Biggest Loser Bust Up
There’s been some trouble brewing on the latest season of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. It’s been reported all over the internet that several contestants became upset when they heard a rumor that NBC may be bringing back contestants eliminated in previous seasons to compete for the $250,000 prize, and two unnamed, current contestants decided to leave the show entirely. NBC is reported to be using this drama in a future episode of the show, no doubt in a ploy to boost ratings.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I really haven’t seen a lot of advertising hype for this current season. Perhaps that’s why NBC decided to allegedly create this twist in order to spice up a franchise that, quite frankly, should have never started in the first place.
Fat activists have discussed why TBL is bad news for the cause of Body Acceptance and overall human health numerous times, so I won’t list all the reasons why the show should just die a quick, painless death. But it is interesting that until this latest controversy, TBL really hasn’t seemed to captivate viewers like previous years.
Could it be that more and more people are discovering that shows entirely based around weight loss, intentional dieting and painful exercise is not actually entertainment? I certainly hope so. I’m not a reality show fan to begin with, but, given the choice, I’d rather watch a bunch of housewives getting into catfights in limos than fat people being screamed at by so-called “fitness experts” because they have the audacity to be exhausted by nonstop workouts.
Reaction from the contestant walk-outs has been predictably negative with plenty of fat jokes in the mix. I wonder if the two who decided to leave weren’t fat and weren’t on a weight-loss competition reality show, would they would get more support from those commenting? I can’t blame them for deciding to quit. It really isn’t fair to have people who didn’t make it get a chance to come back and win when you already have a group of contestants in place severely limiting their food intake and exercising like crazy to lose weight and win a lot of money.
You do have to wonder though — if NBC really does bring former contestants back, will they still be thin?