Monday, April 03, 2006
Shallow Hal is one of those films that I caught bits of here and there, but never saw the whole thing. Well, I just watched it all the way through.
Speaking as someone who has been big (tall, bigboned and overweight - d'uh, see photo!) all her life - I found Shallow Hal to be patronising in the extreme. I know the Farrelly Brothers meant well - but Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit is still Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit.
I know I am big (I was big as a child), I am the product of tall, well-built parents. I also know I am nice (or try to be). But I still see people's faces. Especially now I am older and 'cute' just doesn't hack it. So - anyway, I finished the film and was feeling particularly bitter.....
As I have been over the last couple of days, I popped in to see Genuine. See how the numbers are stacking up and how the dollar total is rising.....
WOW! Bloggers uniting have so far reached a staggering 211 comments in the 'Tears in Heaven' post! That's $211 Genuine is gonna donate to the Ben Steadman plaque. I emailed him yesterday about the rising total - and he was thrilled! Today his answer was 'excellent!'
[checks tally] - $212! still it keeps rising!
And I am humbled. I was feeling so sorry for myself but what on earth is the matter with me! I have my life and my health. Genuine's family and the Steadman's are going through hell and I am worried about my LOOKS!! Jesus!
Maybe I'm not such a nice person after all. I look to people like Genuine, who are giants among men, and I feel small - and shallow..........like Hal.
$213 - soon we will match the price of the plaque with money left over!