This is pretty old by now, but I’m not a regular watcher of Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards, so I hadn’t seen this before. The audience reactions are really interesting, I think.
Oh I get it. They're fat. Fat people are funny and unattractive. Look at those fat people dance and try to look hot. Haha, stupid fat people.
Ugh. That video is horribly offensive.
I wonder what these women were thinking when they agreed to do this. Do you suppose they did it just for the money and the prestige of being able to say they performed at an awards show like this and realized how it would be received, or do you think they had some noble and idealistic goal about body image and accepting everybody?
I wonder that, too. There are certainly lots of people who take entertainment industry jobs knowing full well they'll be the butt of jokes. Not just fat people - little people, people with speech impediments, people with unusual physical appearance, etc. So if they did go into it knowing full well that Pam Anderson would be so embarrassed she literally had to cover her own face, they wouldn't be the first.
Weirdly, when I first saw the video, I was almost incredibly naive (okay, stupid) about it. I got excited that Nickelodeon was hip enough to make a statement about body image and sexiness, etc. Then I saw the audience reaction. The audience, at worst, is straight-up laughing at them. At best, they're condescending (I think). But from my perspective, at least a couple of the women at least are able to pull off the appearance that they think they're hot stuff. YMMV, as always.
I suppose if the eating disorders bulimia and anorexia get publicity why not overeating right? Body image and sexiness? Even if in some way this performance wasn't for the purpose of laughing at dramatically inappropriate clothing (I guess men dressed as women didn't register as well with test groups) it's interesting people spend millions in dollars and countless hours trying to normalize morbid obesity while billions starve. Oh you want clean water? Too bad, we're trying to sexualize whales. Naming three of them after food was a nice touch.
tim: while obesity is definitely a problem, and unhealthy eating habits of any sort should not be encouraged, i don't think making fun of fat people is the way to fix this problem. we need to find a more positive solution instead of shaming people into maintaining a healthy weight.
i don't think anyone is trying to normalize obesity; what the fat-acceptance movement is trying to do (in my opinion) is to get past a person's physical body and look at their personality.
Tim: They are not whales, they are women.
Tim you are no better than the audience members laughing at these women. Disgusting.
who approved this for a kids award show?
As a fat woman, I found the video offensive but wasn't surprised by it. I was surprised by Tim's response. Tim, I agree - unhealthy obesity should not be framed as normal but the range of what is normal and what is obese is confusing. Being overweight is not always synonymous with being unhealthy. Ironically, getting healthy is hindered by the kind of "fat people are whales and not really human so we can make fun of them" attitude you display. Just last week, I was called names by college-age men while power walking outdoors - they laughed and made fun of me because my fat jiggles. Made me want to hide and never go for another walk. Surely, you see the damage your mindset delivers. Some of it, at least.
Anyone who laughed at this video is a terrible person and should rot in hell for all eternity. Do people not realize that women are vey selfconsious about our bodies? I envy those women. They had the guts to do something I won't even do in private. I'm on the heavy side too but not nearly heavy as those women. Regardless I am highly selfconsious about my weight and I wish i could have the guts to show it off for what it is like they did. I salute those women.
Old topic about an even older show. I won't defend anyone's reaction on the audience, because I don't know where it comes from. However, it's important to highlight, this wasn't a performance by a bunch of random women doing their thing that happened to be overweight, and people just laughed at them. They were literally doing a PARODY of 4 well known artists that for some reason weren't on the show, and they were using a play of words with the title of the movie. Did y'all expect people to just keep a straight face while watching the performance? These could've been men, drag queens, kids (that'd been weird), grannies, clowns, etc.
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