Shallow Hal was a highly disrespectful film. It exaggerates and horribly displays the various false misconceptions and stereotypes perceived about fat people. In the article read in reference to this film, Emme states that fat people are the "last acceptable prejudice." In my opinion, I agree with this statement on various levels. For centries America has dealt and struggled with discriminations of all kinds. Movements, protests, and riots have constantly occurred due to this unjust, cruel society that has formed their standard 'normal' expectations over decade upon decade. We as people have overcome and made progress in many areas such as segregation, the right to vote, and equal pay for women. Although there still remains discrimination in accordance to these and other issues, it is on a different level of being a bit more discrete than in the past. One of the last standing prejudice issues that remains more vulnerable than others is the issue of being 'fat.' Unfortunately, people still tend to openly talk negative and joke around about fat people. Extremely negative comments and looks are given so openly toward
fat people that it almost seems as if people think this is alright and not a form of discrimination. Movies like Shallow Hal further back this injustice to fat people up by constantly making fun of them and misrepresenting them as individuals. Examples include the metal chair and booth breaking, the huge splash made at the pool, and the constant panty jokes. I could go on and on because the entirety of the movie was nothing but false exaggerations of fat people and extremely discriminating and offensive jokes.
Emme's "last acceptable prejudice" comment is further justified by Wilson's comment which I was rather pleased to hear her recognize. Wilson brings up the point that what if a film were made that featured a Black woman with her 'inner' beauty being white. And throughout the film, Black jokes were made and horrid stereotypes were constructed to portray and misrepresent the African American race. Then on top of all this, the individual was hypnocized back to see the true color of the skin and thinking "Black is beautiful." If a film were made like that it would absolutly shock and astonish the human race. It would be like traveling back in time and the Black Power Movement and organizations such as NAACP and SNCC would rise up and revolt. People would think the film unjust and cruel and there would be no laughter to be shared in theaters. Well then, this is discrimination either way no matter if it involves race, gender, or body size. It is prejudice. . .plain and simple. So why is it that it is alright to make films like Shallow Hal and not think it will affect anyone negatively? Because 'fatness' is one of the main standing prejudice issues we as individuals are trying to struggle with to prove that it is an unjust discrimination that affects people just as much as race and gender.
Throughout the article, Emme constantly stood up for herself and vocally voiced her opinions. This is significant because she is a famous plus size model. She is constantly being looked and critiqued based on how she looks. Being a model she is wide open to the public and how they view her so her opinions are widely important because they signify strength. If more women stood up and voiced their feelings and pride for themselves it could help people perceive fat people on a more positve level. The main way to overcome this unjust prejudice and conquer the society formed stereotypes is to recognize and perceive fat people as individuals that are just as healthy and beautiful as anyone else that exists in this world.