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Because a Girl's Weight is All That Matters

By Cindy Davis | Industry | August 16, 2010 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | August 16, 2010 |

Mamas, don’t let your girl babies grow up to be even slightly overweight. Because, it will be mentioned. It will be noticed. It will be commented upon.

I started reading the official description of this movie that just cast Kristen Bell and I kept getting stuck at the same point: The “script centers on an ambitious, slightly overweight ballerina…” Well there you have it, that’s the information that is important - she’s slightly overweight. The frack? Now we’re not talking about an obese girl trying to become a ballerina and her weight is the one barrier, so she has to either lose the weight or overcome the stereotype to be what she wants to be. We don’t get film descriptions of the slightly overweight boy who wants to be a dancer. And don’t give me that crap about ballerinas having a certain image, because that just feeds into this whole bullshit that women have to be whatever perfect aesthetic some 2000 year old bitch at whatever magazine decided upon. She’s in cahoots with the men who make all the commercials with the perky blonde housewives married to the decidedly older doofuses who spend their lives watching football, ignoring their children and surviving solely on buffalo wings and beer. I have two young daughters in ballet and I have seen many “slightly overweight” ballerinas who were just as wonderful and lovely to watch as their slightly underweight counterparts. So kiss off with your insulting and stereotypical character descriptions, Evan Greenberg (Scriptwriter and director).

Producers Daniel Dubiecki (Up in the Air, Juno) and Joel Michaely (The Quiet) are looking for an unknown to play the poor creature in this black comedy about the girl with a cliched overbearing mother and they hope the addition of Bell (blonde, pretty and presumably not overweight) will help get financing. So mamas, please line up your slightly overweight, desperate daughters to be mocked.

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