Believe me, no one was more hopeful than I was when I learned that NBC’s new show, This Is Us, featured a very fat woman in a lead role. But we’ve learned time and time again that mainstream media doesn’t treat us well, and this time is no exception. This is Us treats its fat characters like a sad spectacle–their eating is out of control, they can’t stick to their diets, and they hate themselves. And these are their only character traits!
Fat people deserve characters that actually represent them as whole people with worries and triumphs that are not related to their size. NBC doesn’t give us that here. This is not us.
The music in this episode is by Starcrusher. Go to cstarcrusher.bandcamp.com to get his new album, Goodbye Halcyon Days.
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