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.