This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is running a profile of Lee Daniels, the producer and director of the film “Precious,” which will appear in theaters November 6.
For those who haven’t heard about it from, say, Oprah Winfrey, the film is about a black, obese, illiterate teenage girl who is pregnant (for the second time) by her father and has a verbally and physically abusive mother. The book on which the film is based is entirely bleak, but word has it that the film gives the main character, Precious, an emotional window by the end, from which to escape the unrelenting horrors of her life.
Francesca has been involved for so long in the Fatosphere, where women of largesse are supported, that she was startled – yes startled- to be reminded by the New York Times article that many, if not most, viewers will automatically feel disgust for Precious because of her size. (Francesca knows, she is living in dreamland.)
Francesca does not have space here to parse out the interlaced issues of race, class, and size raised by the film and (in the case of class and size) glossed over by the article.
But she wants to know your opinion: Does the article embrace or reject the fat-as-stupid or fat-as-disgusting stereotype? Do you plan to see the film? What are your thoughts?
Consider this an open thread about the film, the article, the nexus between size, class, and color – and public perception of any/all of those things.
PS We must keep an eye on the new actress, Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title character (pictured below) and the ballsy Mo’nique, who puts in an amazing performance as the evil, evil mother.