So, this was one of the more depressing things I have encountered. Jennifer Hudson has proclaimed:
“I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!” she says. “I hope it has inspired people.”
And why is Jennifer Hudson so proud of her weight loss? Because she has been the recipient of the Hollywood/cultural message that she was a miserable lard-ass who would amount to nothing as a ‘big girl’, that’s why. It turns out that she is glad her “hard work paid off, but the singer/actress admits that before finding herself in the limelight, she never felt plus-sized. “I remember one of my first times on a red carpet, an interviewer asked, ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?’” Hudson told Self. “I looked around, like, ‘Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized?’ In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”
I’m a size 16. Nice to know my hopes for achievement will never come true as long as I am fat. After all, look at Jennifer Hudson. She didn’t accomplish anything with her life until she shed those unwanted pounds.
Actually she managed to do quite a bit with her big self. Before she lost the weight she managed to make it to the top 10 of American Idol, to release an album that sold a million+ copies, to win a Grammy, and to win an Oscar. You know, there are a lot of people who would like to fail like that.
What is wrong with our culture that a woman with so many achievements that are beyond the wildest dreams of all but a tiny handful of people should consider her recently-slimmed thighs to be her greatest triumph? Why does being fat reduce everything you do to insignificance, just because of the extra pounds? Why are you, as a fat person, inherently unworthy of accomplishment?