Push to save US weight-loss show

2010-10-06 07:24

Los Angeles – A day after ABC Family canceled its freshman series Huge, Jezebel.com has started an online petition to save the weight-loss drama.

In the petition, Jezebel.com’s Dodai Stewart argues that there are too few TV shows that feature overweight characters, and on the shows where fat characters do exist, they are typically treated as a punchline.

Huge was different, of course, because although the show was about teenagers at a weight-loss camp, weight loss was actually just a fraction of the issues the kids (and adults) were dealing with,’’ the petition reads. “The characters juggled dilemmas relating to crushes, self-confidence, popularity, rumours, toxic friendships, sexual urges, family drama, jealousy, embarrassment, sexual orientation, creativity, lying, cheating, rebellion, body odour, nerdiness and body image. In other words, it reminded us that fat people are people. Humans.’’

Huge, which stars Nikki Blonsky and Hayley Hasselhoff, averaged 1.9 million viewers.

“But I’d be willing to guess that for the almost 2 million people it touched, the impact was really important,’’ Stewart writes.

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