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19 Times Fat Characters Were Portrayed Super, Super Offensively

These are just...bad.

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about people on TikTok sharing examples of anti-fat portrayals of TV and movie characters, thanks to @morethantracyt's prompt. Well, people in the comments of the BuzzFeed article sounded off with more examples of truly offensive portrayals of fat characters.

Here's what they said:

Just a heads-up: These responses talk about eating disorders, disordered thinking, and body-shaming.

1. Annie from Shrill:

2. Rhonda from That '70s Show:

3. Hanna from Pretty Little Liars:

4. Edna Turnblad in Hairspray:

5. Rasputia from Norbit:

6. Barney in How I Met Your Mother:

7. Pam Nunan in Bones:

8. Bridget in Bridget Jones' Diary:

9. Schmidt and Nick on New Girl:

10. Tyra's portrayal on The Tyra Show:

11. Lucy/Quinn on Glee:

12. Jill from Mom:

13. Martha Johnstone in Dodgeball:

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"The cheerleading tryouts with Justin Long in Dodgeball. They made it a joke that a plus-size woman was trying out for the squad and then had him try to lift her. He couldn’t, and she fell on top of him and 'crushed him.' I hate that scene so much."


14. Alyson in To Be Fat Like Me:

15. Chris in Just Friends:

16. Regina in Mean Girls:

17. Sylvia in The Nanny:

18. Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor:

19. And lastly, the entire movie The DUFF:

OK, now that we pointed out the problematic, offensive portrayal of fat characters, let's talk about movies, shows, and talk shows that portray them in a positive, accurate, empowering light. Let me know in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

If you are living with an eating disorder, you can find resources and support here. You can also call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 1-800-931-2237; for 24/7 crisis support, text “NEDA” to 741741.