Comedian Louie CK has a talent for presenting issues without really sugar-coating them in his popular FX comedy, Louie. On the Monday night episode of his semi-fictional show, our intrepid main character goes on a date with a waitress named Vanessa. She'd be perfect for him—she's sharp, funny, and takes no prisoners—except for one tiny wrinkle: she's overweight.
In a monologue (featured in the video above), Vanessa (played by Sarah Baker) gives Louie a thorough set down after he tells her “she's not fat.” Baker goes on to say:
You’re truly a good guy, I think — so, sorry. I’m picking you. On behalf of all the fat girls, I’m making you represent all the guys. Why do you hate us so much? What is it about the basics of human happiness – you know, feeling attractive, feeling loved, having guys chase after us – that’s just not in the cards for us? Nope, not for us.
This speech has sparked a debate of how plus-sized characters are portrayed in popular media. A few months ago, we had a our own debate over whether a plus-sized heroines could actually be a trope—the jury is still out—but, either way, the plus-sized heroine is a favorite in the romance community. How do you think plus-sized characters are treated differently in the romance community compared to mainstream media? What do you think of Vanessa the Waitress's monologue?