Archive For The “Pop culture analysis” Category

Walking (very, very slowly) in Fatworld

By | March 17, 2011

Fatworld was released by Persuasive Games waaaaay back in 2007, and funded by the US Corporation for Public Broadcasting—better known to you and me as PBS. There was some brief conversation about it in the fat blogosphere at the time, so when I ran across it again recently, entirely by accident, it was not unfamiliar […]

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Real Quick: Glamour is shocked. I mean eviscerated. I mean shocked.

By | February 23, 2011

Do you like irony? I like irony sometimes, when it’s funny, or when it’s apt, or when it serves a comeuppance to a person or institution in need of one. I’m less fond of irony when it fills me from boot-soles to eyebrows with aghast indignant eye-popping head-exploding what-the-fuck-fresh-hell-is-this rage. This post is in regards […]

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Real Quick: Actresses who eat things are FASCINATING.

By | February 16, 2011

Yesterday the New York Times ran an article discussing the frequency with which interviews with famously beautiful women talk about what they eat. Or how they eat. Or about how they talk about how they eat, boy howdy, do they ever eat! I ate some food the other day and damn, I ate the shit […]

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Dear Ryan Murphy: Once more, with Glee.

By | February 9, 2011

Dear Ryan Murphy, The last time I penned you a public missive, I had a few people observe that since you had not actually written the episodes of Glee that were receiving my rage, it was unfair to hold you responsible for every little thing that happens on your show. I beg to differ, given […]

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Real Quick: Jennifer Aniston looks wicked creepy in Allure

By | January 19, 2011

I have poked fun at Jennifer Aniston around here before, for apparently not knowing what a Cobb Salad is, though I am not as a rule anti-Aniston. I honestly don’t have a horse in that race. I’m pretty sure the only film I’ve ever seen her in was Office Space, which probably says something about […]

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Oh, freedom is mine: Weight Watchers and “Feeling Good”

By | January 18, 2011

The past few years have seen the rise of a new sort of celebrity. I blame Kirstie Alley for this, given her particularly memorable turn as Jenny Craig spokesperson, but she is only one of the many — Valerie Bertinelli, Sara Rue, Carnie Wilson, Jason Alexander — who have been famous in recent years primarily […]

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Dear Ryan Murphy: I have words about Glee.

By | December 10, 2010

Dear Ryan Murphy, Last night, at the behest of numerous readers who have asked for my take on the new “fat girl” on your show Glee, I braved the endless trailers for Tron: Legacy and ventured forth onto to pick up a couple of recent episodes. It turns out my limit for Glee episodes […]

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Fat Film Reviews: Gypsy 83

By | December 6, 2010

Gypsy 83 tells the story of Gypsy Vale, a 25-year-old Stevie-Nicks-obssesed goth girl working for her sister’s Fotomat and living with her musician father, well played by X’s John Doe, in the unremarkable nowhere of Sandusky, Ohio. Gypsy’s best friend is 18-year-old nascent queer Clive, a straight-A student who is apparently the only other goth […]

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Real Quick: Kathy Najimy offers confidence through spandex, sizes S-XL only.

By | November 30, 2010

Kathy Najimy is an “award-winning” actress who spent over a decade as the voice of a character on one of my most hated television shows of all time, King of the Hill. I don’t know what character she was, because as I’ve already noted, I really loathed that show. She’s also been in a bunch […]

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Who wants to see happy fat people in love? Not Marie Claire!

By | October 26, 2010

ETA: At their request, I’ve also submitted a “counterpoint” guestblog to Marie Claire, arguing in favor of more body diversity — including fat people! — on TV. You can read that here. The gorgeous image to the left is borrowed from the Museum of Fat Love, which hasn’t been updated in forever but is still […]

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