February 6, 2013 |
David Letterman once altered a video to make it look as if Gov. Christie was preparing a turkey in the middle of an MSNBC-TV interview. He has also depicted the New Jersey governor struggling to get out of a chair during an Oprah interview. Letterman even devoted an entire "Top 10" list to Christie fat jokes: What if Christie were president? "Instead of Iraq, we'd invade IHOP. " And: "The cabinet now has a Secretary of Cake. " On Monday night, the governor got his payback. He made his first appearance ever on Late Night With David Letterman , and, according to highlights released by CBS, the governor at one point pulled a doughnut out of his pocket - and took a bite.
September 13, 1990 |
Perhaps the most important thing to say about "Babes" is that it's not nearly as terrible as it might have been. As described earlier this summer by Fox's publicity machine, "Babes" - which premieres at 8:30 tonight on Channel 29 - would be about three fat sisters living in a tiny apartment. Period. That left only the worst to the imagination - a non-stop 30 minutes of fat jokes. Make no mistake, this new sitcom doesn't shy away from fat jokes. There is the predictable collapsing sofa, the obvious obsession with junk food.
July 2, 2015
NOW THAT JERSEY'S big boy has cannonballed into the presidential pool, the question is whether he sinks or swims. There's a good argument for sinking. He's in a (so far) 14-way Republican primary in which he polls in low single-digits. His approval rating in his own state is 30 percent, after topping 70 percent just two years back, so he isn't exactly ascending. He gave a dud 2012 convention speech more about himself than about nominee Mitt Romney. He warmly embraced President Obama after Hurricane Sandy prior to the 2012 election; some Republicans actually believe that helped Obama win. There's the George Washington Bridge thing.
July 3, 1996 |
Members of a local support group for the overweight had a hefty surprise last week: They really liked Eddie Murphy's new movie, "The Nutty Professor. " A group of Ample Awakenings members, a Philadelphia-South Jersey organization, took in "The Nutty Professor" in Pennsauken, N.J., to scope it out for political incorrectness of the large variety. "I really didn't know what to expect," said Deborah Scipio, Ample's director, who said she had never seen Jerry Lewis' original version of the film.
November 9, 2001 |
Bobby and Peter Farrelly, those slapstick sibs who brought us There's Something About Mary, now give us Shallow Hal, a squirmingly unfunny comedy that tilts at the tyranny of the thin. And in the role of the gal that no guy dares look at because she's plus-sized, whom did the Farrellys cast? Not Camryn Manheim. Not Mia Tyler. Not Rosie O'Donnell. Not Oprah Winfrey. They picked Gwyneth Paltrow, she of the asparagus arms, toothpick thighs, and zero body fat. Which is as puzzling as casting Brad Pitt as the victim of white racists.
February 17, 1995 |
"I'm not going to camp with a bunch of fat loads!" declares Gerry Garner, a portly 11-year-old whose parents sit him down with a recruitment guy from Camp Hope - a place that looks pretty cool, what with its promotional video full of go-cart races and stuff, until Gerry realizes that everybody on the tape is carrying extra poundage. Of course, Gerry does end up going there, and of course we end up watching him and his overweight, underachieiving bunkmates, who struggle with the midnight munchies and a maniacal new owner using the campers as guinea pigs for what he envisions as "the number-one weight-loss infomercial in the country.
October 4, 2011 |
Would America elect a fat president? As Gov. Christie reconsiders a presidential bid that could pit him against a trim President Obama, his acknowledged weight problem is a case study in politics and appearance in a hypervisual age. Fat is the word many Americans associate with Christie, just as black was the only thing many knew about Obama at this stage in the 2008 presidential election campaign, political observers say....
June 19, 1986 |
America has had many voices, and for a time one of the loudest was Kate Smith's. It was a big, warm, all-embracing voice, and it sang us sentimental songs, and heartbreak songs, and picker-uppers, and at least one invocation: "God Bless America. " The voice was effectively stilled long before Kate Smith's death Tuesday, at 79, in Raleigh, N.C., of respiratory arrest, following years of illness. And yet Kate Smith's long career in records, radio and television was one marked by repeated comebacks after tragic setbacks.
September 20, 1990 |
Don't call them plump, large-boned or fleshy. They are fat. And they belong to the swelling legion of obese people who say they are tired of living with fat jokes, too-small airplane seats and ugly clothing. At Big Girls, a Philadelphia group devoted to improving public perception of fat women, the emphasis is on self-esteem, not dieting. "If you're going to be heavy, you don't have to look like a slob. You don't have to have low self-esteem, and you don't have to be without a man," said Alletta Olday, 34, who wears size 26 to 32 and has impeccably manicured nails.