All in Commentary
Of course, rom-coms are in the business of making people sigh to themselves, “I wish I had that.” But underneath the sugar-spun exterior, there’s a distinct authenticity that every really good romantic comedy needs to have in order to work.
The best romantic comedies preach that even when we are at our most genuine, it’s possible for us to be loved for who we are. Our truest selves are capable of being understood. That’s not fantasy. That’s vulnerability.
Do I have to say it? Why couldn’t Patty be any of those things when she was fat? The show shows Patty’s life when she was fat as just a perpetual “before.” It’s as if her entire life prior to being skinny was caught up in being fat. The show doesn’t allow her a real personality or interests, everything is revolved around her weight. The audience is supposed to believe that she’s unlikable and uninteresting simply because she’s fat.
Guess what! You can be fat AND happy. You can be fat AND pretty. You can be fat AND popular, and social, and wear crop tops. Your life doesn’t start at skinny.
These are characters who discovered their sexuality on screen or who have always been comfortable with who they’ve been; characters who find pride in who they are, even if it takes some time; characters who find love; characters who find acceptance from those who matter most, including themselves; characters whose sexuality is a part of who they are but is not their defining trait; and characters who received the happy ending they deserve.
Steps have been taken in the right direction in recent years to showcase the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals and their relationships on television, in movies, and in books, and the list that follows is some of the characters who are leading the charge.