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Old 10-04-2005, 04:56 AM   #1
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Default Great things about being fat--loved it!

The missus and I watched the whole thing.

AMAZING to see a light-hearted, playfully fun and quite empowering look at fat.

Also, everybody see our own Lisa Brounstein?

Best moments:

1. Discussion of the media's habit of showing fat people from the neck down. You can show people smoking or drinking in bars with full face, but for some reason fat people must be headless, or mayhem will result!

2. The use of a tuba as soundtrack when a fat person comes on camera in a movie or tv show. Somehow that instrument has become associated with fat people.

3. How a fat nickname gives you more street cred.



Some gripes:

1. One of the reasons it's great to be fat, they said, was "You're already fat---you can eat!" They showed men wolfing down food, but not women. Ladies still aren't allowed to be gluttons on TV.

2. Too long--a half hour would have been better.

3. They featured people who are no longer fat, like Ann Wilson and Anna Nicole Smith. But the program was shot a while ago, I reckon.

Good program...wish I could have been on it and given my 2 cents!
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:40 AM   #2
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The special was pretty fun, they showchased some of my favorites like Jackie Gleason, Orson Wells and Rerun. Could have done without Oprah, Rosie O'Donnell and Rosanne though. Don't recall if they featured Carnie Wilson at all. Just as well, since she's become thin she's now loud and annoying.

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Old 10-04-2005, 05:44 AM   #3
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ahh crap i forgot about it. well looking at their schedule, it comes on many more times this week. here is schedule if anyone else missed it.

Tue, Oct 4 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Tue, Oct 4 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Tue, Oct 4 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Tue, Oct 4 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Tue, Oct 4 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Queer


Wed, Oct 5 8:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat
Fat

Wed, Oct 5 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Wed, Oct 5 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Wed, Oct 5 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Wed, Oct 5 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30
In Your 30's

Thu, Oct 6 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Thu, Oct 6 5:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Thu, Oct 6 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 8:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Thu, Oct 6 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Thu, Oct 6 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 1:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 2:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Fri, Oct 7 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Fri, Oct 7 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Fri, Oct 7 5:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Fri, Oct 7 8:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Fri, Oct 7 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State


Fri, Oct 7 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Queer


Fri, Oct 7 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being Red State


Fri, Oct 7 4:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Fri, Oct 7 5:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sat, Oct 8 1:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sat, Oct 8 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 8 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Sat, Oct 8 5:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sat, Oct 8 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Sat, Oct 8 7:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 8 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sat, Oct 8 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Fat


Sat, Oct 8 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 8 4:00 AMGreat Things About Being Queer


Sat, Oct 8 5:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sun, Oct 9 6:00 AMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sun, Oct 9 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Sun, Oct 9 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sun, Oct 9 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sun, Oct 9 4:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 15 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 15 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Wed, Oct 19 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Wed, Oct 19 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State
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Old 10-04-2005, 08:15 AM   #4
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1. Discussion of the media's habit of showing fat people from the neck down. You can show people smoking or drinking in bars with full face, but for some reason fat people must be headless, or mayhem will result!
Thanks for giving those of us who don't have television reception a little glimpse. You know, I think they do that to dehumanize us. We're just blobby bodies without faces, without eyes, without smiles.
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Got it recorded (first time it was broadcasting, it came on opposite the BBC America series Sea of Souls, which we've both gotten hooked on in my house) and hope to have a chance to see it within the next day or so . . .
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Got it recorded (first time it was broadcasting, it came on opposite the BBC America series Sea of Souls, which we've both gotten hooked on in my house) and hope to have a chance to see it within the next day or so . . .
HA...I know how that is! Guy and I are hooked on "Medium", and Great to be Fat was on opposite...so we had to tape also. Maybe I will watch it this afternoon and see how it is.
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Don't recall if they featured Carnie Wilson at all. Just as well, since she's become thin she's now loud and annoying.
yeah, she was there. it was the yo-yo dieters part of the show. they showed her fat, then showed her thin. it was a "blink-and-you-miss-it" type deal.
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I saw parts of it and liked what I saw.

Did they say that fat people are generally more happier than skinny people?
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the reason they usually show fat people from the neck down is that if they show their faces, they have to get a consent form signed. and who really wants to sign a consent form to be shown on the news special about how fat americans are?

i mean, other than people who frequent this board.
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the reason they usually show fat people from the neck down is that if they show their faces, they have to get a consent form signed. and who really wants to sign a consent form to be shown on the news special about how fat americans are?

i mean, other than people who frequent this board.
Possibly true (I also think there's an element of condescending dehumanizing happening here, but that's just me). But as the show itself points out, news shows don't have the same problem if they're, say, doing a segment on smokers . . .
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ahh crap i forgot about it. well looking at their schedule, it comes on many more times this week. here is schedule if anyone else missed it.

Tue, Oct 4 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Tue, Oct 4 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Tue, Oct 4 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Tue, Oct 4 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Tue, Oct 4 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Queer


Wed, Oct 5 8:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat
Fat

Wed, Oct 5 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Wed, Oct 5 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Wed, Oct 5 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Wed, Oct 5 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30
In Your 30's

Thu, Oct 6 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Thu, Oct 6 5:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Thu, Oct 6 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 8:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Thu, Oct 6 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Thu, Oct 6 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Thu, Oct 6 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 1:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 2:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Fri, Oct 7 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Fri, Oct 7 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Fri, Oct 7 5:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Fri, Oct 7 8:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Fri, Oct 7 9:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Fri, Oct 7 10:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State


Fri, Oct 7 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Queer


Fri, Oct 7 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being Red State


Fri, Oct 7 4:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Fri, Oct 7 5:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sat, Oct 8 1:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sat, Oct 8 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 8 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being Fat


Sat, Oct 8 5:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sat, Oct 8 6:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Sat, Oct 8 7:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 8 11:00 PMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sat, Oct 8 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Fat


Sat, Oct 8 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 8 4:00 AMGreat Things About Being Queer


Sat, Oct 8 5:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sun, Oct 9 6:00 AMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sun, Oct 9 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being Queer


Sun, Oct 9 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being Red State


Sun, Oct 9 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Sun, Oct 9 4:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 15 2:00 AMGreat Things About Being 30


Sat, Oct 15 3:00 AMGreat Things About Being Blonde


Wed, Oct 19 3:00 PMGreat Things About Being 30


Wed, Oct 19 4:00 PMGreat Things About Being Red State

You're my hero! Now I can watch the Fatty show, AND the Queer show...because gay people make me happy.

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