Operation Skinny Jeans: A rant

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A rant

Dear Melissa McCarthy,

First can I say that I love you. You are beautiful and funny and when you first started popping up everywhere, I LOVED it! It is hard out there for curvy women. You are the first curvy woman in a long time to have a successful movie career. You are funny, and charming and seem like a really awesome person who I would love to hang out with. And your recent success has me OVER THE MOON. The fact that Hollywood continues to accept you for who you are and you decidedly not changing FOR Hollywood gives me hope for more body size equality in movies in the future.

That being said.

I am really disappointed in you.

I think you are hilarious in Mike and Molly. Funny without being garish.
I laughed at your performance in Bridesmaids.
I thought you were funny in Identity Theft because your character had some depth.
The Heat made me want to pee my pants.

But seriously?

This weekend I saw a preview for your new movie, Tammy, and I just starred at my tv in sadness and disappointment. You are funny, we get it, but another outlandish, over the top, stupid character is not what you need. By continuing to accept these roles, you are perpetuating the idea that you are a JOKE. Hollywood is making you into a punchline, and therefore all curvy women, into a punchline.

I understand you are a comedian, and you need to work, but you are also a brilliant actress who has REAL talent and a REAL body for the first time like ever. You are SO MUCH MORE than this. You are doing a real disservice to yourself and to other curvy women out there by allowing this to continue.

I will not go see Tammy. I won't even rent it. And I am not sure I will see you in Heat 2 which I just saw on IMDB is in production. I can't support this downward spiral of terrible, cheap laugh movies you continue to star in. You are cheapening yourself and you are cheapening other curvy women. We need a role model who will serve us with grace, not with a cheap laugh.

I'm sorry.

I really do love you but you can do better, BE better. You are a pioneer. You are paving the way for body equality in Hollywood, but if you continue to be the butt of every joke and allow Hollywood to use you for a cheap laugh, a feature length fat joke, nothing will change.

Your fan,

Jess
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23 comments :

  1. I read a great article about women in Hollywood and all the upcoming films written by women and directed by women and starring women coming out this summer. This was one of the movies. The trailer makes it appear to be a completely different film compared to what I read about it. The article treated it more as a dark comedy, instead of a slapstick thing. I don't know if the producers or whomever chose this scene on purpose, but I'm willing to give it a shot based on what I read with hopes this is just one dumb scene.

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  2. Just watch enough Gilmore Girls to make you smile again :). My absolute favorite MM role!

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    1. I was just going to say this same thing! I enjoy her other roles as well, but I keep going back to Suki.

      I really don't think she is getting type-cast, but that's just my opinion.

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  3. I have mixed feelings on this. Part of me agrees with you and part of me thinks that there are men in movies that only do the goofy comedies like she has been in recently. So if they can do it why can't she, but then again, I see what you're saying too. I loved her in Gilmore Girls so I kinda wish she would play in a role kinda like that in something.

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  4. I really don't think you are giving her enough credit. She co-wrote the movie with her husband who is the director. She did not just take the role. She also didn't ask to be your role model.

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  5. I don't think it's something I'll watch in theaters either. I love watching Melissa & I think it's awesome she feels comfortable being her! I think she needs to step out of her comfy zone & do something different.

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  6. Since you made this a rant post, I will rant right back at you. I find it sad that you hold her to a different standard than any other comedian because of her size. Actors, especially comedians, can end up type cast and taking on the same types of roles over and over. This is because when they find success in film, they tend to repeat variations of the successful formula. I agree with Kadie, she co-wrote this movie, and you need to give her more credit. She is not Hollywood's fat girl who is just the butt of the joke. She is a comedian making movies that fans of her comedy like to watch her doing. I don't see you ranting about Adam Sandler or Will Farrell playing essentially the same role in every movie they make. Her job is comedian, not the poster child for empowering plus sized women. Unless you are going to hold all comedians, male, female, skinny, and plus sized to the same standard, then it is unfair to put that on her alone. I honestly don't see what her size has to do with anything.

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself!

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    2. Couldn't have said it better!!!!

