Plus-size blogger calls out TV company who asked her to lose weight
Lottie L’Amour is a plus-size blogger known for promoting body positivity to her vast social media following.
So she was pretty annoyed to find an email from a TV production company asking her to take part in a new weight loss series.
UK production company Twofour asked the 29-year-old to try out new diets as part of an upcoming ITV show called ‘Save Money, Good Health’.
In the email, the producer said they were looking for people who would “like to lose weight.”
Fuck the furthest of offs you could possibly go. pic.twitter.com/STVFzwMGu3
— Lottie L’Amour ????✨ (@Lottie_Lamour) June 24, 2017
Of course, L’Amour was outraged that someone had assumed her plus-size figure meant she was a candidate for a weight loss programme.
She sent a sassy response back, beginning: “First of all, my name is Lottie, not Gloria – excellent attention to detail.”
“Second of all, clearly you haven’t read my blog – I don’t want to go on a faddy show about diet culture. I believe that women can feel good in whatever skin they are in and that diet culture is a money-making scheme that hinges on making people feel terrible about who they are.”
She went on to say how it was “disgusting that you’ve obviously gone looking for plus-size bloggers thinking you will find fat women that would want to lose weight. We are not easy prey for diet culture.”
•C A R E F R E E• TW: weight loss chat. If you follow me on twitter, you’ve probably seen an email that was sent to me (and a few other plus size babes) asking me to go on a show about weight loss. It was so obvious that this researcher had just gone looking for plus size bloggers, assuming that because we are fat, we automatically want to lose weight. @terribletumbles tweeted earlier on in the week that “it’s okay to love your body when it’s fat for no other reason than it’s fat” and that is SO IMPORTANT. Not all fat women want to lose weight just as not all fat women want to stay the weight they are. Assuming that because we are fat we must want to lose weight is piss poor. We don’t have to be a before photo all the time – our bodies deserve to be visible without assumption that we are working to get thinner. Some of us aren’t, some of us are working to love the skin we are in because we are deserving of it. My body is beautiful, and so is yours – in whatever state of weight loss or not. ????????✨
A post shared by Lottie L’amour (@lottielamour) on Jun 25, 2017 at 3:46am PDT
L’Amour later posted a follow-up on Instagram, saying it was “obvious” the researcher had targeted plus-size bloggers because of the assumption that they “automatically want to lose weight.”
“Some of us aren’t, some of us are working to love the skin we are in because we are deserving of it. My body is beautiful, and so is yours – in whatever state of weight loss or not.”
Turns out Twofour have since apologised to the blogger for causing offence, writing: “One of the reasons we got in touch with you is because you have a voice and are not afraid of speaking your mind.”
It’s a little too late as the plus-size community are already looking to boycott the company.
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