Fat? You can’t possibly have a hot guy then.

15 Nov

Anyone else watch Criminal Minds last night? Right to the end?

In among the usual torture porn (of which this show gets more and more full of-it’s getting a little graphic for me. I’m beginning to understand why Mandy Patinkin left the show) wove a unsurprising story line, which I saw coming from a mile away.

Garcia, the resident kooky chubby smart girl, had a hot guy hit on her.

Ladies, you know where this is going, right?

So her little buddy, Morgan, tells her he must be a creep, and not to go out with him. At first she listens, but then she gets mad and does go out with him. Lo and behold, he’s a freak who shoots her.

I was spitting fire once I saw that the plot played it self out so predictably. Why is it that fat girls are never allowed to just have a normal relationship with a hot guy on TV? Why is that so hard to believe? Why are we always left thinking that a fat girl, a chubby girl will only get the “good” guy because he wants something of her. Why is fat always a fucking plot device?

What bothers me is that this was so transparent. You could see it coming from the first mention of this guy. Just once I’d like to see someone larger than the stick figures on the show get something good and normal, instead of nothing but a one dimensional character with no real life behind it.

I can’t wait to cut the cable off.

16 Responses to “Fat? You can’t possibly have a hot guy then.”

  1. Mogo November 15, 2007 at 9:24 am #

    let’s not get TOO drastic now…

  2. Netter November 15, 2007 at 10:09 am #

    gee, I was sad I missed the show last night, but not anymore. And it’s because they want fat people to go away in case we’re contagious. Media people are the most shallow.

  3. Jennifer November 15, 2007 at 10:11 am #

    Uh huh. I saw it coming too. I still remember in HIGHSCHOOL people were wondering what/why Glen was with me. Seriously. Pisses me off. Still. So many skinny bitches tried to steal him away. He happens to like curvey – thank fuck. LOL!

    And I soooo miss Mandy Patinkin. I’ve loved him forever, he has a freakish singing voice that I love/hate. But his personal website states that the show was going in a different direction that he envisioned. It’s pretty clear to me that the show is getting more graphic, I really loved the original premise, just dealing with the psychology part of the crime, now its gore for the sake of ratings.

  4. thordora November 15, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    Ahem sista. I miss the Mandy. Good for him for standing up for his principles. The show used to be interesting-now it’s just far too gratuitous for me.

  5. Gwen November 15, 2007 at 10:22 am #

    Ugh. That sounds annoying.

    “Muriel’s Wedding” had a fat girl who got a hot guy to like her, though, right? Maybe it makes me a dork, but I loved that movie and its cheesetastic Abba soundtrack.

    I swear that violence against women on TV is the new pornography. You can’t say “asshole” on prime time, but you can show a woman being cut to bits. What’s that about?

  6. radical mama November 15, 2007 at 10:47 am #

    Haven’t watched that show in a while. Remember the one where the adulteress is tied up and gets torn to shreds by dogs. That was the point where I couldn’t take it anymore.

    And I personally never thought Garcia was fat but your analysis is spot on. Meh.

  7. nell November 15, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    It’s so true. There was also an episode a few weeks ago (I think it was on Without a Trace) in which the “fat” girl (she was so not fat, chubby, maybe) got screwed over by a bunch of guys. I kept waiting for someone, anyone, on the show to tell her she wasn’t fat, that she was in fact really pretty, but no one did. Stupid TV.

  8. Kelly O November 15, 2007 at 11:44 am #

    YES, TOTALLY! But there are dozens of shows where the fat — and usually dumb and obnoxious — guy is married to someone hot and thin (and usually really bitchy or long-suffering). WTF? Why isn’t there a show about some fat girl married to a cast-off from Melrose Place?

    And while I’m being irritated, why is the fat guy always an asshole and/or a buffoon?

  9. Nat November 15, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    I stopped watching that show loooong ago. But I’ve seen that plot all kinds of times before. I grew up being a paranoid idiot, and ended up being a “player” just to avoid being played. Lucky for us, guys in real life usually dig a curvy chick…. 🙂

  10. Granny November 15, 2007 at 12:02 pm #

    I expected something to happen but not quite that extreme.

  11. Mogo November 15, 2007 at 12:51 pm #

    by the way, in case it wasn’t obvious, my earlier comment was in reference to cutting the cable off 😛

    as far as this goes, if Tony Soprano could get all those hot women then I’ll have to agree that we have a complete double standard on our hands here.

  12. Kathy November 15, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    First time watching Criminal Minds. I’m not usually a fan of crime dramas to begin with, and I doubt I’ll be watching again.

    And I soooo miss Mandy Patinkin. I’ve loved him forever, he has a freakish singing voice that I love/hate
    Oh lordy, I’ve had a secret crush on Mandy Patinkin for years.

  13. Hannah November 15, 2007 at 4:13 pm #

    Don’t watch Criminal Minds but can I just give a shout out to Mandy Patinkin from his Princess Bride days? “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die”. Brilliant.

  14. powerkis November 15, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    “Hairspray” fat girl / cool guy. Well anyway, interesting discussion. BTW I found you through “Salted Lithium”

  15. jhianna November 15, 2007 at 7:47 pm #

    Man, I quit watching Criminal Minds sometime in the first season except for random checks to get my Mandy Patinkin fix.

    But I loved Garcia. She totally should get a hot guy. Of course, my definition of hot usually doesn’t coincide with Hollywood anyway.

  16. thordora November 15, 2007 at 8:09 pm #

    John Waters doesn’t count. His sheer awesomeness puts him on another level entirely.

    Hairspray is one of my FAVORITE movies, out done only by Cry Baby. Pecker was pretty damn good too.

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