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Whoever cast Beanie in this role ought to be fired. Her physical “type” is completely at odds with Monica’s actual look, at that time. Besides which, Monica had a definite allure that Beanie lacks. This casting ruins an otherwise watchable (well, to some, a guilty pleasure) series.
Correct. Is the portrayal of Clinton’s interest in such an obese figure meant to suggest fetishism?
Bullshit. In ’98, no one called Monica alluring. Everyone was pretty shitty about her weight.
In all honesty most of the people who were shitty about her weight were defenders of Bill Clinton who saw her as a right-wing-planted obstacle to his awesomeness. These same “feminists” mocked Katherine Harris for her make-up and Paula Jones for her lack of big-city sophistication.
Predators have all kinds of excuses. Their enablers, too.
People were thinking: her?
You are absolutely right — but that was then. In retrospect, whatever people want to say about Bill Clinton and the various women he was alleged to have been overly friendly with, most of them had pretty nice figures. Including Paula Jones (who was widely trashed, in large part, because of her accent and working class background). And Monica is a stand-out. Casting a production that’s supposed to parallel real life comes with certain obligations (unless you’re Ed Wood). Are you going to cast a 6-foot-6 man to play Napoleon?
How tall is Joaquin Phoenix?
PeeWee Herman (Paul Reubens) as Abraham Lincoln.
Men know what they really mean by curvy. But there has been a movement in recent years to confusingly use “curvy” to describe every woman who isn’t lean as if it is all the same, as if Blake Lively and Melissa McCarthy are alike. This is based on our society’s disturbing resentment and envy toward the beautiful. I say that as a fairly big guy who would like to lose some weight.
“This is based on our society’s disturbing resentment and envy toward the beautiful”
Yeah, as if that’s new.
Good luck. I mean that. I lost 91 lbs last year and have kept it all off. If I can do it, I know anyone can.
Lean, sculpted, shapely, hotbod, curvy, zaftig, rubenesque, spilling over, tons of fun, Jabba-sized. Takes all sorts and shapes to make a world. Except the last two categories have been more and more prevalent over the past, say, 20 years. The Monica bod was more of a stand-out in ‘98 than it is today.
There’s an old saying: The first step to getting out of a hole is to stop digging.
But then Tin Cup wouldn’t be so relatable, would it?
Bunch of old dudes jeering about dress sizes. Very on brand.
Lizzo is the most beautiful person who ever stood in front of a microphone. And if you don’t agree you are a body-shaming, patriarchal racist!
Lizzo is gorgeous and she is an extremely talented, classically trained musician who has unfortunately let her career become all about her appearance. I get the sense this is a result of her overcompensating for abuse she’s been subjected to by people like Jeff.
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b175a4bf18d5a9803982f69293d293756ad5a372440d847e4e46a0dc26a9c906.jpg “Lizzo is gorgeous…”
Can you attach a picture of yourself for comparison ?
You are a racist, sexist, body-shaming, patriarchal, self-hating monster for saying that.
She’s more attractive than you’ve ever been.
“Lizzo is Gorgeous” is part of the serious problem our society is facing in recent years. Health problems from being obese will persist and obesity become worse and more far spread because of this whole notion of “you are beautiful as you are”.
Even if you don’t want to or can’t understand it, bodywise, people need to aspire to something. To something BETTER than them. Role models are not just for the mind but also the body.
Eating well. Excersizing. Trying your best to have good health. All those things are going out the window when we indoctrinate our youth with “Lizzo is beautiful just the way she is”.
Lizzo is talented. Lizzo is very good at her job. Lizzo is also obese and will almost certainly have serious health complications BECAUSE of her obesity unless she changes.
People like YOU are the ones who had the nerve to shit on Adele for looking HEALTHIER. AND Better.
You felt the need to right a four paragraph dissertation because I said a fat woman was pretty. Then you proceed to pile on ad hominems and accusations about my feelings on weight loss and Adele… and I’m the problem.
What I did say: “Lizzo is Gorgeous”
What I didn’t say: “Being fat is healthy”
Fat people can be pretty. That has nothing to do with health. Lizzo’s health is her business, not mine. I guarantee you, fat people don’t need to be reminded that they’re fat. You can’t shame fat people into losing weight and praising fat people won’t cause them to stay fat or lose weight.
Although I respect your views as presented here on your comment, I have to call bulshit on this responce. Praising fat people on their FATNESS as part of their “beauty” will not only cause them to stay fat, but cause others to “celebrate” their own obesity.
Also, you didn’t say “Lizzo is pretty”. You said she is GEORGIOUS which is the new normal of discussion, everything to the extreme is not cause for alarm but to be celebrated.
So yes I insist that you and everybody like you who ascends Lizzo’s APPEARANCE and not TALENT to “Gorgeous” heights is part of the problem in a big way.
I’ll be honest, I think Lizzo has a perfect face. Full stop. She’s just has a fucking beautiful face. She’s gorgeous. And that isn’t the new norm. There have been plenty of “gorgeous” fat people of all genders for decades. Some fat men have become straight up sex symbols.
I think acknowledging that yes, some fat people… like non fat people… are objectively pretty is of no consequence.
I just think that all of this is completely irrelevant to the obesity epidemic. Mental health, poverty, this has been scientifically studied. There are many factors causing it and praising an attractive fat celebrity is nowhere near the main problem.
My original comment was about Lizzo’s talent and how she’s selling herself short by making it all about her appearance.
I used to come here all the time but the constant posting about women’s body sizes, cancel culture, petty grudges, and angry screeds about aspect ratios has at last made it fully unreadable. Peace out.
To be fair to Wells, the angry screeds about aspect ratios have always been a huge part of this site. And this place would be nothing without the petty grudges.
Im not great with aspect ratios but maybe Monica is a 1.85:1 and Jonah Hill’s little sister is anamorphic?
My word, this can’t be the same “Friendo” that spends 17 hours a day complaining that The Left Has Become A Fascist Army of Dehumanizing Bullies, can it? How ever could this “Friendo” deal with such cognitive dissonance?
Enjoy the humor or be gone.
Believe me I’m laughing.
“And I’m scoffing and thinking “there’s no way Beanie Feldstein is a size 12. She’s a 14 minimum, or a 16.””
It’s kind of like when people who are older claim that they’re 48. You’re right — it *is* funny!
I can’t imagine anyone being sexually attracted to Feldstein at all, kills the immersion of the show
And I’m scoffing and thinking no way Jeff made it to episode 8 of this thing, way he’s been bad mouthing Feldstein. 4 or 5 maybe.
Honestly I may circle back and watch if it gets a bunch of Emmy nods or I’m super bored during the winter but I’ve abandoned it based on the Feldstein performance and general perspective of the entire show. I think I gave up after 3 episodes.
I gave up before the first!
Do you really think needless and petty posts such as this one are going to put you back in the good graces of publicists and gatekeepers? Sorry, but this one is beneath you. It has nothing to do with political correctness.
“Petty”? As you’re aware, the Feldstein casting was totally political — a bone thrown to the calorically challenged in the name of even-steven, non-prejudiced attitudes. By any reasonable standard Feldstein, whose performance is actually quite good on its own terms, is too plus-sized to play Lewinsky. who was curvy or zaftig but certainly not in Feldstein’s league…come on.
Does Friendo have a guess as to your real age?
She knows I’m 48, yes. But what possible bearing could my birthdate have on the obvious fact that Beanie Feldstein is too heavy to play Monica Lewinsky?
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