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More Than Tracy Turnblad

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Body size diversity in entertainment is an issue that often goes unspoken or ignored by the artistic community, but is deeply felt by those who (literally) don't fit into the ideal. On this podcast, Abby Rose Morris interviews fat people in all areas of entertainment about where fatphobia shows up in their artistic lives, the fat characters that have impacted them, and the changes they would like to see regarding the treatment of body size in the arts. Join us as we challenge stereotypes of fat bodies, honor the power of representation, and dream of how entertainment can evolve to become more inclusive.

Body size diversity in entertainment is an issue that often goes unspoken or ignored by the artistic community, but is deeply felt by those who (literally) don't fit into the ideal. On this podcast, Abby Rose Morris interviews fat people in all areas of entertainment about where fatphobia shows up in their artistic lives, the fat characters that have impacted them, and the changes they would like to see regarding the treatment of body size in the arts. Join us as we challenge stereotypes of fat bodies, honor the power of representation, and dream of how entertainment can evolve to become more inclusive.

Location:

United States

Description:

Body size diversity in entertainment is an issue that often goes unspoken or ignored by the artistic community, but is deeply felt by those who (literally) don't fit into the ideal. On this podcast, Abby Rose Morris interviews fat people in all areas of entertainment about where fatphobia shows up in their artistic lives, the fat characters that have impacted them, and the changes they would like to see regarding the treatment of body size in the arts. Join us as we challenge stereotypes of fat bodies, honor the power of representation, and dream of how entertainment can evolve to become more inclusive.

Language:

English

Contact:

2154507340


Episodes

Round is a Curve with Elle Baez & Marlee Dater, Founders of Curvy Artists Collective

6/7/2021
If you ever wanted to hear Abby attempt a Gollum voice, this is the episode for you!!! This week, she reveals that there is actually one fat trope she loves (the soft, sensitive, kind fat boy) and notes that most of them are named Sam. Then she is joined by singer/songwriter Elle Baez (she/her) and healing artist Marlee Dater (she/they), founders of Curvy Artists Collective, an online community for curvy creatives! They chat about Elle's experiences with fatphobia and racism in the music...

Duration:01:10:03

Fat Don't Crack with West End Actress Jenny O'Leary

5/31/2021
Alternate title for this episode: "I made it through our entire interview without obnoxiously complimenting Jenny's accent, are you proud of me???" First, Abby debunks the stereotype that fatness is associated with (and caused by) depression. Then she is joined by Jenny O'Leary, a West End musical theatre actress who originated the role of Martha Dunnstock in Heathers in the UK. They talk about the British school system, arts funding, college auditions, the flaws in Martha's...

Duration:01:31:14

The Sour Kangaroo is Sexy! with Jenna Leigh Miller

5/24/2021
In honor of season 3's recent release, Abby lists all the wonderful things about Shrill! Then she is joined by actor, social media manager, and branding coach Jenna Leigh Miller to discuss self-limitation, brand v. type, rock musicals, Ado Annie, looking for the fattest dancer in every Broadway show, and Jenna's experience playing Tracy Turnblad twice. Jenna's web site: https://www.jennaleighmiller.com Jenna's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennaleighmiller/ Problem Solved:...

Duration:00:57:53

Butch in the Looks, Femme in the Spirit with Provvidenza Catalano

5/17/2021
Abby talks about her recent PCOS diagnosis and why people don't need to be absolved of responsibility for their fatness. Then she is joined by performance artist and space maker Provvidenza Catalano (they/them) to discuss desirability politics, emotional labor, The L Word, transmasculine beauty standards, and how fatness intersects with queerness. Provvidenza's web site: https://www.provvidenzac.com Provvidenza's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/provvidenzac/ Provvidenza's TikTok:...

Duration:01:19:29

Curvy Tummy with Clare Rea

5/10/2021
Abby gives her take on the controversy around the recent New York Times article that cited performers' weight gain as an impediment to Broadway reopening. Then she is joined by plus model and actress Clare Rea (she/her). They discuss the difference between entertainment industry fat and real life fat, Clare's appearance in Seventeen Magazine, Katy Perry's Firework, giving up dieting, BFA programs, body positivity, being a fat dancer, and the importance of interrogating your attitude toward...

