Hasselbeck, a conservative who often riled liberal co-hosts on “The View,” led the debate on today’s (Feb. 6) show.
Joining her were Emme, aka Melissa Aronson, a size-14 plus-size model, and Meme Roth, a self-described obesity expert, according to Media Matters for America, a non-profit media watchdog group that sniffs out conservative bias in the news media.
Jewel Moore’s Change.org Petition to DisneyI’m a Junior in high school named Jewel. I made this petition because I’m a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positivie plus-size character in the media.
Studies show that a child’s confidence correlates greatly with how much representation they have in the media. It’s extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media. If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard.
Disney films are highly influential and wide-spread, and they impact the lives of many children, especially girls. It would be revolutionary for Disney to show support to a group of girls who are otherwise horrendously bullied by the media. It would make many young girls feel confident and worthy to see a strong character that looks like them. This move on Disney’s part would have an amazing positive ripple effect in people all around the world.
To sign her petition, click here.
“Move over Cinderella. Disney under pressure to create a plus-size princess. Should they? We’re going to debate that,” Hasselbeck announced.
Roth chimed in that an Oprah-sized Disney princess would “glorify obesity.”
The segment was sparked by Moore’s petition on the Web Site Change.org, calling on Disney to create the character as a role model for “women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media.”
“Studies show that a child’s confidence correlates greatly with how much representation they have in the media. It’s extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media,” the high-school junior wrote on her petition.
So far her request has been signed by nearly 23,000 supporters.
Of course, Moore’s petition is one of many on the site. You would think Fox might tackle some of the more weighty issues, like a petitiont to “pay reparations to victims of the Holocaust.”
Or even a petition to make Girl Scout cookies without genetically modified ingredients. But…no.
“If you’re going to do a story-line with obesity, then you need to do Princess Diabetes, Princess Cancer, Princess Fertility Problems,” shouted Roth, who was clearly the cat’s paw in this debate.
Hasselbeck asked if “plus-size” meant “fat.”
“It’s unhealthy,” Roth shot back. “If you like cancer and diabetes, if you want fertility problems, then plus-size is beautiful.”
According to Jess Levin, a Media Matters spokesman, presenting Roth as an expert on body-image issues is “merely a continuation of Fox & Friends’ complicity with body-shaming,”
“Fox treated Roth’s invective as credible. As she ranted against Emme, a proponent of the petition, an on-screen graphic wondered, ‘Who’s right?'” Levin noted in a statement.
Roth is anything but unbiased, of course. She heads a group called National Action Against Obesity, and says on her blog she’s reporting from ” FATOPOLIS.”
In some of her blog posts, she’s compared obese people to sex criminals and advocated for nutrition plans that sound a lot like anorexia, Levin said.