men_in_full: (thoughtful sumotori)
Most of these came from the [ profile] vintage_ads community. They are also pretty negative in tone, but are worth looking at for a historical perspective.

As if only fat guys get hot in the summertime:


Four more, click to enlarge )

ETA: Another one, done by the Canadian cartoonist Richard Taylor (with his distinctive bug-eyed style.)


men_in_full: (fishbone)
From [ profile] devi42, commenting on this very-slow-to-load "anti-obesity" ad campaign aimed at parents. I am not sure what the point was of using fat toys, but I would so want to play with these fat Playmobil pirates if I were a kid. And as a grownup, well (:blush:), let's just say that I can't even pick out my favorite from the fat archetypes arranged here - the ginger-bearded redhead with the peekaboo belly (what I imagine Mr. B. would look like if he would ever humor me and grow a beard); the burly muscle-man with the awesome earrings; the growly bearish one with the bone; the softer, younger chubby guy.

Click for larger image

Pirates in story and song represent unfettered id. Vicariously enjoying a pirate story is a way to let out aggression, the desire for wildness, the pursuit of greed in the form of treasure, and even lust. Remember the pirate port in the 1991 movie Hook, when too-cute Mr. Smee (Bob Hoskins) sashays his belly up to the brothel, and all the garishly painted and be-wigged ladies of pleasure lean out the window to welcome him? (below:)

The pirate in stories isn't entirely wicked, either, like Long John Silver in the animated Treasure Planet. Nor does his roundness detract from his eventual good-heartedness.

So when this ad campaign set out to demonize fat pirates, I'd say they *failed.*

ETA: Mr. Smee clip from Hook added!


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