If Only Someone Would Make This Film for Realz

Meredith at io9 reports:
In a desperate attempt to stay relevant, director Uwe Boll is making a ridiculously offensive fatsploitation movie called Blubberella. "She will kick major ass - with her major ass."

...Boll is doing what he does best — pathetically poking the masses hoping to generate an angry, free PR machine. But the honest-to-goodness truth is that this film will most likely be so wretched (both in theory and in execution) that hopefully it will just die out on its own, in development hell. Until then, we're bracing ourselves for a barrage of classless jokes about weight from the house of Boll. What do you all think? Does Blubberella make you angry, or just sad once you find out who's attached to direct?
Honestly, I'm just disappointed by another iteration of treating the idea of a fat female superhero as so thoroughly absurd and wildly implausible that it could never be anything but a punchline.

You want incomparable courage and legendary fortitude? I got your courage and fortitude right here: It remains a radical act to be a fat and happy woman in America. If you're fat, you're not only meant to be unhappy, but deeply ashamed of yourself, projecting at all times an apologetic nature, indicative of your everlasting remorse for having wrought your monstrous self upon the world. You are certainly not meant to be bold, or assertive, or confident—and should you manage to overcome the constant drumbeat of messages that you are ugly and unsexy and have earned equally society's disdain and your own self-hatred, should you forget your place and walk into the world one day with your head held high, you are to be reminded by the cow-calls and contemptuous looks of perfect strangers that you are not supposed to have self-esteem; you don't deserve it. Being publicly fat and happy is hard; being publicly, shamelessly, unshakably fat and happy is an act of both will and bravery.

Yeah, what a hilariously improbable idea that a fat woman could be a superhero, when she requires supernatural strength just to get through every goddamn day.

[H/T to Shaker Erin W.]

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