Dove slams The Whale for using fat suit instead of actor
Have you seen The Whale?
Skincare brand Dove has taken a stand against the Academy Awards after The Whale bagged the gong for best hair and makeup.
The film features Brendan Fraser as a morbidly obese English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter Ellie, played by Sadie Sink.
Fraser wears a prosthetic suit in the film, which he has compared to a “straight jacket” that added up to 300 pounds of weight.
Stop giving fat suits awards ‼️ We want better representation in Hollywood. #LetsChangeBeauty
— Dove (@Dove) March 13, 2023
Another user said: “So disappointing that The Whale won the Oscar for the best hair and makeup.”
They added: “Fat suits are harmful – they are not your opportunity to win awards. Our identity is not your costume. Cast fat actors to play fat characters.”
Many people expressed their disappointment following the film's Oscar wins.
One social media user said: “The Oscar for best makeup going to the construction of a fat suit on The Whale is blatantly disrespectful. And to blast this specific image of a fake fat body on display behind the award is inconceivable.”
Another Twitter user also commented: “I don’t appreciate that the makeup team who created a fat suit just won an Oscar and that is because we need to have better stories with fat actors and not thinner actors in fat suits.”
A lot of people are upset about The Whale winning for Best Makeup because of the fat suit. As an actual fat person, my apprehension about the fat suit dissolved as I watched more interviews with Brendan regarding the fat suit. pic.twitter.com/B6NfWZ9gyf
— Ginger👻 (@ginger_snxp) March 14, 2023
Brendan Fraser tried to put weight on for this role.
However, one user revealed their point of view on the issue had changed after watching lead actor Brendan Fraser’s interview with Adam Sandler for Variety, where he discussed why he donned the suit.
“It’s important to say this because there are those who live with this disease,” he said.
Fraser said he was empowered by people with "this disease".
He also said he tried to put on weight for this part, but it wasn't enough.
“I felt empowered to be their voice and to be as honest as I could and as authentic as I could in the portrayal. Look, my weight has been all over the map.”
Fraser continued: “I put on weight to play this role, and it wasn’t enough.
"The body had to go on top of that, and the two worked together.”
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