‘Horrible’ words driving TV viewers mad
A new TV show featuring plus-sized woman and their "normal"-sized male partners has sparked social media outrage, with viewers slamming the "gross" way it treated its subjects.
Adverts for US reality show Hot And Heavy, which will air overseas on TLC from January 7, appeared on social media this week and almost immediately attracted criticism for its description of "mixed-weight" couples.
"For these couples, love knows no size. See the highs and lows of their mixed-weight relationships on the series premiere of #HotandHeavy," a description of a video preview shared to Twitter read.
In the trailer three couples - Joy and Chris, Kristin and Rusty, and Adrianna and Ricardo - all appear to deal with issues in their relationship related to the women's sizes.
The outrage online was swift, with people quick to claim it was unfair that only plus-sized women were featured.
Let me tell you what we’re not going to do. This. At all. https://t.co/BBaZFrUmJI— Evette Dionne 🏁 (@freeblackgirl) December 11, 2019
Of course, only the women are heavier.— Emily McCarty (@emjmccarty) December 11, 2019
Let's retitle, "How Can Men Possibly Love Fat Women?"
pls delete this tweet and then delete the show.— Professor Healing (@sivgreyson) December 11, 2019
This is not okay and that title is horrible.— Lil’Aaron (@CVNubiana) December 11, 2019
Others objected to the use of "mixed-size" couples because since when was that even a term people used?
I want “mixed-weight” to die a fiery death. because overwhelmingly this is applied to fat women in relationships with less fat or thin men.— Shantel G. Buggs, Ph.D. (@sgbuggs) December 11, 2019
meanwhile pop culture has been giving us fat men with thin wives as a norm for like every comedy sitcom or romcom?!? https://t.co/2zBUic3Mdb
TLC, the US cable network behind the show, is yet to respond to the criticism, but it's not the first time the network's offerings have been controversial.
The network is also the brains behind My 600-lb Life, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.