WHEN I first saw the pictures of Renee Zellweger in a big suit for a new TV role, I was outraged.
The Oscar winner has to be a slim size 8 in real life, but for her portrayal of convicted murderess Pam Hupp, a woman considerably taller than her, 62-year-old, she wore thick underwear to create the impression to be more figure-hugging.
Renee, 52, is a good actress and I have nothing against her personally, but for heaven’s sake why can’t you hire a plus-size actress for a plus-size figure? It’s like we’re stuck in the dark ages.
This has to stop – it’s really offensive to everyone. It’s synonymous with dark makeup and pretending to be a colored person in the theater.
People think, and rightly so, this is an absolutely terrible thing, so why don’t we feel the same way when someone is wearing a fat suit?
There would be a huge public outcry these days if you did anything other than hire a Chinese actor for a Chinese role and the same for a black actor for a black role or a Jewish person for a Jewish role.
Renee isn’t the first actress to appear as a tall woman and I’m sure she won’t be the last, but why didn’t we move on? It’s so out of date.
In 2001, Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, starred in the film Shallow Hal in an unflattering thick suit. It was blown up at the time because of his fat phobia, and Gwyneth even later admitted it was a total disaster.
And I totally agree.
You should use someone taller and more beautiful like Melissa McCarthy, 51, to play such a role or Chrissy Metz, who starred in the TV series This Is Us.
She is exactly what she should be, a great lady playing a great lady, and you can tell she plays it so well.
So why didn’t Hollywood put an end to this? It seems like it’s due to sheer laziness or a reluctance to expand the net and look beyond the dozen actresses they always think of for every single role.
I don’t know if it even occurs to casting directors that it would be so much more convincing to find an actress a little more substantial to play the role of a bigger woman.
Fat suits are a pathetic insult to all voluptuous women
The thing about fat suits is that they are prosthetic limbs that don’t have the same movement as a real person and are very unconvincing.
You are stiff, adamant, and don’t look like a tall person. It’s like walking on stilts – definitely not how people actually walk.
Wouldn’t it be better to cast someone who plays the role properly and in a way that the audience can identify with?
When you see Gwyneth walk and speak in Shallow Hal, you see a complete lack of expression. It’s like a cartoon. It’s a pastiche to be bold.
Fat people are made jokers and not taken seriously enough.
Take Monica, for example, played by the skinny Courteney Cox, 57, in Friends when she wore a thick suit, for example.
In season two, Monica’s backstory depends on being overweight since childhood. In the flashbacks you can see her eating sloppily in ill-fitting clothes while the audience laughs at her.
She is portrayed as a figure of derision, a total embarrassment and a nightmare for herself. How awful is that And terribly cruel.
Fat suits are a pathetic insult to all voluptuous women. No matter how big or small you are, you are exactly the same person inside and your heart, soul and feelings are the same.
I remember people making some really hurtful comments on one of the numerous occasions that I lost a lot of weight while on a yo-yo diet.
Fat people are made jokers and not taken seriously enough
They would say, “Underneath it all, I can see what you really look like.” Or, “As soon as you’ve lost all that fat, I can see that you are actually very pretty.”
A taller woman is just as real as a slim woman. It is also this idea that being thin means happiness. But I was happiest when I was my tallest, a size 22.
When I relaxed and had a hearty meal, I was the real me.
I’m relatively thin these days – probably a size 12 – but I only got there by gastric bypass in 2019, which is quite a drastic surgery.
Has gastric bypass revealed the real me? I am just as I am now as I was before.
My feelings haven’t changed, I still like the same things as before.
You don’t suddenly become yourself when you lose weight.
Gwyneth said that no one would make eye contact with her when she was wearing the heavy suit and that they were really dismissive.
It’s true, after I lost weight, people would approach me as if they wanted to be my boyfriend now or even ask me out on a date as if it was supposed to be some kind of compliment.
It was rude as hell.
Getting actresses to wear thick suits feeds the idea that fat people don’t have real feelings because the real person in them is the thin person and the fat person is a mistake
But the truth is that some people avoid those who think they are fat because they believe they are unproductive or undisciplined.
Try telling Adele, 33, who, by the time she lost all that weight, seemed to have done pretty well on a taller.
Getting actresses to wear thick suits feeds the idea that fat people don’t have real feelings because the real person in them is the thin person and the fat person is a mistake.
Even Sarah Paulson, 46, has spoken out about regretting wearing a thick suit on her most recent series, Impeachment.
Sarah should be embarrassed about what she did. It has stolen the work from other actresses that they deserve.
Actors should only play roles in which they have the same physical characteristics as the character.
A taller woman is just as real as a slim woman. It is also this idea that being thin means happiness. But I was happiest when I was my tallest, a size 22
If you’re hiring someone with a disability, find someone who has one.
Cast a gay character? Get someone gay to play them.
And of course, you should get someone of a certain race, origin, or origin to play a role based on those attributes.
It’s acting and, in a way, pretending, but authenticity will always shine through.
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