Soap and hygiene company Dove took a moral stand on Monday against Academy Award-winning film, “The Whale”, slamming it for playing an actor in a fat suit rather than featuring an obese actor.
The toiletries company blasted the film in response to a tweet from an obese Twitter user, who called out ‘The Whale’ hair and makeup team after winning the Oscar for their work in the movie.
The disgruntled tweeter claimed: ‘Our identity is not your costume’, a statement endorsed by Dove. In its own tweet, the soap brand mentioned a desire to see “better representation in Hollywood.”
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“The whalesparked response for portraying Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser as the title character, an extremely overweight man whose addiction to food has strained his relationships with loved ones and made a normal life functionally impossible for him .
For Fraser to play the obese character, he had to wear “extensive prosthetic makeup” as he described to British talk show host Graham Norton.
During their interview, Fraser spoke about the suit saying, “It was designed with the rules that it would obey gravity and physics. It was heavy enough and it really made the experience of playing the role, I think, much closer to what it would be like to live in the body of a man of that size, for me personally.”
Fraser would go on to win the Oscar for “Best actorfor her role in the film, while the film’s makeup and costume crew received the Oscar for “Best Makeup and Hairstyling” for their work making Fraser look like the morbidly obese character.
Although a Twitter account accused the film of appropriating the identities of obese people with the fat suit. User KB Heylen wrote on Sunday: “So disappointing that The Whale won the Oscar for Best Hair & Makeup. Big costumes are bad – they’re not your chance to win awards. Our identity doesn’t is not your costume. Choose big actors to play big characters . #TheWhale #fatphobia #fatsuit #Oscars.”
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The complaint resonated with the billion-dollar soap brand. Commenting on Heylen’s tweet the next day, Dove’s account asked, “Stop rewarding big suits!! We want better representation in Hollywood. #LetsChangeBeauty”
Clearly, Dove was calling on overweight people to play overweight characters in Hollywood films, suggesting that the use of thinner movie stars in costume to play obese characters is not appropriate representation for the obese community. .
Although several prominent Twitter users found Dove’s complaint ridiculous.
Renowned YouTube film critic ‘The Critical Drinker’ ripped Dove saying, “Maybe because 600lbs is extremely dangerous, and movie studios would rather use prosthetics and make-up than an actor. who might not even survive the movie?”
Popular YouTuber “thatstarwarsgirl” added, “You’re not for ‘changing beauty’, you’re for selling more soap.”
Jeremy Boreing of the Daily Wire took the opportunity to advertise his soap products, “Jeremy’s razors Body soap.” Boreing’s product has been touted as a hygiene alternative that refuses to embrace woke marketing agendas.
He tweeted: “A lot of people are unaware of the expansion of our product line at Jeremy’s Razors. Our soap is exceptional. Our shampoo and conditioner are sublime. Shower gel, moisturizer, cleanser, beard oil… We are building alternatives .”
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Fox News Digital reached out to Dove to comment on her tweet, though the company has yet to respond.