CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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"The Biggest Loser"

There are a lot of reality TV shows, and I admit I've watched and enjoyed several (including "American Idol" and "America's Next Top Model").

But I've NEVER been a fan of "Survivor" or other shows like it, because I strongly dislike shows that encourage people to lie and be nasty and cruel to each other. It makes me sick to see what the people on "Survivor" will do in order to win...

But "The Biggest Loser" isn't like that, at all. Yes, people are competing against one another -- but they still care about and support each other.

I think that sends a very positive message to the audience.

And, as Marilyn mistressmarilyn said, the show creates unlikely heroes, and that makes me feel very good.

Some time back, there was a circumstance where a very obese man and his heavy wife were surrounded by a group of people -- and I was the only one who spoke to them. I don't believe any of the other people were trying to be deliberately unkind, but this was years ago -- and I think those other people were all uncomfortable being around this large man.

Marilyn and I agree that shows like "The Biggest Loser" help people become more comfortable looking at really overweight people -- and even seeing them wear tight and revealing workout clothes. It can be positive to see the flesh of heavy people, in spite of all the jokes we hear that put fat people down.

Granted, I'm heavy and need to lose weight myself. So you could assume that's why I sympathize and feel so strongly that fat people deserve to be treated just like everyone else.

However, it's not really about that for me. As always, I simply feel we need to be inclusive and not exclusive (which is my personal mantra). Fat and skinny, young and old, black and white, woman and man, gay and straight -- you name it. I think we're all in this together, and we need to support each other.

By the way, it's inspirational to watch these people work so hard to lose weight -- and it's clearly not easy. I often am moved to tears when I watch the show. Yet it's about far more than weight loss, in my opinion. It's also about the seeing people compete, while treating each other with both admiration and respect.

For me, this makes the very best reality TV show around, bar none.

Tags: 2009, january-2009, marilyn, reality-tv, tv

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