Just watched Hairspray and feeling a bit sad about it

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Hairspray is a wonderful musical film ( adapted from a play) set in per-integrated 1960 Baltimore. The main character is a chubby highs cool student who wants to dance on the teen tv show, has a crush on the cute boy dancer (Zac Ephron) and wants a world where everyone can be proud to be themselves no matter the color of their skin or their size ( John Travolta plays her "size 60" mom who does not want to leave her house at her size).
The movie made me happy that the world has changed since 1960. I am pleased that we have grown toward a place where people can be people not blacks or whites. Things may not always be 100% but the progress has been massive. What hasn't changed is that "fat" people are still ridiculed and excluded. Why are 99.9% of the images we see on tv and in the movies of stick thin people! I want to see more size diversity.
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    Size diversity is unlikely to happen in this society. Even the Government says we are too fat and has changed that standard over the years to reduce the size of America. If we were to be measured by standards on 1960, we would be much closer to "normal" size.

    Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14 dress. It would be a size 8 in this society, but even so, her thighs would not pass muster.

    I think it would be nice if we could accept people no matter who they are and what they do. It would be nice to do that. I now understand why Hairspray made you sad.

    In the story, however, the girl and her mother were accepted by the group and danced in the finale. Reminds me of Dancing With the Stars.
    3342 days ago
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