Duration:01:29:47

We Want to Make Everything into Spice Girls with Maddie McClouskey

5/3/2021
Abby rants about heteronormative height preferences in the arts and in dating. Then she is joined by Maddie McClouskey (they/she), an actor, writer, singing server at Marie's Crisis, and host of Theatre Games on Pop Culture Coop. Abby and Maddie discuss Doc Martens, early puberty, trauma responses, being weighed in elementary school math class, industry abuse, Spongebob, size and gender expression, neurodivergence, and being blocked on Twitter by Roseanne Barr. TRIGGER WARNING! This episode...

Duration:01:41:12

Feminist Musical Theatre Analysis with Lexi Schreiber aka The Fat Ingenue

4/26/2021
It's the longest episode yet because we love talking oops! First, Abby raves about how all movies should be like Thunder Force. Then Lexi Schreiber, aka @thefatingenue, comes on to explain her grad school thesis on feminist musical theatre analysis of Jeanine Tesori's work. They also discuss body neutrality, capitalism, Khloe Kardashian, the pressure for fat actresses to belt high, biding your time until you’re old enough to play moms, dramaturgical justification for fat ingenues, and of...

Duration:01:41:03

Lighting Hairspray On Fire In My Mom's Garage with Brianna McDonnell

4/19/2021
Did you catch the HAIRSPRAY in the title??? Get it??? Cause this podcast is called More Than TRACY TURNBLAD??? Anyway, on a more serious note, Abby opens the episode with a discussion about the Scott Rudin reckoning and how the culture of the entertainment industry enables abuse. Then she is joined by plus size fashion blogger/creative director/theatre producer and director Brianna McDonnell to talk plus size fashion, being a musical theater nerd, dealing with trolls, COVID fatphobia, Last...

Duration:01:05:05

I Pushed Him To The Ground And I Sat On Him with Ashley Monique Menard

4/12/2021
This episode marks a very important podcast milestone: the first time we forgot to press record and had to redo the entire interview! But as Ashley says in the episode, that was just a preview and now you get to listen to opening night. First, Abby explains how fat tropes in media implicitly give the audience permission to be cruel to fat people. Then Ashley Monique Menard, performer, host of The Eff Your Fears Podcast and creator of The Art of Blowing It, comes on to discuss Kirstie Alley,...

Duration:00:57:37

Even Dark Magic Can’t Make A Fat Woman Seduce The Prince with Nic Mains

4/5/2021
Prompted by polarizing TikTok discourse, Abby subjected herself to nearly the entire first season of Insatiable and shares her opinion (in a word: cringe). Then she is joined by Nic Mains, a New York-based, actor, singer, and theatre artist. They discuss Ursula, college auditions, fat gay representation, the possibility of writing a truly funny fat joke, James Corden, the stupid happy fat guy trope, and letting yourself be sad. Nic's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicmaaaains/ Nic's...

Duration:01:22:29

I Will Never Make A Weight Loss Commercial with Katharine Scarborough

3/29/2021
A virgin, a whore, and a mom walk into a theater. Can you guess which one is fat? Obviously it's the mom, and Abby explains why this is (short answer: THE PATRIARCHY). Then she is joined by Katharine Scarborough, creator and star of the new web series Big Girl, which drops the same day as this episode! Abby and Katharine talk about sexual empowerment, Miss Piggy, intuitive eating, learning to be fearless, Katharine's tips for writing fat characters, and why she created Big Girl. Click the...

Duration:01:01:03

CROSSOVER EPISODE with Sarai Cole of Social Takeout: Part 1

3/22/2021
When two podcasts love each other very much...they make a two-part CROSSOVER EPISODE! First, Abby laments the difficulty of finding plus size skiwear and discusses why fat people don't feel safe in fitness spaces. Then she is joined by opera singer Sarai Cole for part 1 of a crossover episode between More Than Tracy Turnblad and Sarai's podcast Social Takeout! Sarai and Abby chat about fatphobia and racism in the opera world, moving to Germany, Shenehneh, hypersexualization of fat women and...

