“My Big Fat Fabulous Life” presented a very busy episode during “Whitney Gets a Date”, and the least remarkable thing about it was the actual date. We got Whitney at her finest when explaining her philosophy about a dating profile.
Her decision to use bathing suit photos along with shots of her fully clothed was a bit of a surprise to us, even to her pal Tal. He even had to coax her to use non-bathing suit photos. This is what the show used to be about all the time; a woman coming to terms with her size and refusing to apologize or hide.
Bingo! She got a date request almost immediately. She spoke to Nathan while she was getting a new tattoo and within days they were on the date. While it didn’t stir any passion on her end, and it looks like there’s a lot about his life she has yet to learn, she gave him props for everything. Nathan was polite, talkative, dressed nicely and brought a bouquet of flowers. He’s back next week to reveal even more info about himself.
The talk Whitney had with Mattie while getting her hair styled for the date was one for the ages. Mattie asked her about so-called “chubby chasers”:
“I want you to find my fat beautiful, ’cause that’s what I have to offer you. For the longest time I didn’t, because I didn’t want to be fat. I didn’t want you to like the fat because I didn’t want to admit that I was fat.”
This is the essence of the show. Whitney Thore chose to engage in life, including romance after years of self-loathing and hiding. It’s her liberation from fat shame, which she not only refuses to engage in, but dares you to speak of to her face.
The rest of “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” was spent doing precisely that. Whitney and Buddy did get ready and compete in the Cross-Fit charity event, Barbells for Boobs, to benefit the fight against breast cancer. Will had omitted important info about what the pair would have to do, and it was a good thing he did. The team of Whitney and Buddy cut 30% off the expected time they were given to complete the running, lifting and strength training categories.
Then there was the dance battle revelation. When Whitney got to the radio station one morning she found the score sheets on someone’s desk and went a bit off the rails. Two of the three judges scored Big Girls Dance Class higher than Jiya’s Trophy Wives team.
But the ultimate scores were not based on how many judges picked one team to win. It was done on the basis of scoring all the elements of the routines. The third judge gave Whitney and team such low scores that when tabulated in that way, Jiya’s ladies came out ahead.
Should Whitney demand a do-over? We know she wants to, but should she actually do it? She’s so competitive that she believes if given a level playing field (agreed to rules up front) she will triumph. The team is ready to go again, so perhaps it’s foolish to question it. With the public learning about the scores, via the radio show, it should lessen the embarrassment of taking the loss. But, that’s not good enough for Whitney.
“My Big Fat Fabulous Life” airs Tuesday nights on TLC beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT Image credit: TLC, used with permission