May 7, 2012 |
Meow, the fat cat whose 39-pound girth helped raise awareness about obesity in pets, has died of lung failure. The orange-and-white tabby was turned in to the Santa Fe, N.M., animal shelter last month and quickly made international headlines. At first, his story was played for laughs: The 2-year-old cat apparently favored hot dogs, and was so fat that he got stuck inside things. He barely fit into his animal carrier, and was likened to Puss in Boots from the "Shrek" movies. But Meow's weight underscored a growing problem: Pets in America are getting fatter -- just like their owners -- and all that extra weight can hasten death.
September 20, 2010 |
"Mike & Molly," which premieres Monday on CBS, is a situation comedy about fat people in love, or will be, as soon as the leads have the time to get together. Fat people. In love. This is the Big Idea that animates this show, which under that padding plays most profitably as a simple, sweet romance between a pair of shy Chicagoans. Billy Gardell plays police officer Mike, Melissa McCarthy fourth-grade teacher Molly and, as is the custom in these things, they come packing comic foils: his mouthy friend and partner (Reno Wilson)
July 2, 2002
"Shallow Hal" was meant to be funny but enraged some moviegoers who felt its message about the importance of inner beauty was obscured by a lot of tread-worn fat jokes. The film, with Jack Black in the title role, arrives in video stores today.
November 17, 2001 |
When Marilyn Wann went to see "Shallow Hal" last weekend in San Francisco, she noticed two things. One, the theater was packed. And two, it was packed with thin people. After she saw the comedy, Wann said she understood why. Although the movie purports to celebrate an obese woman's inner beauty, she said it actually feeds on recycled fat jokes and perpetuates the last culturally accepted stereotype: that fat women are pathetic, ugly and safe targets for humor.
June 30, 2001
Regarding the commentary by Carla Kucinski lamenting the increased use of "fat suits" by actors and comedians ("Hollywood Beefs Up for a Good Laugh," June 27): If any obese people are upset by the humor generated by actors in fat costumes, they should either develop thicker skins or eat less and exercise more. Forgive my callous attitude, but as a short man (5-feet-4), I have always had to put up with Hollywood's endless stereotyping of short men as either buffoons or psychos. From the torrent of short jokes in movies like "Shrek" to a TV show like "ER," in which each male character's level of decency and competency corresponds directly to how tall he is (if you've never noticed this, pay attention the next time you watch)
March 31, 1998 |
After Utah and its 300 plus-pound Coach Rick Majerus made the NCAA tournament title game, the Runnin' Utes fans rolled out the red carpet and the media rolled out the fat jokes. This year's NCAA men's basketball championship features a matchup of tubby versus Tubby, Kentucky Coach Tubby Smith who got his nickname because he liked to spend a lot of time in the bathtub as a boy.