Aug. 19th, 2011

Ugh

Aug. 19th, 2011 10:07 pm
mickeym: (spn_jared seriously?)
MTV to debut plus-size reality star.

Ordinarily, I would think "gah, another reality show? Really?" and move along. Especially since it's MTV, and they seem to cater more to the generation behind me (and because the majority of reality shows annoy the ever-lovin' hell out of me).

But the thing that caught my eye and is really pissing me off, is the fact that they made this big deal out of the young woman's weight.

There’s a new MTV starlet in town, but this isn't just another Lauren Conrad.

The network will debut a new reality series in October, and while it features a familiar premise – girl moves to a big city to pursue fashion – newcomer Chelsea Settles is not only battling the transition, but also her weight. She weighs 324 lbs.


Why does it matter that she's plus-sized? But more importantly, wouldn't it have been sufficient just to say something like, struggling with weight issues. The number didn't need to be given, and I'm kind of horrified on this young lady's behalf.

ETA: Aaaaand I made the mistake of reading some of the comments, and now would like to go smash a whole bunch of idiots' heads.

I particularly love the ones where the tone (and/or words) are thus: "all you have to do is NOT EAT, no one's making you, you just need willpower".

Yes. I see that, now. *headdesk*

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