Monthly Archives: February 2012

“For many foodies in contemporary America, of course, the past has no pitfalls. For them, yesteryear is a land where everyone grew up instinctively knowing the difference between ‘real’ and ‘fake’ food—wisdom we seem to have lost. Recently this attitude has crystallized in a popular axiom echoed from the pages of Pollan’s FOOD RULES to the set of OPRAH: If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.

“It’s a simple, homey rule with immediate nostalgic appeal. I can even look past its questionable cultural assumptions. (My great-grandmother wouldn’t have recognized many of my favorite Ethiopian, Thai, and Mexican dishes as human food.) But, as I dug into the history of battles over bread, I realized that this whole nostalgic perspective had a bigger problem: What if Great-Grandmother was just as conflicted about food as we are?”

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, “What Would Great-Grandma Eat?”

Yes, they probably were talking about dicks, but I thought it was pretty easy to read an implict comment about weight and body size here. As the BRIDESMAIDS cast shorts awards bit started, the camera was catching the whole group from a high angle to the side of the stage. When Wiig started in with her “they say size doesn’t matter” intro, the camera was on the group, and McCarthy was still in the shot, close to the camera. I was confused at first, I thought, “Are they really doing this?”, until Rudolph went on about length, but then Wiig went on to talk about “heft”, and things got a little more ambivalent again. Anyway, I like to think that the BRIDESMAIDS group was giving a wink to body size; if not, I’ll still take it.



I have two observations. First, it might be the GLEE dress style, but note how the BRIDESMAIDS subjects have firmer bodily margins than their high-school age counterparts. Secondly and relatedly, the comparison between Amber Riley and Melissa McCarthy makes McCarthy’s photoshopping that much more obvious.