How Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ revolutionizes body diversity on screen15th March 2019
We still have a ways to go, but right now there’s never been more on-screen diversity as far as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender. But there’s one kind of representation Hollywood continues to drag its feet on: body diversity.
Outside a couple notable exceptions (basically anything Queen Latifah has been in), the little representation we do see of fat women on screen usually comes with a heaping pile of missing the point entirely.
The good intentions of Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty or Netflix’s controversial Insatiable, for example, don’t save either from still feeding into the same beauty standards they purport to subvert. I Feel Pretty portrays Schumer’s body confidence as a magical delusion, while Insatiable puts a thin actress in a fat suit for the sake of a skinny revenge fantasy.
Then there’s Shrill, a Hulu original debuting today that quietly yet radically revolutionizes the way fat women are represented on screen.Read full story...