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Louis CK, I Love You With All of My Big Fat Heart

My husband left me a message last night because he knew I was getting up before him, telling me to watch the new episode of Louie because it was written just for my blog. In it, Louie is romantically pursued by a fat lady played by the amazing Sarah Baker. At one point, she mentions that she’s fat, and he interrupts her to kindly point out that she isn’t actually fat.

Bad move, Louie.

This is precisely the type of writing which makes Louie an amazing show and shows that Louis CK has an important voice that I hope never stops talking. To see someone like me portrayed honestly, sympathetically, with strength and self-possession… it’s awe inspiring.

I’ve read commentary about this episode regarding feminism, and how fat women want more and deserve more than what Vanessa is asking for, and that settling for hand-holding is inherently a problem and muddles the message. I don’t see it that way. This is exposure, IMPORTANT exposure highlighting the double standards faced by fat women in society. It portrays a fat woman as more than just a comic foil, idiot-slob, or motherly figure. It TALKS about the issue, rather than ignoring it.

It made me feel heard. Respected. Represented. Not so alone.

4 comments on “Louis CK, I Love You With All of My Big Fat Heart

  1. tlcoles
    May 13, 2014

    Nice clip! And if you read the comments on Vulture you’ll see that many agree with you that Vanessa was portrayed on target: both angry and vulnerable, both disgusted with the double standard and craving “normalcy.”

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    • Shiloh Marie
      May 14, 2014

      I read the comments about half of the time because my threshold for the inevitable fuckery is only so high.

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      • tlcoles
        May 14, 2014

        I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to comments. I’m glad these were the exception!

        Like

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