By now you may have heard that one of our Big Girl celebrity favorites, Nikki Blonsky, was arrested (along with her dad) on charges of assault:
Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky and her father were arrested on assault charges following a brawl involving the family of America’s Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden in a Caribbean airport, police said Friday.
The 19-year-old actress was released on bail, while her father, Carl Blonsky, remained in jail. Golden was also arrested and released on bail. Golden’s mother Elaine was reportedly hospitalized with serious injuries.
According to the Providenciales Police Department in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the fight erupted in the departure lounge of the Providenciales International Airport after everyone had gone through security.
“Things got out of hand in an argument over seats in the departure lounge, and several people were involved in an altercation,” a police source tells PEOPLE. “There were some injuries involved.”
Rumor has it that Golden asked the Blonsky’s to move their luggage so that Golden could sit down, the Blonsky’s refused, and mayhem ensued.
Francesca is sad that one of our own would be involved in such a mess.
However, the pertinent point for today is that, so far, Francesca has not seen any media outlets or blogs which, in reporting this story, point out Blonsky’s size. They simply report that she is an actress from Hairspray.
This is a very good sign, especially considering that the altercation was between a Big Actress and a Thin Model. Francesca shudders to think of the crass humor that could be traveling ’round the internet. It is also noteworthy, when one compares it to this report from the memoirs of Camryn Manheim:
Here is the definitive list of fat synonyms and fat euphemisms, all culled from reviews about me. These are from actual reviews. Many of these critics took upon themselves to alert people that I was fat, just in case they wouldn’t notice. And it’s obviously really important to these critics that people do notice.
:: list of 32 phrases::
Look, I don’t mind being described as fat . . . But I hope there are more interesting aspects to my performances, and I would hope in the future reviewers will focus on my acting and not my dimensions. The reason they don’t mention that Tom Cruise is 5’8″ in reviews is because it doesn’t matter. And I hope that some day, my weight will be regarded as equally irrelevant.
So, readers, the assignment for today is to direct traffic to online entertainment-news vendors who report on this incident without mentioning Bronsky’s size. Let us reward those who know that her weight is irrelevant! Include links in the comments!