Apparently there’s a new show on the teevee called “Mike & Molly” about two fat people who fell in love after meeting at Overeaters Anonymous. Once again, American sitcom writers demonstrate their superb cleverness! Sigh. And, shocker of all shockers, there are plenty of fat and eating jokes in it. People are freaking out about the show, too — not only are they upset at all the fat jokes, but it sounds like some are just plain disgusted by seeing people on the tube who aren’t rail-thin or super toned. “Like, fat people are soooo gross and stuff, gawwwd! Gimme some hot Jersey Shore hos and douches with hot bodies and stuff, amirite??”
…While it’s done well so far in the ratings, the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly,” about a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group, has drawn complaints for its abundance of fat jokes. It’s also drawn cries from some viewers who aren’t comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors.
“At this point, if a show is centered around a plus-sized or an obese character, it does seem to be a big plot line,” said Lizbeth Scordo, a contributing editor for the Yahoo TV blog. “With ‘Huge,’ it was about a weight loss camp, and with ‘Mike & Molly,’ [the show’s producers] keep saying it’s about two blue-collar people falling in love. And that is part of it, but if you’ve seen the show, you know there are a lot of weight jokes.”
What I don’t understand is why they have to make a show with fat people in it and fill it with fat jokes and a fat-centric plot. Why can’t they just be fat people leading everyday lives with everyday problems? You know, like people do every day? Fat people making fat jokes simply isn’t funny. Look at comedian Louie Anderson — it’s been years since I’ve paid him any attention, but the last I knew, his comedy was mostly about his fatness. I have never once laughed at that man’s jokes. But I digress…
I guess fat people who don’t demean themselves are considered to be too boring for teevee watchers. God, American sitcoms are such crap! OK, we do have “Modern Family” which hardly ever makes its two fat characters’ weight the focus of a joke or plot, but such shows seem to be rare. Or are they? I don’t watch a huge amount of network teevee, so feel free to point out some other shows with “regular” fat people if you know of any.