The abnormal fatty, not once but twice

I had never heard of Nikki Blonsky before her name and picture popped up on the Mail website the other day*:

Nikki Blonsky

For the Daily Mail wearing a bikini is news, particularly if you are female and have what they consider: A, a great figure; B, are too skinny or C, are too fat. In this case clearly Nikki is no ordinary women, as the Daily Mail Reporter makes gaspingly clear:

She’s known for having a much fuller figure than the average Hollywood starlet.

But Huge actress Nikki Blonsky really doesn’t worry about being bigger than the average girl.

The Hairspray star was spotted today in New York grinning and looking anything but downcast.

Someone, despite having a ‘fuller figure’ she still manages to smile! The Mail writer exclaims, and it gets worse:

Clad in tight black jeans, heels and an embellished tie-dye top and clutching a bottle of water, the 21-year old actress looked like any other stylish young woman going about her day.

She ‘looked like’ any other young women… but here is an article dedicated to pointing out that she doesn’t look just like any other young woman, she’s actually Huge! It’s not even the first Daily Mail article basically saying: ‘look at this fat girl, she seems to be happy with her weight, here, have some photos and then leave horrific comments about her’: ‘I’ll never squeeze into these! Huge star Nikki Blonsky laughs off her fuller figure‘.

Both stories are remarkably similar, for example the opening line is identical in both stories:

She’s known for having a much fuller figure than the average Hollywood starlet.

On the character she plays in the new series there is also an identical chunk of text:

Blonsky’s character will not be trying to lose weight or treat her curves as a problem to be solved, but will celebrate them.

But the Daily Mail Reporter isn’t beyond making some changes:

‘Everybody wants us to hate our bodies,’ her character Willamina says at one point. ‘Well, I refuse to.’

The first episode started with her doing a racy strip-tease to flaunt her body at the beginning of the show.

The above was from the latest article, a real change of order from the orginal article:

The first episode started with her doing a racy strip-tease to flaunt her body at the beginning of the show.

‘Everybody wants us to hate our bodies,’ her character Willamina says at one point. ‘Well, I refuse to.’

There seems to be two reasons for the Daily Mail rehashing this article in the space of just 14 days: one, it gives their readers a chance to vent about how unhealthy fat people are and that they are grotesque freaks no matter how much they seem to enjoy their lives and two, it gives the Daily Mail a few more hits on its website for Nikki Blonsky and searches for the new show she’s in. I’m always reminded by a point that Tabloidwatch comes back to again and again: Mail website editor Martin Clarke actually claims that ‘news is far more important to us than showbiz‘.

As Tabloidwatch pointed out recently, the Daily Mail has a new LA office just so it can constantly churn out more and more inane celebrity drivel to boost website visits. Which is why you’ll keep seeing stories like this rehashed every fortnight as long as the person involved can generate a few hits to the former news website.


* The original article headline was ‘I’m glad to be fat and don’t care what people think’, but ‘fat’ was changed to ‘Huge’ to shoehorn in the title of the new show she was in.

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