So I'm watching and she is in LA and goes for an audition for an acting role. At the last minute they ask her to read for a different role, the character in question is a larger woman, and Kierra (who had a previous negative experience with an acting audition that was weight related (she was much larger)) is worried that she is going to always be typecast as the fat girl. So she says she needs to work out in order to avoid being typecast.
I get that, I'm not deluded about society and the pressures put upon people to confirm and be aesthetically pleasing, and for particular jobs you do need to fit a certain mould.
But god I'm annoyed! Why can't leading ladies be fat and not always fall into the stereotypical fat character? Why can't writers write characters whose strength and humour is not grounded in their appearance?
As a writer and a fat person I feel like I have failed myself.
When your physical appearance doesn't win you friends, open doors for you or get you preferential treatment then you have to dig deep and have something more to offer and make life a success for yourself. The problem with this is that some people can accuse you of trying too hard, or tell you that it's the 21st century and if there is something you don't like then you can change it. All hail plastic surgery!
So it's my aim to write a story before the end of the year that has good, strong, fat, thin, ugly, gorgeous characters who are outside the mould.
Feel free to join me!
Oh! And while I'm at it, what's with all the charity envy? The ALS challenge was to raise awareness, it did, and it also helped increase donations. Of course there are many many more overlooked charities that need more donors and there always will be. So those stamping their feet about ALS getting attention need to realise that it's fun, a great charity campaign as the costs are low, big celebs can get involved for no cost, you don't have to contribute to someone achieving a life dream of some sort, no one gets hurt (only idiots), it's just a bit of fun! And the rewards are good all around!
So please, be happy for the charity and donate to a charity of your choice, but quit complaining!
Oh wait! Hang on a cotton picking minute am I complaining? Damn! Caught in my own trap. **sigh**