People Are Calling Out Pop Culture Favorites For Problematic Depictions Of Larger Bodies

"It's skin-crawling."

What we see on the big and small screen influences our perception about the world around us because representation matters — both the good and bad. In a viral Twitter thread, people are calling out moments from pop culture that, though they may seem innocent to some, essentially just body-shame plus-sized individuals.


It all started when user @KivaBay put out a call for folks to shout out moments that they consider to be fat-hating moments they can't get out of their head. Needless to say, there was a seemingly endless number of TV and movie references, and those who responded didn't hold back in explaining how the examples affected them.

To kick things off, @KivaBay began by referencing a particular scene from the “Harry Potter” film franchise.

@deanthekoala brought how “WALL-E” depicted a future in which all humans had become morbidly obese.

Even though “Friends” is a beloved show, @KabbieArlish noted that the series had a few unfortunate moments of shaming people on the bigger side.

@DanaMElliott brought up a few British rom-com examples of normal-sized people being described as fat.

Another user, @albertinho, pointed out a problematic trend in which villains are bigger than the hero, equating “fat” as a shorthand for “evil.”

@CeeJayDubois had a bone to pick with “Seinfeld” and how its main character totally body-shamed another random character.

Turns out the “Pitch Perfect” franchise calling a character Fat Amy wasn’t exactly a moment of inclusion, as @softboop notes.

@leighturtle_art recalled a classic childhood movie “Matilda” for a giving them a whiplash of feelings during cake-eating scene.

What all of these examples show is that what we see reflected in popular media does have an effect on us a viewers. It's one thing if you don't see yourself reflected at all, but it's even worse when you see yourself reflected negatively. Everyone should be able to see themselves reflected in positive ways because that's true inclusion.

(H/T: Twitter)

Cover image via: Fox


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