And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.John 1:14
I still remember the first time I saw the movie Hairspray. The movie, based on a musical based on a movie, is set in the 60s and follows the adventures of Tracy Turnblad, an outspoken and overweight young woman in high school. Tracy is mocked and bullied by other students, but she never apologizes for her size; instead, she wins a spot on a local teen dance show and uses her influence at the studio to fight for racial desegregation. She insists on being accepted as she is, and she fights for a world in which no one is discriminated against because of what their body looks like. And at the end of the movie, she makes out with Zac Efron – what more could you ask?
I think I saw this movie in theater maybe three or four times. I cried every time. I can’t begin to tell you how profoundly moving it was to see someone who actually looked like me – a bona fide fat actress, jiggly arms and all – up on the big screen, as the protagonist of a movie. And while the movie does show Tracy and other fat characters struggling with the stigma against their weight, their stories are much richer than this one detail about them. And watching them, watching this movie, I felt truly seen for the first time. I felt like someone else finally thought a story like mine was worth telling.Continue reading “Incarnate Goodness”