TLC is known for shows about unconventional relationships, and the latest is Hot and Heavy, a new docuseries will tell the stories of three “mixed weight” couples and how they deal with cultural scrutiny. According to the announcement,
“The show launches next month and will follow three couples — Joy and Chris, Kristin and Rusty, and Adrianna and Ricardo. Over three one-hour episodes, the couples will be shown dealing with public judgement and confronting skeptical friends and family.”
All of the relationships feature straight size men with plus size women. At one point in the trailer, Rusty declares “I absolutely love Kristin’s size, I wouldn’t mind if she was a little bigger” while Kristin is seen weighing in at 329.4 lbs.
— TLC Network (@TLC) December 10, 2019
The trailer faced immediate backlash, as anyone who watched the trailer could have predicted. However, there were many reasons why people were upset.
Some were angry because it treated fat people as some kind of “other,” like they aren’t just people.
“This is not okay and that title is horrible.”
“Quit exploiting obese people. The only reason you are daring to air something like this is to get people to watch your crummy network. Used to love TLC. Now I pretty much scroll right on by it when setting my DVR.”
“Fat people are not your sideshow attraction. Cut this sh*t out.”
Other people pointed out that it only featured couples where the women were heavier, explaining that this perpetuated sexist stereotypes.
“How come it’s only the women that are heavy?”
“Of course, only the women are heavier.
Let’s retitle, “How Can Men Possibly Love Fat Women?”
“So will there be a couple the other way around him big her not just curious? #hotandheavy”
a show exclusively about
“men who love
but not women who love
Why not both ways,
The obvious answer is that society places different parameters of beauty on women than it does on men. It’s normal when a man is heavier than his girlfriend, but it’s show-worthy when men like heavier women.
However, there was a third type of critic as well, claiming that the show was “celebrating obesity.”
“I get that obese people need love too but celebrating morbid obesity is just wrong, it’s not something to aspire to. Definitely avoiding this show”
“Excuse me TLC, this is not healthy. You should not be promoting it. Thank you.”
“What’s with TLC and morbidly obese people? I can understand my 600 lb life because they actually want help but morbid obesity not to be celebrated.”
Well, TLC is probably happy that people are talking about the show, even if it is overwhelmingly negative. Will anyone be hate-watching January 7th?