Duration:00:58:53

I Made My Television Debut Naked with Bethany Kay

3/15/2021
Abby reviews the feast of fat representation that is Shallow Hal (01:24), which she recently watched on TikTok live. Then she chats with Bethany Kay (09:30), an actor and career coach, about street harassment as a plus size woman, grad school, knowing your "no lines," the glorification of artist poverty, Brittany Runs A Marathon, dollar pizza, and Bethany's role on Dietland where she famously proclaimed, "I AM A GODDESS." Bethany's web site: https://www.bethanykayactor.com Bethany's...

Duration:01:08:41

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with DEI Consultant Kristin Avila

3/8/2021
Abby rants about the terrible fat rep in CATS (2019)! This is super pent up because she has been mad about it for over a year and also saw Cats four times in theaters. Then performer, teaching artist, and certified Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant Kristin Avila joins Abby to chat about being a plus size dancer and choreographer, Bridgerton, the generation gap, what she learned in DEI officer training, and more! Kristin's Instagram:...

Duration:01:08:04

Why Are All The Hackers Skinny? with Spencer Frankeberger

3/1/2021
This week, Abby breaks down the shady origins of the BMI, which enabled her to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Then she is joined by Spencer Frankeberger to discuss size and disability, male fat representation, glorifying animal obesity, hot Seymours, casting breakdowns that say "fit," Charlie Brown, and more. Abby is also guesting on the podcast Depp Impact this week, so check that out if you want to hear two theatre kids roast Johnny Depp and the Into the Woods movie! Further reading...

Duration:00:57:18

Costuming & Communication with Broadway Wardrobe Technician Mallory Kidd

2/22/2021
This week, Abby shares her take on the changes in cultural attitudes toward fatness in the last 2 decades and their impact on Millennials and Zoomers (0:44). Then she is joined by Mallory Kidd (08:02), a wardrobe, hair, and make-up technician and podcaster who has worked on and off Broadway as well as regionally. Mallory shares her best tips for how actors can effectively communicate with costumers, and how costumers can be more accommodating of actors in larger bodies. They also discuss...

Duration:01:01:31

Stop Comparing Me to Lizzo! with Tiffany T. Taylor

2/15/2021
In this episode, we break down stereotypes and (in an ironic twist) an actual chair. Abby declares her deep love for Shrek (00:22), then interviews Tiffany T. Taylor, a Chicago-based actor, singer, and dancer (05:24). They chat about all-white productions of Hairspray, being a fat soprano, eating onstage, Tiffany's viral TikTok, and why she hates being compared to Lizzo. And seriously, Abby breaks a chair in real time (42:16). You have to hear it to believe it. Tiffany's web site:...

Duration:01:12:07

Fat Asian Representation and Being Cast Against Type with Kimie Muroya

2/8/2021
Abby writes a 2015 -The-Odyssey-Online-style verbal open letter to the "I'm-So-Fat Friend," aka that friend who calls themselves fat in front of their larger bodied friends (00:32). Then she is joined by Kimie Muroya, a Philadelphia-based theatre artist (07:56). They discuss the lack of fat Asian representation, being rewarded for disordered eating patterns, asexuality, conscious casting, and getting called "brave" for doing a sex scene. Also, Kimie does a killer Scottish accent! Kimie's...

Duration:00:56:12

CROSSOVER EPISODE with Freia Titland of the Body Positive Goddess Podcast

2/1/2021
It's a crossover episode, just like your favorite middle school fan fiction and That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana! Abby declares her deep love for fat icon Winnie The Pooh (00:31) before chatting with Freia Titland of the Body Positive Podcast (04:26). They interview each other, because this episode isn't like the other episodes, it's a crossover episode. You'll hear about Abby's audition horror story that led to the creation of More Than Tracy Turnblad, Freia's experiences with nudity...

Duration:01:11:44

Creating Your Own Work with Shara Ashley Zeiger

2/1/2021
FIRST INTERVIEW EPISODE WOOHOO!!! Abby rants about Tracy Turnblad, namesake of the podcast (00:32), then chats with Shara Ashley Zeiger (09:56) about the fatphobia she's experienced in the industry and her journey towards creating her own work. They discuss the differences in opportunities for plus size performers in theatre and film, problematic fat representation in Hollywood, and making your own space in a narrow-minded industry. Shara's web site: https://www.sharaashleyzeiger.com You...

Duration:01:04:37