I don’t watch tv that much. Okay, I don’t really watch tv much at all. There was a period of time when I went 6 years without a TV. On purpose.* There have been a few shows I like to watch (mostly Food Network or History or Science Channel shows), but really, if we had to go without a TV again, I could do it easily.
Due to the wonder that is the internet, I’ve found “Target: Women” a couple minute segment on some show called Current (or is that the station, I really don’t know), and today was watching all the shows that have been archived. Most were funny and I can agree with a lot of what is said. One however…
Did anybody here know there’s a show called “Bulging Brides” that’s on WE? WE, which stands for Women’s Entertainment, of course. Because it’s so much fun to ridicule the fatty just six weeks before her wedding, so entertaining.
With descriptions of the shows such as: “Bursting at the Seems Tristan has six weeks to get into her ultra-revealing wedding gown or she’ll be, quite literally, busting out all over.” “Just Harried A busy mother of two, Sarah can’t find the time to eat right and work out. Problem is, she’s bulging out of her wedding dress and if she hopes to breathe when it’s zipped, she better find the time!” And my personal favorite: “Tomboy Temptations Too much bonding over beer and pizza has left tomboy Tanya unable to zip up her wedding dress.”
In one episode (I’m assuming it was Bursting at the Seems), the hosts first show the woman how bad her dress doesn’t fit (it’s a size too small), to ridicule her into losing all the weight. (My solution when I saw that little snippet was “why didn’t she just buy the size that FIT her?”) Then, a little later, the super buffed male exercise guru tells her that if she keeps eating all these rich foods with her fiance, in three years, she just may look like THIS (cue computer generated graphic of a person who’s maybe a size what… 10). OH NOES!!! You will be TEH FATZ!
The thing is, Tristan isn’t even overweight to begin with. She bought the wrong sized dress. In today’s world where an American size 8 is considered OMG SO HUGE!, it wouldn’t surprise me if this very normal person would want to buy a dress a size lower so she didn’t have to admit to being “that fat”. (Which of course, says a LOT about the society we live in.)
But as we all know, public riducule completely helps fat people to stop being fat. You know, because we’ve never heard it before, and don’t really know we are fat. And how much more public can the ridicule be than being on a cable station that’s marketed to women as entertainment for women?
My other question is, why would these women agree to be on this show? How bad is their self-esteem (or how much have they bought into the marketing that’s out there that says if you aren’t a size 0 you are a cow) that that would 1) buy a misfitting dress to begin with, and 2) agree to be on a television show that humiliates them in front of possibly millions of viewers?
I’m going to find the address for the director of programing for WE, and write a letter telling them what I think of their programing choices. Hopefully, others will join me and get this changed.
Oh, the url for the Target: Women segment that showed this? http://current.com/items/88988193_target_women_wedding_shows Forward to 1:57 to get just to the “Bulging Brides” part.
*My TV died in an electrical storm, and I never got around to replacing it. For six years. It was at the very bottom of my “to do” list.
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