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I'm so angry I can't even take it!

post #1 of 21
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I was watching VH1 today, and they are having a new reality show called The Agency. http://www.tvrules.net/modules.php?n...ticle&sid=8239

Basically, it follows a modeling agency as it tries to book models for shows and photo shoots. Well, one of the agents had a model come in to see if she could book her. The girl couldn't have been more than 100lbs (45kg). The agent had the NERVE to call this girl a "fat cow". Are you kidding me? This is sending the WORST image to young women possible.

Can we please talk about this before my head explodes?
post #2 of 21
That is why I never watch programs like that they just annoy me too much
post #3 of 21
I actually saw the preview of that when that one woman called that young impressionable girl a fat cow...what was she a size 5 or 6 Geez
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bella713 View Post
I actually saw the preview of that when that one woman called that young impressionable girl a fat cow...what was she a size 5 or 6 Geez
I know! I can't believe that calling her a fat cow would even be acceptable.

If I said that at my job I'd be FIRED.
post #5 of 21
The easiest way to stop these types of programmes is to ignore them, the more you make a contraversity about them the more people watch them
Which isn't to say I don't wholeheartedly agree with your point of view
post #6 of 21
That is so sad.

Right now, seeing a program like that would just make me angry, but if I had seen that when I was a teenager, I'm sure it would have made me even more self-conscious about my appearance.
And that poor girl... I can't imagine what she's going through.

post #7 of 21
Yup, that is completely disgusting. Any young girl who wants to be a model (which quite frankly is going to be a large percentage of watchers), is going to take that to heart, and voila - more eating disorders....
post #8 of 21
This is just sickening, calling a 100 pound girl a "fat cow", I totally understand why you are so angry. It is sickening.
post #9 of 21
You know that ticks me off too.

If she did have weight issues, that would be one thing. However, since she probably has eating issues, that comment added to her poor self esteem.

And we wonder why most women are grossly overweight or anorexic.
post #10 of 21
I wish the whole fashion industry would look at what they are doing. But it is so much easier to design for a stick that a woman with normal, healthy curves.

I think that Spain had the right idea by having a minimum BMI consideration for these models.
post #11 of 21
I refuse to even acknowledge or watch crummy shows like that. That is NOT the type of image i want my nieces growing up having at all!!!! When my niece Taylor lived with me she used to get upset because she was tall (she's 12 and is taller than me (about 5' something.) she's a gorgeous girl, but she got frusterated because she was taller than everyone else. So i made a point- every single day- we'd both stand in front of the mirror before going to school/work and pick out 5 honest things we liked about ourself that day. I can't tell you how much that helped build both of our confidence. She still does this (which is great since she's at an akward age at the moment) and it has helped sooo much. She definitely has a healthy body image about herself and understands that things such as that tv show are not what true beauty is about. If i have have children of my own, i will do the same thing with them. I'd like for our children to concentrate on the positives and be happy with themselves.....not grow up thinking they're not good enough, or they just need to loose 5 more pounds to look perfect! Come on people! That's not what beauty is all about! I agree with you heather- shows like that make me disghusted. That's exactly why i won't give them the time of day.
post #12 of 21
Have they forgotten about the Brazilian model who recently died of anorexia????

post #13 of 21
that is so horrible! and its reasons like that why, despite being asked by several places i never did go into modeling myself. i know one of the agents asking me was like "but we would like you to lose some weight" ecuse me? at the time i was at about 110 and i am 5 foot 7, i have always had trouble keeping weight on because i am active with a high metabolism. argh. i told them all to stuff it.
post #14 of 21
That kind of thing makes me mad too as it's so irresponsible, but I hate the flip side of that too. I hate it when thin people are ridiculed and laughed at being called stick insects etc. I think it's always unacceptable to call people names based on their body size or shape. Some people are too thin (either through genuine eating disorders, medical problems such as overactive thyroid or through pressure to diet) and some people are too fat. I hate the current trend for magazines to criticise those who are very thin (while on the next page they have a diet plan to help readers lose 10lbs in 10 days) and worry for my 15 year old niece who's very skinny. She eats loads and is healthy - that's just her natural body shape - but I worry about her reading all these headlines that poke fun at skinny celebs and say they are unattractive. To me that's no better than calling someone who's overweight a fat cow. The general preoccupation with body size in general is worrying as it encourages people (esp young people) to obsess about their body and whether it's too fat or too thin. I really wish the media would just stop talking about the whole issue!
post #15 of 21


I know some people naturally skinny and some naturally curvy and I hate how they are pretty much all bashed in these magazines. The diets are ridiculous but so is the recipe for cookies on the next page. They want you to hate yourself.
post #16 of 21
...and just when I thought Tyra Banks was making a difference.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
You know that ticks me off too.

If she did have weight issues, that would be one thing. However, since she probably has eating issues, that comment added to her poor self esteem.

And we wonder why most women are grossly overweight or anorexic.
It shouldn't have mattered if she had weight issues or not noone should be talked to like that ever. And I think it sends a bad image to all young women and for that matter men because they get this standard of how women should look. And its horrible I personally think people are too preoccupied with how people look and they don't even seem to care whats in a person's heart anymore. And I personally think your actions are what make you look pretty or otherwise. But with these tv shows it stamps down efforts of people to change the way society pressures women.
post #18 of 21
If that show made you mad, have you watched "Flavor of Love" about Flavor Flave surrounding himself with a harem of young girls and then picking his favourite week by week. That show is not a show I would want a daughter or neice watching, in regards to building self-esteem as a woman.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Fred&Nermal View Post
If that show made you mad, have you watched "Flavor of Love" about Flavor Flave surrounding himself with a harem of young girls and then picking his favourite week by week. That show is not a show I would want a daughter or neice watching, in regards to building self-esteem as a woman.
post #20 of 21
I really wish some brave censors would start sticking NC-17 labels on stuff like that (strong language, sexual content). It might make producers think twice if they kept getting stuck in sucky slots because it couldn't be shown prime-time.

As long as people watch it (and they will) shows like this will get made.

It's clearly not ethical, but freedom of speech/expression is an important civil right - so handling issues like this without circumstribing the Bill of Rights is potentially difficult, and always fraught.
post #21 of 21
The media standards young girls have to look up to these day sis smurfing rediculous!

What ever happened to the days when women like Marilyn Monroe were sex symbols? Ya know, she was a size 12 and a bombshell in her day (and still is to many now) but do you know that these days any woman a size 12 or bigger, by industry standards, is a Plus size?!
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