Have any of you been watching the latest season of the Real World that takes place in Washington D.C.? I catch a little bit here and there when I am vegging out and nothing else is on. Today I watched the most recent episode online and most of the episode centered around body image and weight. Pretty much all the girls mentioned that they have struggled or do struggle with body image issues. In recent seasons, it seems like there hasn’t been much emphasis on the issue. Past seasons touched on the issue because cast members were struggling with eating disorders during the show.
The issue came to a head when a male cast member (Ty?) made a comment under his breath that his roommate, Callie, was not skinny enough to be in Playboy. Seriously?! Even if you don’t have body image issues, that would be upsetting. Not to mention totally uncalled for. His defense was that it was the truth and he wasn’t going to pretend like she looked like a Playboy model. How bout just keeping your mouth shut?! Thew result was Callie thinking she was fat. This girl is the “fat girl” in the house:
Ridiculous, right? And it doesn’t help that the other girls all walk around the house preaching, “No I am so fat!” These girls all need to read and write some Operation Beautiful notes and END THE FAT TALK. I know it is easier said than done, but I just think about the young girls watching and what they are thinking. I hope they know The Real World show is much different than the real real world and those girls don’t necessarily represent real women.
Thoughts? And I mean thoughts on the issue, not the embarrassing fact that I was actually WATCHING the Real World. Trust me, I know it’s lame!
How Real Is the Real World?