Sunday, September 05, 2004

Big Fat Deal

And now for today's blog discovery: Big Fat Deal is totally cool. The blogger calls herself "Piegirl" and states on her homepage:

"So what's the Big Fat Deal? Well, at the risk of getting all mission-statementy, I think it's important to call attention to issues of weight in the media, pop culture, and society. If we can convince at least one teenage girl that Ashley Olsen isn't "the fat twin," we will have done our job."

Well done! I feel like I could read this site all day. The most recent post draws attention to Renee Zellweger's weight gain to film "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." It has never stopped bothering me that Zellweger was ever cast as Bridget Jones in the first place. Like there aren't plenty of talented, size-14-already actresses who would have been perfect for the role?? Why do we have to get a thin woman to stuff herself up to the size that so many women are naturally, and then make a spectacle of her gaining and losing weight to make two Bridget Jones movies? It's the stupidest film-making move ever. And then of course, there's the insult that an American woman had to play this role, as if there aren't plenty of English, size-14-already actresses that -- oh, never mind. Did Zellweger playing Bridget Jones bother anyone else or is it just me?

Anyway, the site is great.

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