So I have a question about this… when I was little, I never understood that she took pictures of fat/thick/big people. I was just like ‘lol she takes pictures of strangers.’ Even now, it doesn’t feel like the butt of a joke, it just feels like the movie is showing that Lilo sees the world differently than mainstream society. Anybody agree/disagree?
What I love the most about this movie is that fatness and fat people aren’t a joke or a punchline or even an issue to be discussed. It just IS. Nani simply IS a heavy-set and curvy woman. She’s not uncomfortable with it. it’s not a conflict in her life. It has no effect on her self-esteem or her love life. Lilo truly loves pictures of beautiful, obese tourists. She adores them. She finds them stunning. It’s not funny, it’s not ridiculed. There’s no laugh track to it. She loves them, and they are considered worthy of love.
It’s absolutely important to have media that deal with the reality of fat life and the challenges that come with it, but it’s nice to see fatness normalized and taken for granted sometimes, too. :)
that comment is so sweet
Its about time Disney showed some Body Positivism!
People seem to forget, and I think Disney intended this by the way they chose to leave out certain scenes, that Lilo and Nani are Native Hawaiians experiencing a narrative within the larger context of colonialism. This is also a look of how Lilo is approaching tourism and the experience of U.S. imperialism.
The overall thread of the story is that the U.S. system is failing Lilo and Nani; Nani who struggles to hold down jobs and provide Lilo with the companionship she needs, spends a good portion of her job search and work time laboring in some way that is directly related to or for tourists, or more specifically, selling a packaged version of her culture for the white gaze; Lilo is isolated from and misunderstood by little girls of varying ethnicity, but is especially belittled and insulted by the european girl who’s name escapes me at the moment.Yet Lilo participates along side them in a practice that roots her to her lost loved ones and ancestors, and only lashes out when her rational behavior is misunderstood and insulted by her peers; not for participating in her culture. (it’s obvious that all of the girls could be Native Hawaiian to some degree, either way, the point still remains that they treat her poorly for more than just her personality.)
The strains put on Nani as a caregiver are so intense that it takes an interstellar creation to ultimately stabilize their overall situation enough to fend of CPP (which, if you’re somehow unaware, is a huge and horrifying issue for people of color and especially Indigenous people in particular?? go learn these things) and stay together as a family. In contrast to the reality.. this story is both uplifting and heartbreaking. I’m still upset at Disney for not going stronger with the explicit context of colonialism, but I’m also not surprised, especially considering how they’ve decided to go over the last decade or so with opportunities for “change.”
Anyway, I just think it’s good to see people feeling good about body positivity and what not, because I do think that the fascination and affection Lilo has on her part for the people in these images is both for physical appearance and also for her way of coping with the overall reality of the U.S.’s cultural consumption. She’s approaching the overall experience of intensely concentrated colonialism by finding people who exhibit characteristics that she finds both familiar, less hostile, and visibly gentle people.
She’s flipping the experience of being a constant object in tourists’ photos, but still approaches her subjects with more heart and humanity than those who photograph her. I mean, look at all the ones she’s chosen; they are all docile, interacting with nature or relaxing peacefully. In contrast to the virulent fat shaming of the dominant culture, Lilo instead sees these people, of all of the people who travel there, as the most peaceful and non-threatening, and in her own words, beautiful.