I was watching TV the other night when an ad for jeans from Sears (or JCPenney or someplace like that) came on, talking about the thousands of styles of jeans available. My first reaction was “Of course, if you’re thin. If you’re fat you get maybe 1% of that offered to you and if you’re fat enough to be above size 24 you’re SOL in anything but a specialty store.” But then I started thinking and realizing that, aside from a couple of commercials for local business (i.e. not big chains/nobody selling anything on a national level), weight-loss-related commercials, a Cacique commercial once upon a time, and that ad for Tena with the women dancing around, I can’t remember the last time I saw a commercial for anything with fat people in it. No restaurants, clothes stores, hardware stores, care dealerships, makeup brands, you name it — fat people are not represented in advertizing. And believe me, I live in a household with people who would have the TV on 24/7 if they could I see hours and hours of TV on multiple channels every single day.
Think privilege is being represented in commercials.