People appreciation

You may remember Marissa Jaret Winokur, age 36, as the darling on Hairspray.

Do you think the scale of injustice was tipped too far when she was fired for being too heavy to host the weight loss show DANCE YOUR ASS OFF?  Producers had asked her to lose weight.  Oxygen Inc announced that Marissa will not return to the show and will be replaced by Mel B, age 34, who is svelt according to the executive producer of Oxygen, Dan Cutforth, because being overweight did not connect with their core audience.  How do you feel about this?  I appreciate what Marissa is going through, having been replaced by Mel Brown, “Scary Spice Girl” named for her in-your-face friendliness and throaty laugh with a Leeds (British) accent.  Mel was a contestant in DANCING WITH THE STARS in 2007.

Melanie Brown and her professional dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

11 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    When it comes to being promoted, Kathleen, being overweight in any work place is a disadvantage. Something rather odd, though, is that overweight men do not suffer as much!

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    What you say is backed up a recent Michigan State University study. Overweight men are more likely to get promoted than overweight women.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I realize your topic is about being fired. Dance Your Ass Off centers on weight loss, and Marissa Jaret Winokur was not losing weight while Mel Brown, although not as heavy to begin with, dropped some pounds and firmed up.

  4. Reba Studebaker

    Mel B has lost about forty pounds through cutting back on food quantity and practicing dance routines for hours on end. She has taken control and people respect her for it.

  5. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Melanie Brown was not always thin. She gained some excess poundage having two children, but she worked hard with food choices and portions, and danced her way to thin. I’m not sure, but it’s possible that Marissa was gaining. This is the part that the audience couldn’t connect with.

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