Why am I watching this?

Should be asleep, but I’m playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook and listening to “Bulging Brides” on the TV (what can I say, I just left Slice on after watching “Sheer Genius”). I just lost a game because I had to look at the TV. Judging by the way they were talking to the poor woman, I was expecting to see an extremely overweight individual. What I see instead is a very healthy-sized (139-pound, 5’4″) woman who really didn’t need to lose weight. (She did, on the other hand, need to have bought a dress that actually fit her. What is going on in brides’ heads? But I digress.) But she’s horrified at how she looks, and the two trainers do everything they can to make her feel as bad as possible about her present self.

What kind of horrible, piece of shit program is this? Like women don’t have enough body image issues that we need to have yet another TV program that tells us that carrying even 10 extra pounds makes you a fat cow. I don’t care if it’s supposed to be a boot-camp style weight loss show. I don’t care. It’s this kind of bullshit that makes young girls become bulimic or anorexic, that makes any kind of true fat acceptance in this society a pure pipe dream.

(I was despairing a little when I read the first few feedback comments on the show’s Web site, but, thankfully, there are a few sensible people who are also questioning how sensible the show is.)

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4 thoughts on “Why am I watching this?

  1. I don’t even know what to say – 5’4″ and 139 lbs is a bulging bride? Television is insane. In between telling everyone how disgusting they are because they’re not model skinny they do all the can to sell them junk food. I’m glad I don’t have cable, so I have no chance to run across this stuff — I get angry enough at the few things I do end up watching.

  2. Yup. That’s why I don’t own a television. It’s made me a very annoying person to watch TV with (even if it’s just in a bar where the TV is on in the background) because I’m unable to stop myself from commenting on the stupid things that go on in that little box. (Can we still call it a ‘box’?)

    Of course, that doesn’t stop me from staying up late into the night watching TV shows online. For example, I spent most of the long weekend cooped up watching Discovery Channel’s “Mayday” on their website. Quite an excellent and addictive show. Completely destroyed my circadian rhythm.

    Oh, and I see I’m on your “fave Ottawa bloggers” list. I’m flattered!

    – RG>

  3. I watch that show too sometimes and they do tend to yell and berate the poor women. If these chicks were morbidly obese, then yeah, they need a rough wake up call, but most of the women on there are just out of shape, so they don’t need that much nudging.

    Also-Why isn’t there a show like this for men? Seems unfair that only women get whipped into shape while their fiancée’s cram their jaws full of chips.

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