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    3. Totally agree. By expecting her to make certain career choices because of her weight, you are making her the "token fat girl" more so than hollywood is. I get that you are very protective of us fat girls...and its endearing. But i think you missed the mark on this one.

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    4. Totally agree. By expecting her to make certain career choices because of her weight, you are making her the "token fat girl" more so than hollywood is. I get that you are very protective of us fat girls...and its endearing. But i think you missed the mark on this one.

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    5. Darn you are no reply bloggers! Otherwise I would have emailed this :D

      I emailed this to Jennifer too- my disappointment is that she is playing characters who don't portray plus size women in a positive light. I totally get that she is a funny lady and that making fun of yourself is part of comedy, but playing the same role that feeds into the stereotype is getting old. I also agree that male comedians playing the same role gets old and that its no different except that she is representing a minority (whether she meant to or not) and that there is some responsibility in that. But that if she is happy with the work she is doing, cool. I mean I guess she is, she keeps taking the same one note roles that she has been taking. It would just be nice to see her try something else.

      :D

      Also do you know about how No reply comments work? Normally I would email you and we could have a little discussion, its fun! but for some reason (mostly google being stupid) I can't reply :( thought I would let you know :D

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    6. But plus sized Women aren't a minority. They may a minority in Hollywood, but Hollywood is the minority and the 1% of the United States. The normal american man AND woman is typically plus sized. I know how you feel because I have a similar issue with certain people in hollywood that represent me as well. What we don't realize is that people are NEVER going to live up to what we think a good representation of our selected group really is. WE have to be that voice, because if we just leave others to do it, it will NEVER get done. So, I promise I understand your concern, but we are going to continually be disappointed if we expect people who make more money than us to make moral decisions when it comes to their pay.

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    7. http://starcasm.net/archives/277126

      A recent reference to her as "America's plus-size sweetheart" in an article did not go unnoticed. "It's like I'm managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction ... Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?"

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  7. I haven't heard about "Tammy", but I was watching the movie with her and Sandra Bullock last week and had some similar thoughts. I didn't think about it in regard to her size, but I was disappointed that she does keep doing those type of rolls. But I guess whatever she enjoys!

    I first fell in love with her on Gilmore Girls and have a hard time seeing her as anything other than Suki hahaha

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  8. I love Melissa McCarthy and I agree with others who said my favorite role of hers was Suki - she's great! I'd love to see her in more serious roles, too. But she's a comedienne, like you said, so I'm sure she's doing work she loves. There have been some curvier ladies that have done serious roles, Queen Latifah is coming to mind, Kathy Bates, America Ferrera - so we have all different kinds of role models! I do get annoyed with actors that do the same stupid role over and over though, too (someone mentioned Will Ferrel and that is SPOT ON omg do something different lol).

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  9. I'd love to see her in more serious roles too, because I agree she's a talented actress. I agree with those who said Suki has been one of her best roles. But like you said, she's a comedienne so I'm sure she loves the work she's doing. I do hate when people do the same dopey comedy role over and over though (someone mentioned Will Ferrell and that is so SPOT ON omg do something else lol). We have some role models out there who have done some serious roles...Queen Latifah is coming to mind, Kathy Bates, America Ferrera. Love it!

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  10. I miss her on Gilmore Girls. She'll always be Suki St James to me. Seeing her in terrible roles makes me cringe.

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  11. I miss her on Gilmore Girls. She'll always be Suki St James to me. Seeing her in terrible roles makes me cringe.

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  12. I feel 100% the same about this. Love Melissa, but hate Tammy. Just makes me sad that hollywood thinks big women HAVE to be funny or weird to have value.

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  13. I too was going to suggest taking a look at type casting... that's the movie industry and the type cast has nothing to do with her size but more to do with how she performs in that character role that keeps her returning to comedy as her performance genre. Actors/actresses are not type cast based on their size but based on how well they perform in a particular character role and the producer wants to have a successful movie, so they select actress/actors who can do the character justice.

    I have never even thought of her size while placing value on her ability to entertain the masses.

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