Viral Video: ‘Louie’ scene skewers double ‘fat’ standard

Actress Sarah Baker’s “fat girl” speech on Monday night’s Louie is really making the rounds. You know what’s funny? I flirt with guys all the time. And I mean the great looking ones, the really high-caliber studs? They flirt right back, no problem. Because they know their status will never be questioned. But guys like you never flirt with me, because you get scared that maybe you should be with a girl like me. She continues, “You know what the sad thing is?

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For most critics, it was a stirring performance by Baker, and a stand-out episode by Louie , although some conceded that the monologue, written by CK, may have been a bit heavy-handed. See the reactions below:. A sweeter offering that took a big risk at the end by entering into a lengthy discussion about body image and sexual double standards as it relates to fat people in our society.

Fortunately, because the episode took the time to introduce us to the character of Vanessa Sarah Baker from Go On , and her likable, engaging persona, we were more willing to go with her there at the end when things took a more serious turn. Tim Surrette, TV. Eric Adams, A.

Sarah Baker on her character’s blunt assessment of dating as a fat woman.

Louis C. He does so in his typically clever tone, flipping the script by being the pursued instead of the pursuer, making sure Vanessa is unapologetic about her desire, and emphasizing the absurdity of how he treats his body by going out for a Bang Bang two huge meals back-to-back at two different restaurants with his brother Robbie right after they make a pact to go back to the gym tomorrow.

An idea that, of course, fails spectacularly after the second meal. Vanessa is clever, charming, and beautiful, but because of her size she becomes undateable, a non-entity. I was on board with the trajectory of the episode until the last five minutes, when Vanessa gives a speech about how much it sucks to be fat. I was bothered that he took this previously badass woman, a fearless street-walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm , and turned her into a pathetic showcase of hidden weaknesses just looking for the right man to unleash her unhappiness upon.

We want sex, and love, and marriage, and happiness in all the ways that every non-sociopathic person wants those things. The entirely too short lived show Huge examined teenage girls sent to a summer fat camp, and many have found a hero in Rae on My Mad Fat Diary , the popular UK show with a fat protagonist. I imagine this episode of Louie will bother a lot of people.

One of the most heartbreaking, brutally honest TV segments ever.

Actress Sarah Baker, who has appeared in films including “The Campaign” and in TV shows such as “Modern Family,” may now be best known for her guest appearance on “Louie,” where she gives a seven-minute monologue, now being dubbed the “fat girl” rant, that some women are calling brilliant and brutally honest. Baker’s character in the episode, Vanessa, is an overweight waitress at a comedy club who tells Louie, played by Louis C.

It just sucks. It really, really sucks.

In the show, an overweight waitress called Vanessa asks Louie out, After some persistence he finally goes out on a kind of non-date with her.

Louis C. In the episode, Louis meets Vanessa played by Sarah Baker — a funny, vivacious, pretty and open-hearted woman — at the Comedy Cellar where she is working as a waitress and he, as usual, is performing standup. After his set, she asks him out on a date, but — despite all her appealing attributes — he declines. The next time they bump into her, she once again charms, asks him out again and he says no. The chemistry is there, but Vanessa is fatter than women he’s gone out with in the past and the idea of dating her makes him uncomfortable.

On their third encounter, Louis ends up asking Vanessa out for a casual coffee, leading to one of those perfect not-dates where they wander around the city, getting to know each other and laughing at each other’s jokes. When Louis starts complaining about how hard it is to date in the city, Vanessa counters that his challenges are nothing compared to hers. Louis’ immediate reaction is to tell her that she’s not fat, but Vanessa, who knows she’s fat and is okay with it, isn’t having it and proceeds to deliver one of the best dressing downs ever seen on television.

Vanessa: Ugh, dammit.

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Specifically, the plight of an overweight woman in today’s society. Then she asked again. And again, he declined. Finally, she offered up a kind gesture with no expectations of payback—she came into some hockey playoff tickets and offered them to Louie—and Louie asked her if she wanted to go get some coffee sometime.

“You can talk into the microphone and say you can’t get a date, you’re overweight​. It’s adorable,” she tells Louie. “But if I say it, they call the.

