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TLC announced a new show that aims to highlight stories of couples in what it dubs “mixed-weight relationships.”
The two-minute-long trailer for Hot and Heavy, released on Tuesday, shows a woman saying, “My mom told me that it’d be difficult to find love if I was heavy.”
Another woman says she feels she “hit the jackpot” by finding her partner.
“I always had this idea that I didn’t deserve love because of what I looked like,” another woman says.
The trailer then shows the women’s partners, who all comment on how happy and attracted they are to the women.
“I wouldn’t mind if she was a little bit bigger,” a man says.
Another man exclaims that “every inch is a joy.”
“There’s a lot of inches to love,” he adds.
“What tf is this, @TLC? Creating a show about fat people in relationships, as if it’s surprising that anyone would love a fat woman. And not to mention the slight air of fat fetishization, it’s gross,” Twitter user @SimoneMariposa wrote.
Can we talk about the fatphobia of TLC as a channel because I am sick of it https://t.co/H4SSmBNam2— Mean Fat Girl- 🏳️🌈💄 (@Artists_Ali) December 11, 2019
Trying to find the words to describe how exploitative and fat misic TLC is. There is an obsession with the way they portray fat people under the guise of “harmless entertainment showing real lives” and it borders on fetishization. https://t.co/IOS9DHrpFM— moon (@wittnsass) December 11, 2019
If there’s a worse idea for a reality TV show, I’d like to hear it. pic.twitter.com/7chIhIs90I— David Hobby (@strobist) December 11, 2019
Hey @TLC, it’s 2020. Do better— jacquelyn.goss (@jacquelynmgoss) December 12, 2019
What tf is this, @TLC?— me, a fat 🦋🇬🇾 (@SimoneMariposa) December 11, 2019
Creating a show about fat people in relationships, as if it’s surprising that anyone would love a fat woman. And not to mention the slight air of fat fetishization, it’s gross. https://t.co/cJe1wNUOCw
Another criticized the comments the men made in the clip.
“‘I wouldn’t mind if she was a little bit bigger’ ehhhhh sounds like a fetish to me,” Twitter user @myabrianne_21 wrote.
“I wouldn’t mind if she was a little bit bigger” ehhhhh sounds like a fetish to me 😬😬😬— mya🦁 (@myabrianne_21) December 10, 2019
Others pointed out how all of the couples shown in the preview are plus-size women with slim men, rather than the other way around.
“So… a show exclusively about ‘men who love plus-size women’ but not women who love plus-size men. Why not both ways, TLC?” Twitter user @GESSwrites questioned.
So will there be a couple the other way around him big her not just curious? #hotandheavy— Mercedes Bardales (@mommy1669) December 11, 2019
According to Deadline, Hot and Heavy is set to premiere in January. The series will comprise of three hour-long episodes, each showing a different couple’s story.
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Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque