I do agree that this country definitely has an issue with how it views overweight and obese women and men. I don't agree that it is the "last acceptable prejudice." There are so many people that are still racist and sexist and so many other types of "isms" that I don't believe people are only just prejudice about weight. As far as people speaking out about weight as an issue, you don't hear about it a lot from people who aren't overweight or didn't used to be overweight. I'm not sure why that is but it seems that as of right now, socially, this country isn't as concerned about the feelings of overweight people as they are of people of color or the multiple other rights people are fighting for.
None of the women in the article were thrilled with this film, and neither was I. Although they did try to show that inner beauty is what matters, they still overly emphasized her weight and her inability to go anywhere without getting mocked or made fun of. The movie was distasteful and completely rude, but that's my opinion.
I think those who don't publicly support overweight actors, actresses, models, etc. are just trying to avoid a bullet. They most likely have an opinion, whether it is one way or another and as of right now, the media isn't overly focused on the obesity issue unless it affects someone who used to be smaller, or someone who is setting a world record. I know that sounds terrible to say but that's how the media is and there are countless shows about losing weight without getting surgery and how much happier these "skinny" people are after they drop the pounds. It's sad really, because people seem to be getting shallower as the years progress, or maybe it's just the age I'm at right now. The majority of the men I talk to and interact with aren't interested in anything I have to say and if they aren't too busy checking out my ass or my roommates ass, they are starting at my chest, instead of listening to what I have to say. It's pathetic really, and I hope someday it gets better but it seems the media doesn't help any when the typical model weighs 100 pounds and she has no shape.