Very cool news: There’s a new version of the Weight Watchers commercial that I blogged about. More on that in a minute…
A lot of people disliked what I wrote. Some felt that I mischaracterized Jennifer Hudson and the commercial – asserting that the commercial was about weight loss and that I took it out of context. I think that those are very salient points. I freely admit that I view the world through my filter and that I may have mischaracterized Jennifer Hudson and the commercial because I see them through that filter. I could be wrong.
That being said, I stand by my interpretation. I think that saying “before weight watchers my world was can’t” is absolutely including all past accomplishments under the umbrella of “can’t”. Otherwise, I would expect that you would specify which parts of your world were can’t. If I am wrong and I mischaracterized her then I sincerely apologize.
Some of the criticism was less… oh, let’s just say it was less salient. Some just called me names and I was accused of being the cause of the “obesity epidemic”. I suppose I appreciate the sentiment and with me wielding that kind of power be prepared for a self-esteem and positive body image epidemic because it’s on the way…
Many people accused me of being angry that she lost weight. That one pissed me off because I thought that I was pretty clear that my problem wasn’t with the weight loss, but with what I perceived to be a revisionist history of discounting her past achievements to sell a weight loss product using shame, guilt and fear to sell the idea that no matter what you accomplish, you’re never truly successful until you’re thin.
At any rate, there is now a new version of the commercial. In it, Jennifer Hudson opens by saying “When it came to losing weight before Weight Watchers, my world was can’t”.
Thank you, that’s all I wanted.
I don’t know why or when they did it, but if my work played even the tiniest part in it, I’m overjoyed. Hell, if my work played absolutely NO part in it, I’m still overjoyed.
People got so involved with defending Jennifer Hudson (and I feel that she deserved to be defended) and calling me names (that part seemed less necessary) that I think a lot of them missed the point of the blog so I’ll re-state it here:
Your life does not start 10 or 20 or 50 pounds from now. Your life has already started. You will never get this time back, this day, this moment, this week – they are all gone. If you want to waste the time you have left waiting to be smaller that’s your option. But if that’s how you’ve been living – are you maybe tired of that? You DO have a choice, a choice nobody can ever take away from you – you can live an amazing life right now.
The way I know that is because I do. At 5’4, 280 pounds I have a fantastic life. I am extremely healthy, I have great friends, I date, I am succeeding in dance – a world completely dominated by a culture of “thinner is better”. You can do it too. Even if you are trying to change the size of shape of your body, why not be happy and lead a fantastic life while you’re at it?
If you’re looking for a place to start, you might check out this post on Loving Your Body More in Three Simple Steps.
Note: No, I will not be posting links to the commercials here. This is not the place for diet commercials.