Eric Deggans. Louis C. He’s known as an astute comic observer with an unerring ability to skewer the most hypocritical moments of modern life. But it turns out Louis C. He complains about his tubby body in part of his standup act. Monday’s episode of his FX series, Louie , puts all that hypocrisy on the line. He takes an overweight girl on a date, and she hits him with this: “On behalf of all the fat girls, I’m making you represent all of the guys,” says Vanessa, a woman who was once a waitress at a comedy club where Louie performed, dressing him down during their first date.

The episode begins with Louis C. He talks about how deftly women put off men they’re not interested in — hugging them in a “boxing move” to avoid kisses — before proving how much worse men are at it. When he steps offstage, he meets a funny, vivacious overweight waitress named Vanessa.

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We either want to see things that are so far removed from reality that they take our minds away from our own lives which we all need sometimes , or we want to see things that closely resemble our own experiences so that we feel less alone in them. They think of that perfect word that escaped us in the moment. They are unafraid of consequences. The boss always gets told off in the end, secret loves always get confessed, the bully gets put in his place, and always in a thoughtfully worded way that completely exceeds what most non-fictional humans are capable of I mean, we could speak like that too if our words were selected by a room full of writers with hours or days to think of the perfect way to phrase something.

Louis C.K.’s sitcom Louie has a reputation of mixing humor with equal parts “​Try dating in New York in your late 30s as a fat girl,” she says.

Guys to be real fast. Or thin guys? Just no one, and pissed? Advantages and whose experiences, keep watching my big fat girl tumblr. Picking the guy who are not being fat. More secure about fat shamed on the kitchen and it’s like curvy girls are crazy, then with titles like hey young girls is. The relationship lively.

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So, a woman speaks deeply personal lines revealing her inner truth on television — except the script was written by a man. Nothing new there. I mention this first to label it as a problem and set it aside.

More dating troubles ahead for Louise? Credit: KC Bailey/FX. ‘So did the fat lady’. The second week of the fourth season of FX’s Louie centers.

Last night, seven minutes of television left me bawling alone in my room. Total heaving, snot-crying. It was completely unexpected because it came at the end of an episode of Louie , which is actually a comedy. Seriously — watch it. Take a look at this scene:. Vanessa played to perfection by Sarah Baker is a waitress at the comedy club where Louie does stand-up.

She is friendly, funny, pretty, sweet and just generally an awesome lady. She is also fat. Louie constantly hits on virtually every woman in the club and gets rejected. Conversely, Vanessa hits on Louie several times and he rejects her. Finally, he accepts one of her invitations and the two spend all night walking around the city, talking and laughing and connecting in a way you rarely see him connect with other women on the show. Then, Louie starts lamenting how hard it is for him to get a date and Vanessa calls him on his bullshit.

She spends the next few minutes explaining to Louie that he has no idea what it means to have trouble dating. Louie, you know what the meanest thing is you can say to a fat girl?

Louis C.K. and “Louie” guest star Sarah Baker tackle the stigma of being a “fat girl”

To improve your visit to our site, take a minute and upgrade your browser. You think your dick is going to fall off if you hold hands with a fat girl? She was previously known only for a supporting role in a failed NBC sitcom. But the heavy-handed monologue also feeds into all of Louis C. Later, she takes him along on a deeply unpleasant trip to Ikea.

As such, “So Did the Fat Lady,” is a focused, self-contained gem, centered on Louie’s date with a cute, funny, overweight waitress and exploring.

Yet despite her many appealing qualities, Louie is initially visibly uncomfortable and clearly uninterested in the prospect of dating Vanessa and, judging from the type of women he typically pursues, one can only assume his reluctance is due to her less than ideal physical appearance. Sure, Louie is sometimes rejected by beautiful women, but he also manages to score a few from time to time so why not enjoy a good bang bang every now and then?

After Louie finally agrees to go out with her a decision partially motivated by guilt after she gives him hockey tickets , the two share what is easily the most relaxed, successful date in Louie history. The pair enjoy a friendly, easy-going banter, joking about death, first periods, and lucky pennies. When Vanessa begins to lament the difficulties of dating as a fat girl, however, Louie makes a terribly misguided attempt to assuage her. The double-standard regarding weight between men and women has been illustrated throughout the episode, but here Vanessa explicitly rails against it in a provoking, yet sometimes too heavy-handed monologue.

Overweight men like Louie can be self-deprecating, funny, and charming.

Last scene from ep 3 season 4 of LOUIE on FX “So did the Fat Lady” Louis CK