HOLDING THE PHONE ON MY OFFICIAL THOUGHTS ON THIS UNTIL I WATCH THE DANG THING. HOW LAME OF ME TO JUDGE BY JUST WATCHING THE PREVIEW. LOLLLL… but if you’d like to read my initial thoughts <3
Okay, y’all know I use this medium as my personal stream of consciousness, so I hope that you’ll bear with me.
I want to first put up the disclaimer that I am not just trying to be offended by something like the rest of the population. I’m not like ACTUALLY upset, but just wanted to explain why I think this is problematic, but also (I guess) promising.
One thing of note: I ABSOLUTELY ADORE JENNIFER ANNISTON.
I think she is basically perfect, and kind, and genuine, and down to earth. I just love her.
I know that, in all honesty, her intentions were most likely pure in this new series on Netflix, Dumplin’. I don’t think that she probably knows much about diet culture. But I just want to share my thoughts when I saw it.
Anytime that I see something about a “big girl” doing something special, my WTH red flags go up! Like really?
It’s almost as if we made a movie with the premise of a black man who isn’t doing crime. It’s completely inappropriate and based on false narratives of society that are just completely erroneous.
Dumplin’ is meant to be the “big girls” standing up for themselves and going out to do the pageant. The mom of one of the girls is Jennifer Aniston who was a prior winner of this pageant.
Jennifer is classic for that role because OF COURSE she would be. She’s beautiful. She’s thin. She’s perfect and everything that is of social value.
But the role of her daughter… she’s IN A LARGER BODY. GOD FREAKIN FORBID. She calls her Dumplin’ which that name in and of itself is meant to portray a connotation of endearing yet condescending at the same time.
They show in the trailer as she walks in heels and the heel turns over as if women in larger bodies can’t even walk around in heels??!?!?!
Women in larger bodies can’t be sexy? Women in larger bodies are being praised because they are going to actually go on stage for a pageant.
This is what is wrong. This is what causes phobias of ever taking up space in the world because society tells us over and over and over again that we will be seen as lazy misfits. Can you imagine a young girl watching this series and she is larger than her 8 year old friends, for example? She would start the trajectory of thoughts that tell her that she is not as valued as them, and that in order to be of value, she needs to shrink her body. She will think that she can never enter a pageant or be taken seriously in the context of one. How devastating. We can do better, yall.
It honestly makes me rage a little inside, but then I look to the writers of the show and the people that are playing the roles, and I legit just think that they do not know.
It’s like the last thing on the social justice ladder. No one cares. I mean some people care and people are speaking out about it, but it’s so much deeper than just my issues, or just diets, or smaller bodied people, or larger bodied people. I just wonder when the ignorance on this topic will be just like racism in which it’s no longer okay to say that you didn’t know.
It’s about standing up for these people that are HUMAN. They walk around us every single day, and we give all these terrible adjectives to these beautiful souls that have so much to offer the world but half of them are wasting their time trying to fit into small freakin jeans before they will go out into the world to be taken seriously.
Again, I get it. I really do, and I even see larger women in the comments saying how excited they are for this series, so maybe it just hit a nerve, but I just think that the pervasive nature of this series is to say that it’s shocking and a big deal for this girl to sign up for a pageant when she’s clearly “not pretty enough, not skinny enough, and apparently can’t even walk in heels”
At least we are talking about it … maybe this is the beginning of a revolution. That’s the promising part.. (ha)
But I digress..