HUGE (ABC): Do People Really Want To Watch 'Fat'?


I'll be upfront with you: I've only watched the pilot episode of HUGE, and, size-wise, I'm more Amber (Pictured Above) than Will. I've never entertained the idea of going to a fat camp and my television of choice is more likely to feature stick thin women and muscular men trying to defeat the forces of evil than fight the flab. But the concept of Huge has me intrigued. I've been pondering this one little question: Do people really want to watch 'fat'?

Let's be honest, scripted television rarely reflects the real world, especially in the USA. It's used as a way to be both entertained and live vicariously. Enjoy the drama of the vicar cheating on his wife with the barmaid, while imagining you're the most popular kid in school with your pick of a date for the prom. It's fun, it's safe, and it provokes imagination and fantasies.

When I sat down to watch Huge, even knowing the premise beforehand, I was surprised at the lack of thin kids. Yes, I know it was stupid to think there would be a stick thin fashionista and a hunk of a sports star, but after Will's confident striptease mere minutes into the episode, I was left wondering where the appeal was. As someone used to seeing 'gorgeous' and 'thin' characters flaunted across our screens, I wasn't entirely sure what I was supposed to feel watching Will's act.


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