I feel evil taking Wallace & Gromit to task but why, oh lord, has the nation’s favourite cheese-munching, Oscar scooping claymation double act turned into poster boys for misogyny? More importantly, why did the BBC decide to use its Christmas Day bullypulpit to funnel woman-hating claptrap into the sitting rooms of Great Britain?
Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death starts off as a harmless romp. Well, not for the bakers who keep dying mysterious, floury deaths, but nothing intrepid Gromit and his gormless human buddy Wallace can’t handle. A romance develops between the latter and a buxom woman called Piella – erstwhile model for the Bake-o-Lite bread company – and then it gets weird.
The upshot: Piella is the serial (or as the show styles it, ‘cereal’) killer, seducing and snuffing innocent bakers because bread made her fat. Because, like, putting on weight is enough to turn a woman into a homicidal maniac.
As much as I would love to read A Matter of Loaf and Death as a radical feminist morality tale (a woman takes revenge on men for helping to ruin the only thing that gave her any worth) I doubt that’s what its creators intended.
The much blunter point seems to be that fat women are insatiable, greedy, gluttonous, vile-tempered monsters. Cross the fat bitch and she’ll kill you! The only possible solution is a final one – Piella gets eaten alive after her hot air balloon (sagging beneath her weight, of course) drifts into a crocodile pit. We know she’s dead when the balloon springs back into the sky ‘light as a feather.’
It boggles my mind that NO ONE – not the animators, or the writers, or the producers, or the BBC – thought to question the mean-spirited, misogynistic story line. Already, as I write, I can hear the robust voices of protest: lighten up! For godssake, it’s a kids show. You feminists take everything so seriously.
Damn straight. I’m sick of every unfunny joke being at women’s expense. Especially luxuriant, tax-payer supported ones that are watched by millions of kids.
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