Have you all heard about the controversy over ABC and FOX banning the Lane Bryant lingerie commercial? I wasn't going to post about this but I decided what the hell? I have never been one to keep my opinions to myself. Here is the commercial in question:
A little risque? Sure. Any more so than a Victoria's Secret ad? Ummm...NO! Lane Bryant wanted to purchase ad time during Dancing With The Stars and ABC refused. Because the woman of DWTS are so covered up?
To me, this whole controversy is just one more example of how size discrimination seems to be the last acceptable form of discrimination in this country. It is OK to make fun of larger people. It is OK to make fun of bigger people. It is OK for bigger people to be passed over for jobs and promotions. The list goes on and on.
You know what, America? IT IS NOT OK!!! There is nothing OK about it. Maybe I get a little more worked up over something like this because I am plus-sized. And I know people laugh at me and talk about me behind my back. And I know there are people that won't have anything to do with me simply because of my size. Many people won't even look me in the eye for fear they are going to catch fat-itis or something! I certainly don't have the confidence to prance around in my lingerie (well, for anyone but my husband!). But the model in that ad is gorgeous! She is a REAL woman, not like those toothpick pre-pubescents you see on fashion runways.
I know there are some people that will say that a commercial like this shouldn't air when kids can see it. Victoria's Secret commercials air early. Heck, soap operas that are one during the day show a hell of a lot more than tis commercial.
I think the reason it was banned is clear: network TV is not ready to show REAL people. Size discrimination is obviously alive and well at ABC and FOX. I wonder how long it will take the other networks to follow suit...?