The second episode of Mad Men‘s new season aired on Sunday night and all anyone can talk about is “Fat Betty”. Seriously, watching her walk around in that quilted pink blanket robe was pretty shocking. Not surprisingly, this dramatic character development sparked a lot of internet debate. Some saw it as a comeuppance for the cold, self-absorbed, ex-model Betty. Some, like Jezebel, saw it as a humanizing element of her character, making her more relatable.
Fake fat TV/movie characters have a long and dubious tradition (see: Fat Monica on Friends and Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal). It gives you permission to laugh at them, but should we really be laughing? Or is it OK to do it because, you know, that actress is really skinny (or in January Jones’ case–pregnant) in real life? While these discussions will doubtless be ongoing, some people just decided to be silly and not read too much into it.
Enter the fake Twitter account. From Angie’s right leg to the short-lived (RIP) Condé Nast elevator, fake Twitter accounts for pop culture phenom are now a beloved tradition. And someone wasted no time starting one: Introducing @FatBettyFrancis. OK, maybe it’s insensitive to laugh, but it’s one of the funnier Twitters we’ve seen lately. Some sample tweets:
I wish Henry would whisk me away to Reno again. The all-you-can-eat buffets in Rye just don’t compare. #FBF
Cookies & milk are like cereal. Cereal is a breakfast food. And I can’t eat breakfast without bacon. So now I have to make bacon. #FBF
Swimsuit weather always makes me so anxious. With no pockets in my one piece, where will I store all my beach jerky? #FBF
Here’s a little baking tip for you ladies: Improve any pie recipe by replacing the flour with beef bouillon #FBF
I just sewed two of my dresses together so I don’t have to go shopping. I’m kidding! I don’t leave the house anymore… #FBF
I miss Glen… He always had candy. #FBF
It goes on and on. We’re sure Betty will get her act together and whip herself back into shape (and hopefully learn some humility in the process), but in the meantime, we’ll keep reading about her exploits in the kitchen.