“Huge” Brings Fat Acceptance, Stereotyping to ABC
Alyssa Rosenberg points to the trailer for the latest project starring Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky. It's called "Huge," and it appears to be a story about triumphing-against-fat-camp-and-learning-to-love-your-body. Like Rosenberg, I'm all for tackling body image issues among teens head-on, but given that the trailer alone features a. obsessive dieting by the popular girl, b. as Rosenberg describes it, "a scene of Blonsky swiping [said popular] girl's abandoned dessert," c. a voiceover announcing, "in life there are no small issues," and d. the title "Huge," I'm worried the show will be indulging in a series of fat stereotypes only to knock them down with a requisite "but I love my body!" at episode's end. Then again, the concern trolling that's already piling up in the comments for the YouTube trailer suggest that tonal issues aside, teens could really use a show like this.