they generally present people at their worst, but the participants in such shows do not even act as they ordinarily would, but perform for the camera, knowing that only extreme and outlandish behaviour garners air time.
(Just imagine a reality series in which everyone behaved in a reasonably civilized manner, spoke intelligently to one another, and maintained a level of decorum and decency. Such a program is never likely to come out of modern Hollywood.)
This VH1 casting notice could also be deliberately misleading. The true nature of the show could be completely different from its billing. It could end up undermining the participants' confidence instead of celebrating their happy lives.
The most troubling aspect of the VH1 text is the reference to Sex and the City. If by invoking that specific program the producers merely wish to indicate that this show will cover full-figured girls' romantic escapades, so be it. If, however, they mean to pattern the program after Sex and the City itself, then they should be aware that many people abhor that series as a vile and disgusting entity that materially contributed to the coarsening of the culture.
Having said all that, if (and this is a colossal "if") the casting notice correctly describes the series, then on paper at least it has the potential to do a fair bit of good.
Hollywood's plus-size programming to date has been nothing short of abysmal:
-a diet-propaganda vehicle in which the contestants claim that their lives are unbearable and that their whole existence could be fixed by starving and torturing themselves into an underweight size.
None of these portrayals have born any resemblance to the lives led by actual voluptuous vixens, who are desired by all men, who are unattainable beauty queens, who dance and party all the time, who are wildly popular, and who may even be plus-size models. As Classical goddesses, these girls know that they deserve to be romantically involved with the Classical male equivalent of themselves--i.e., traditional GQ types, of whom they can have their pick.
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