Yes, former cast member David Good tells The Huffington Post “I will be honest: The whole point of the show was to have the most eligible Bachelorette and Bachelor: beautiful, smart, educated, funny, all-around great. That was the purpose of the show. If you remember back in the beginning that was the point: to have the most eligible people, rich, funny, smart, good looking and disease free. That is what they are supposed to get, and having a fat person on there would take away that concept. I don’t think they would ever do that.”
Clearly Mr. Good lives in a bubble where plus size women and men are NOT rich, funny, smart, good looking and disease free. The sad part is that he is not alone in his thinking. I can remember when the “plus size version” of ‘The Bachelor’ came to television called “More To Love“. With millions of viewers watching they missed the mark on their very first episode. Why? The women were beautiful but they televised everyone’s weight as the bachelorettes were being seen for the very first time and this did not sit well with the viewers. Why make a show specifically for plus size people anyway? We don’t all date people that are plus size!
Contrary to what this man thinks, there are many plus size rich, disease free, smart, funny and good looking people; and may I add sexy and confident to that list? It just amazes me that in 2012 plus size people are still being treated as second class citizens. I will say it again, we are the last accepted prejudice. It’s still okay to send plus size people to the back of the store, separate us from the rest or not include us at all.
I’m not a fan of the show anyway, but I wonder how many plus size viewers will be switching the channel when the new season debuts. Maybe someone needed to get Mr. Good some media training.
Read The Huffington Post article here.
I will admit that I have never watched a single episode of The Bachelorette and that I’m probably in the minority because the show is wildly popular but it just never interested me. If a plus size cast was to emerge I might watch the season opener out of curiosity as I did with the plus size version of The Bachelor – More to Love.
David Good tells the Huffington Post