TLC’s Obese & Expecting — Too Much? Too Mean? Good Way To Change Perceptions?
Judging by the comments under Entertainment Weekly's story on TLC's new show Obese & Expecting, what we should really expect is more insults about people's weight.
Obese & Expecting is debuting as a one-hour special on May 17 at 9 p.m. and may potentially be picked up for a full season. The show will follow the health problems, weight gain and relationship struggles of four pregnant women who are morbidly overweight. According to the show (via EW), These women are challenging the perception — and the odds — of obese pregnancies, as they become moms, no matter their size or complications."
TLC is known for controversial programming — from Toddlers & Tiaras to 19 Kids and Counting and Sister Wives — and if the goal of this show is really to challenge perceptions (as opposed to exploiting a new group of people for rubber-necking shock value) they may have an uphill battle. Here's a selection of the initial comments under EW's exclusive story:
• "Obese and Expecting....with your host, Jessicaaaaa Simmmmmpsoooon!"
• "I like the picture of the woman who is so hungry that she's going to eat that baby."
• "Rosie ODonnell has another show?"
• "I bet half these girls aren't even expecting. Who could tell the difference if they lied?"
• "Let's get real here, Obese and Expecting is going to bomb because people don't want to watch morbidly obese people on television."
• "It should be called eating for two before I was pregant!!!!!!!"
• "Another title could be ‘I just figured out how to get fatter and I can blame it on pregnancy for the rest of my life'"
Interesting. Bullying and acceptance are big buzz terms out there, but you learn a lot more about true perceptions through anonymous Internet comments. Do you think this show has a chance of educating in a positive way, ala The Biggest Loser, or will it just be used as fodder for more jokes?