I’ve considered whether or not to chime in on this Lane Bryant v. ABC/Fox controversy, and I’ve decided that I will. Sadly, the reason I didn’t respond immediately is that I’m just not surprised.
A few months ago, I was out with a friend having sushi, and a stranger walked up to me only to say that I was gigantic. My response was simple…”You’re right..but if you knew me, you’d want to be me.” I held my chin up, winked and walked away, saving the sadness and anger for later.
A few weeks ago I was one of the first people in line for the Rachael Ray Show, but I was seated in the last row, and the same thing happened at The View, etc. I’m heavy. Few strangers are interested in looking my direction, and that’s not likely to change until I look drastically different. But I know who I am…I know who I’m becoming, and I am beginning to recognize the value that lies within me.
Over the last few years (including the year in which I’ve shed 25% of my body weight) I’ve been mocked and discriminated against because of my size. I’m doing the best I can do to change that, but until I’m “average” in size, I’m sure it will continue to happen.
And that leads me to my thoughts on this commercial. The beautiful model in this ad isn’t exactly fat. She’s not pre-pubescent either, but I wouldn’t mind having a body like hers today. And I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one who feels this way.
So ABC and Fox can say whatever they want. By Monday, most will have forgotten anyway. My opinions on these networks haven’t changed. Why should they? I’ll still watch 24, and I’ll still despise reality shows. Discrimination against overweight people is no different today than it was before the ban on this commercial.