Renee Zellweger is starring in the new series The Truth About Pam, currently streaming on Amazon Prime. For the role of convicted murderer Pamela Hupp, Zellweger wore a fat suit.
As for the outfit, she said: “It’s pretty much head-to-toe. It’s a prosthetic limb, it’s a [padded] suit, it’s her choice of outfit, it’s the agility of her walk, her gait. “
I have a question. Why was a thin woman cast in this role in the first place? Fat suits are repulsive and outdated – they need to be relegated to the dustbin of film and television history. They are not funny, although they are often played for laughs – see “Fat Monica” in Friendwho audiences are said to find amusing for simply… dancing when fat, or flirting with Chandler when fat.
What’s more, the fat suits send the message that there are no oversized actors who can fill roles that require someone with a larger body. This was not the case at all, and it happened just a few months later Strange things star Shannon Purser, who plays Barb (who totally deserves it), has spoken out about the lack of body diversity in Hollywood.
On Twitter, Purser wrote: “They don’t hire fat actors for iconic fat characters because they want a big name star. There are hardly any big-name stars because fat actors are not allowed to move upwards. We are not allowed to move upwards because the industry sees us as two-way pieces.”
Playing Zellweger and dressing her up in a fat suit totally proves Purser’s point – it’s progressive fatphobia. Physical diversity, though perhaps slightly improved, is still sadly lacking in Hollywood. The main roles are almost always given to people with thin, muscular bodies. And when they don’t, actors are forced to confront the abhorrent level of body shaming – both on set and on social media – as in the case of Yellow jacket star Melanie Lynskey.
Zellweger responded to the criticism in a new interview, saying: “Look, you want to be respected and responsible. There is always a limit to how much you can establish a true approximation without distraction. “
Well, the most honorable course of action here is to cast an actor whose body better suits the character – not a skinny woman in a padded suit.
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This isn’t to say that Zellweger isn’t a great actor, but the fat suit negates the talent of those who could have made it through the role, without having to wear full body padding, or be fat. slim as an outfit.
People with larger bodies still face discrimination, from employers and health professionals – which is extremely dangerous – in educational settings, gyms and relationships. relationship. Negative stereotypes against body fat are perpetuated through stereotyping (heavier people are often “lazy” or “greedy” or “lack of self-control”) and possible weight stigma prevent people from accessing life-saving medical treatment.
In 2018, research from the British Liver Trust found that weight discrimination was the most common form of discrimination in the UK. It has even been called “socially acceptable injustice”, due to the pervasive and pervasive nature of this prejudice.
The media, including movies and TV, has a section to play here. If roles that require larger bodies are given to skinny actors in padded suits, it fuels the belief that oversized actors don’t deserve to be hired.
This is an act of exclusion and discrimination. It sends a clear message that anyone older than Hollywood’s problematic privileged “standard” for exceptional thinness – especially female actors – is not worthy of professional respect, or not. had the opportunity to perform excellently in the main roles.
This isn’t the narrow-minded 1990s or early 2000s – all bodies are valid. Fat actors in the main roles. And leave the padded suits of the past where they belong.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-features/the-renee-zellweger-controversy-shows-why-hollywood-needs-to-ditch-fat-suits-once-and-for-all-41898279.html The Renee Zellweger controversy shows why Hollywood needs to get rid of fat suits once and for all.