Dance Your Ass Off
So some thoughts on the new Oxygen series “Dance Your Ass Off.”
I LOVED it!
I was worried that it was going to be another one of those weight loss shows that just chastises and shames fat people into weight loss. Things like the Biggest Loser that are all about fat people hating themselves and hating their bodies into weight loss.
So far, this show is more about celebrating fat bodies and pushing them to be able to move and dance in ways that they couldn’t previously. I guess there’s something beautiful to me about seeing fat folks dancing fantastically, in small clothes that celebrate where they are at the moment, they’re sexy and comfortable in their own skin.
I also really like that the show has two components, on e the one hand you are judged based on how much weight you lose and then on the other it is based on how well you dance, those two scores are combined to make it a competition show.
Of course I would rather the show just be a dance competition about amazing fat dancers, but I think that the fat-positive side of it outweighs the issues that I see.
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