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to be a bit uneasy at the concept of new E4 show "my mad fat diary?"

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If the trailers are anything to go by, its about a 16 year old who is FAT and feels she doesnt fit in or isnt normal. Oh and did I mention shes FAT.

WTAF has being fat got to do with it. Plenty of people feel like they dont fit in. Especially teenagers. And since when is being fat "mad"?

I really do not understand what message they are trying to put across. And yes I probably should watch it before I comment, but the trailers are making me cross. Since when is it ok to promote that fat people should try to be more normal?

And I hate the word FAT. AIBU? Or do other people feel the same?

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 00:22:39

Yes the words 'nut house' were definitely mentioned in the two trailers I saw.

It is mentioned in the first few sentences of the advert.

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 13-Jan-13 00:23:27

I think this show seems to be controversial in the trailers, but I'm hoping it could be one of those groundbreaking type series that Channel 4 do seem to do so brilliantly, and can show issues that no other broadcaster can be arsed to tackle.
I'm thinking Queer as Folk and the early episodes of Shameless.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

"Just dont watch it."

Or come on to a chat forum and find out others opinions and educate myself? No?

frootshoots Sun 13-Jan-13 00:25:46

There's a shortened trailer where it isn't mentioned, but for a while after it was first aired the words nut house were definitely used in it, "I'm 16, 16 stone and have just spent 6 months in a nut house" or something along those lines.

To be fair I didn't know it was based on true events until DH of all people told me a couple of weeks ago. Probably still wouldn't know if he hasn't mentioned it, not from the trailer alone.

WorraLiberty Sun 13-Jan-13 00:28:51

I was thinking the same LBE and 'Skins' sprang to mind too...or at least the earlier series'.

BreconBeBuggered Sun 13-Jan-13 00:47:15

Love the book it's based on and don't understand why the adaptation has been set in the 90s. Being a bigger teenager was that bit rarer in the 80s when the diaries were written, which would have made the writer feel more conspicuous amongst her slimmer friends. I'll be interested to see why the era has been changed. The reason for the 'madness' isn't spelt our explicitly in the book.

I hope I'll like it. I usually watch book adaptations moaning that they're not right all the way through. I've already started with 'Those aren't their names!' <tedious viewing companion>

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 13-Jan-13 01:20:41

YABU - as other's have said they are based on the diaries of a real writer and fat doesn't equal mad. She spent time in a psychiatric hospital as is clearly stated in the longer advert.

Also pom the girl is clearly overweight. Nothin to do with media manipulation of perceptions,it's a fact that she is over weight. She's playing someone who is meant to be 16 stone! She'd have to close to that,they can hardly trot out a an 8 stone waif to play the part can they? confused

Not sure who mentioned the names but I thought the very much not names of the average teens in the 1990's.

I have been thinking, and tbh, the fact that its an adaption of diaries doesnt make the trailers any less insulting or worrying.

If someone came on here and started telling everyone they had been in a nuthouse and they are fat and have to try to act normal, people would be genuinely worried about them. It wouldnt be seen as tongue in cheek at all.

Why is it acceptable on E4?

cheddarcheeselover Sun 13-Jan-13 01:47:06

I think we are meant to be worried about her! Even in th worst situations there can always be found comedy though.

Booyhoo Sun 13-Jan-13 01:55:01

actually the ad uses the word 'madhouse' not nuthouse.

OP there are i think 3 trailers for this ad and i agree that seeing just 1 of them left me a bit confused about what the point of the show was until i had seen all 3 trailers.

i dont think teh show looks any good at all but i haven't read the book and intend to watch it to see what it is all about.

as an aside, i think e4 have been lurking on MN. a few weeks ago i posted on a thread saying that it looked rubbish and that the line saying "i wnat to find out if there really are any cool people in lincolnshire" was stupid. i have noticed the absence of this trailer on e4 since then! grin <claiming credit>

grin I would love to know if they do lurk!

Booyhoo Sun 13-Jan-13 01:59:40

oh wannabe, i just realised you are the OP. i'm not stalking you! honest! grin

Haha I didnt even realise grin

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 13-Jan-13 02:06:18

Maybe we should all just wait till the programme is aired before we judge, eh?

Booyhoo Sun 13-Jan-13 02:10:51

i think it's ok to judge the trailers as we have seen those. the trailers dont give me much hope for the show. but as i said, i intend to watch it. but yes, the trailers i judge as shit.

They have released trailers with, presumably, the message they want to put out. So I will judge them.

And like I said before, a person shouldnt have to know the programme is a true story in order to understand the trailers.

thatisall Sun 13-Jan-13 02:31:57

Trust me the hurl who plays the main character is a strong woman who would make a great role model for teens everywhere, regardless of her weight.
The tale is one of a girl who struggles through her teens and spends time in an institution. I believe the 'fat' situation is something she feels upon often, this being part of the title.
Perhaps people should watch a show before they deem it distasteful no? Or are we just banning the word fat or the right to use ones weight as a form of comedy? It's been down for years!!

TinyDancingHoofer Sun 13-Jan-13 02:35:51

Isn't the point that she isn't mad or fat? But that is how a lot of young girls see themselves.

Booyhoo Sun 13-Jan-13 02:42:34

i recognise the girl but i cant think what i've seen her in. does anyone know what else she has acted in?

cheddarcheeselover Sun 13-Jan-13 02:42:42

or maybe she's mad and fat but it doesn't matter, she's still awesome!
who knows, we'll have to watch and find out grin

thatisall Sun 13-Jan-13 02:45:29

She's a Glaswegian stand up comic

Loveweekends10 Sun 13-Jan-13 04:56:42

And ugly Betty was....

I hated the concept ot Ugly Betty too. America Fererra is vvere ugly.

Is beautiful rather. Dont know what went on there.

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