A Look At AMC's "Dietland," The Dark Comedy That Embarks On A Journey Of A Woman's Struggle With Self Acceptance, Body Shaming And Misogyny
On 18th May 2018
A satirical show that is funny, original and surreal, 'Dietland' embarks on a journey of body-shaming, society's obsession with unreal beauty standards, misogyny, patriarchy and rape culture, outlining each of these sensitive issues with such accuracy that the show has become a must watch.
#1 Satirical Show With Dark Comedy And Exceptional Timing
When it comes to a satirical show with dark comedy and exceptional timing, AMC's 'Dietland' seems to be the complete package providing all. The series showcases Plum Kettle, a ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York's hottest fashion magazines. Plum in the show is portrayed as a plus-sized woman who struggles with body issues.
#2 Plum's Journey To Self Acceptance
The society also does not help to elevate her issues and Plum's boss and her working environment are set to make things difficult for her. Being treated poorly by her boss and equally by the society Plum sets on a journey of self-acceptance dealing with the pain of body shaming and accepting challenges that come to her way regarding her body.
#3 Men Accused Of Sexual Harassment Meet Untimely Violent Deaths
In the midst of this complicated journey of self-healing, another dangerous scenario arises where men accused of sexual harassment and abuse start disappearing randomly and meeting untimely violent deaths. This whole situation leaves Plum in dilemma not been able to decide whether she side with a sisterhood that might be responsible for the attacks on male harassers, or another one that preaches female empowerment.
#4 "Dietland" Outlines Issues Like Body Shaming, Misogyny And Hypersexualization With Great Expertise
Finding herself at the centre of a sinister plot Plum tries to perceive her role in the changing times around her. Dealing with the issues of body-shaming, misogyny and hypersexualization "Dietland" is based on Sarai Walker's 2015 best selling. The centre plot is self-acceptance that comes with being overweight. The series outlines Plum's struggle with her weight and her ever long desire to lose weight and becoming thin and going through this journey, comes the self-acceptance. The Guardian's Arwa Mahdawi states, "Plum's self-hatred transforms into self-acceptance. She goes from rejecting her fatness to embracing it."