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I don’t really like MadTV. But this sketch had me in tears…and I feel awful for laughing so much.

“Every shoe in our hefty hoofer collection is a slip-on. That means no bending over.”

“This particular model that we are looking at is called ThunderLeg. But this also comes in Cankle.”

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6 comments

  1. I’m sorry- I can laugh with the best of them at things I really shouldn’t, but I find this really offensive. It’s difficult to articulate just how hard it is to be a woman who is bigger than most, and have standards of beauty thrust upon you that you could never compete with.

    This may seem like an over reaction, but having been the punch line of many a fat joke myself, I find little to laugh at.

  2. I certainly understand your thoughts. The ideals of ‘female beauty’ have definitely become obscene, unfair, and dangerous.

    That is what I assumed the whole point of this sketch to be about though…the ridiculousness of “competition” around appearance. The culmination is the models thrashing the hosts for their judgmental, short-sighted commentary. The judges prove to be fragile, while the models are much stronger when it counts. The models handle it all; the hosts whither into tears at any critique, proving that they are unhealthier with more screwed up relationships.

    But that opens up another question that I’d be interested in your thoughts on. What is the line between offensive comedy and non-offensive comedy? It’s almost impossible to draw a line, because it must vary so radically between each person. Is playing on any stereotype offensive? 75% of comedic acts/scenes would be offensive by that criteria. I don’t know.

    I think I’ve changed on this issue myself. I’m becoming more lax, because I noticed that if I wanted to, I could find offense at almost everything that I hear. And who wants that. The “Tranny” sketch on SNL, for example, can be (and has been) interpreted by many as making a mockery out of the stereotypes of the transexual community specifically and gay community in general. An overly effeminant man rambling on about clothes and appearance while the woman doesn’t understand what he’s saying…repeatedly using a new ‘catch phrase’ that is often uttered as a slur to transexuals. It speaks directly to the insecurities of many in that community about their societal perception. But, in the end it is a comedy sketch…and it can be hilarious.

    Is it possible for our comedy to have no boundaries, but for it NOT to trickle out into everyday thoughts and actions in a negative way? I don’t know. Maybe not. Maybe we should censor more things. Hmmm…

    Obviously I’d hate to ever see you offended. Very sorry for that. But I’d be interested to hear everyone’s thoughts on how to find the ‘line’ with comedy. Is there one at all? Should there be?

  3. It’s not that I didn’t understand why you thought the skit was funny and that I didn’t get that it was a commentary highlighting a society’s obsession with appearances… I mean, come on- Kathy Griffin is one of my favorites. I don’t have a problem with hyperbolic forms of comedy- this one just struck a chord with me because the hosts verbalized some the things I feel are said about me. It’s one thing to think it in my head, but it’s devastating to hear it out loud.

    I’m not really sure where the line between offensive and non offensive comedy lies. I know I have less of a problem when comedy exploits a stereotype to not only expose the ludicrousness of it all but show that sometimes a person who fits that stereotype is comical (just like everyone else) i.e. the “tranny” skit. While it admittedly was mocking Christian (and then in turn the transexual and gay community), it was Christian who was using the phrase “tranny” where as the fat women in the skit weren’t the ones making the comments, but rather it was the women representing the outside world.

    I don’t know if that made sense… if not, let me know and I’ll try again.

    I understand that is the natural evolution of entertainment/comedy to push the boundaries to remain edgy and fresh and most of the time, I’m enjoying what’s being said and done. Something is always going to offend someone- that may be part of the appeal (it feels good to laugh at something you know you shouldn’t be)… but just as a person has the right to laugh, a person has a right to say “hey, not so much… let me tell you why” with out feeling like their opinion and natural reaction is wrong or invalid (just like I’m getting to opportunity to do here).

    I don’t think a censor is the answer- almost anything will simultaneously have a positive and negative consequences- but rather a willingness to evolve, debate ideas, respect yourself and others, and of course the ability to laugh at yourself will assist in making the answer clearer. Take for example my all time favorite, Ellen, and it’s easy to understand why her type of comedy is so popular…

  4. Your comments definitely make sense…and I find myself agreeing with most of it. 🙂

    I think I understand your distinction between making fun of oneself vs. being made fun of. But in the end, it is “all” within the skit…so I tend to laugh at all of it, understanding that it is within the realm of bashing the stereotype by laughing about it.

    In the end there never will be, as you mention, a way to censor anything. People will continue to get offended when some bit of comedy happens to strike them in a particularly personal way. I’m sorry that this one seemed that way to you. But trust me… of no one would ever say anything even resembling that nonsense to you.

    However, if you happen to wear a red and white striped moo moo with a pointy hat topped with a miniature flag, than I reserve the right to joke about the outfit. Ha. And I hope you would do the same to me. 🙂

  5. I don’t think I have a moo moo in my wardrobe, but I do remember some sweet dance costumes I have laying around…

    In fact, I think you may have seen a picture one of those 🙂

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