And the winner for Most Scornful Quotation Marks In A Title goes to…!
A new Scooby-Doo movie came out on Tuesday: “Scooby-Doo: Frankencreepy,” in which the gang investigates a haunted house and are cursed to lose “that which they hold most dear.”
For Daphne, that means losing her good looks:
There’s a lot wrong here, so let’s break it down.
1. Being fat isn’t a punishment. The average American woman is size 12-14. Plus-size clothing starts at size 12. Odds are good that you, your mom, your sister, your friends – not to mention many thousands of the women purchasing the Scooby-Doo movie for their kids – are size 8 or more. Life goes on! Unless you’re watching a movie with your kids and suddenly a character is horrifically cursed to look like…well, like an average woman.
2. Nor is being fat hideous. The worst thing Daphne can imagine happening to her is losing her good looks – so the movie gives her extra weight and frizzy hair? Why not, I don’t know, making her sprout a third eye, or tentacles, or turn green, or have her limbs be reversed, or dissolve into shapeless goo? It’s not bad or wrong to be a size 8, and for Scooby-Doo to equate it with ugliness is incredibly hurtful and damaging.
3. That’s supposed to be what size 8 looks like? On their scale, a size 20 woman is apparently the size of the Moon. The age demographic watching Scooby-Doo probably isn’t paying too much attention to the number on their clothing labels just yet, but they will soon, and when they try on size 8 clothing, guess what image is probably going to come to mind. Good job, Warner Brothers! You’ve found another way to introduce fat phobia to kids. I hope you’re pleased with yourselves.