Growing up in America, I was one of many under the false assumption while watching the various films and movies that always featured larger-sized people as stupid and meaningless stereotyped roles. The heavy are portrayed in sitcoms and movies as either the “funny, lovable big guy” or the “evil lecherous enemy in an action films”…this was, and still is, the way of the world.
There certainly hasn’t been any leading role out there for a specific heavy actor, as evidently they would not embody the real America that we all have come to know.
Yet, slowly but surely I’ve noticed certain celebrities stepping their feet in the spotlight. Oprah is on an untouchable level…and other celebs such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Moore, Elizabeth Taylor and Jennifer Hudson are making a hefty paycheck for numerous roles.
Oh, but that’s right, Ms. Hudson is now thin so she doesn’t count anymore.
What does it take for larger-sized people to be considered equal to their counter-parts? Are we not on the same playing field because of our body size and/or shape? Is that not considered a form of prejudice?
Personally, I am finding a secret to “thin-hood” is having societal compassion and acceptance for all, regardless of ones weight. Full-figured actors-especially in today’s society-would depict a true to form reality and story on the big screen.
The big screen is for big people too.