Independent film director Kevin Smith has started dieting. Again.
Despite his in-your-face response to his Southwest Airlines debacle on Valentine’s Day of last year, now it seems that he actually was horrified to see himself described in headlines across the nation – as fat.
Kevin Smith was outed as a fat man.
Did he think it was a secret?
Anyone who has listened to Kevin Smith speak knows that he knows he is fat. You also quickly learn that he hates himself for being fat.
The man makes wonderful movies, he is a great story-teller, he is funny as hell; but the fat defines him. He also has a wife who clearly loves him “as is”. And Kevin loves her as well, but that doesn’t stop him from reminding her that she is married to a “fat loser”. Nice, huh?
It seems, however, that the problem wasn’t simply that he was a fat man, it was that he was being proclaimed as “too fat”. After the SWA brou-ha, he often acknowledged that he was fat, but that he wasn’t “that fat”.
Gee, thanks Kev.
So, Kevin joined Weight Watchers late last year, soon after wrapping his latest film Red State, and several months after his fight with SWA. His prior weight loss attempts were with liquid diets, so at least he has learned that that type of diet doesn’t work. Kevin is also walking regularly now, which is a good thing by itself, but if the only purpose is to lose weight, then there’s a good chance that he’ll stop when his weight loss plateaus.
The chance that Kevin will lose all the weight he wants and keep it off is poor given the fact that he has dieted unsuccessfully before. But even if he can, the vast majority of us cannot, and not because we have failed, but because long term weight loss is biologically unattainable for us.
Right now, Kevin is in the honeymoon phase of his diet. When you listen to his podcasts, you get to hear how much weight he has lost over the past few months – and how it really isn’t even that hard to do. Well pin a rose on him. If Kevin Smith wants to live a healthier lifestyle, and learn more about nutrition, that’s great. But I listen to his podcasts, and he is not talking about health improvements; his focus is clearly on weight loss and how he looks.
I just am so saddened and disappointed to see this successful, good looking, funny, clever, talented person be so afraid of being ” fat”.
So why does this bother me so much? I mean, I pretty much believe everyone has the right to go to hell in their own way. Okay? But for some reason, I am really struggling with this.
I am definitely one of those people who is “that fat”; and while I haven’t seen the fact splashed across the headlines of newspapers, I get to see it in the faces of people around me. And you know what? Fuck them. They don’t know me and I don’t know them. All they “know” about me is that I am fat. Well, so what? I know I’m fat. I also know I’m smart, funny, caring, and talented.
Right after the SWA affair, Kevin seemed to at least understand that fat discrimination is wrong. His return to the notion that FAT=BAD is so disappointing to me.
I like Kevin Smith’s movies – a lot. I really enjoy his podcasts. There has always been a smattering of self-deprecating fat jokes, which I could live without, but now they are also mixed with the self-congratulatory, self-righteousness of the newly “successful” dieter. And it bothers me.
He is so happy and proud of himself, but this is a story we have read before, and it seldom has a happy ending. Chances are the weight will come back and he’ll blame himself instead of a program that has as high a failure rate as other diet programs, and the cycle will start again unless and until he learns the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
And after I wrote all of this – Marilyn Wann puts it all succinctly – she said, “I don’t care what Kevin Smith weighs. I wish he didn’t either.”