Once Upon A Time — Ursula
In case you haven’t heard or seen the episode yet, Once Upon A Time (a magical show in which fairytale characters are cursed by the Evil Queen to a life of normalcy… and then weirdness) featured Ariel and Ursula in one of their latest episodes. Ariel was — as you would expect her to be — thin, redheaded, and a bit naive. Ursula, whom we never see in person, so to speak, is featured as a sea goddess (not a witch!) with a beautiful golden statue. The kicker? They’ve made this CG Ursula thin. CG people. That means the creators could have made her any way they wanted and they chose to take a beloved fat character and sex her up and trim her down.
We see her twice: once at the ball that Prince Eric is holding in Ursula’s honor and once at the end of the show when she comes to life and gets all pissy, thus showing us she’s a real goddess who doesn’t appreciate someone masquerading as her. So she’s not just a statue, but a real being — who’s thin. I know, it might be a small thing to complain about, but it’s the small things that sometimes add up to just make you shake your head in disappointment sometimes.
Ursula is a much-loved fatty character from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She’s unapologetic about her size and why should she apologize? She’s a freaking Octopus. It’s not like those things have waists or anything. But goodness forbid that Once Upon A Time should feature a fat character. Other than the giant, Tiny, whom we meet much earlier in the show, Once Upon A Time has sucked at having actors of various sizes. It’s an issue that’s bigger than just this one character because it’s an issue in so many shows. Fatty erasure is a real thing. Considering we supposedly make up three-fourths of the population, you don’t see a whole lot of us represented. Gee, no wonder everyone’s so obsessed with thinness when it’s the only thing they happen to see in the media despite looking around in real life and seeing fatties and chubs everywhere. These shows need to step up their game because I’m tired of being erased (or worse, beheaded just to be represented).