“This is Us” Fails To Unpack The Tragic Fat Girl Trope At All And It’s Super Bumming Me Out
Lesley Kinzel
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I’d been uncomfortable with the promos for this show because the brief scenes they showed of this lovely fat woman had her either taking off her earrings before a weigh-in, the aforementioned staring into a refrigerator or jammed uncomfortably into a corner next to a toilet, her body so contorted that I pondered if the actress was wearing extra padding in order to facilitate an artificially heightened starting point in an unfolding weight loss story.

I may give the show a try, it’s waiting on my DVR, but it’s really hard to swallow yet another fat main character whose primary focus seems to be her body and not her life.