Thursday, April 28

Another Big Beach Bums update

So I've been a bit busy of late. I was mentioned to a producer making a show for the BBC on body image by Lauren and Kat. Yesterday we met, and it looks like I'm going to be filmed for the part of the show focusing on body acceptance. The show is going to involve the presenter going round the country speaking to different women with different opinions about their bodies, and I'll be the last one. Speaking to the producer, it seems like they want to get a body positive message across, they're very much behind what this blog (and the many other amazing blogs out there) is about, so I'm excited (and terrified). The chance to get any fat acceptance dialogue on a mainstream television show over here would be amazing, even if it is amidst different messages.

The producer knows about Big Beach Bums through her research, and has stated an interest in coming along to film and speak to us all. As I'm very concerned that the meet up remains a safe space, and that everyone is comfortable with the day, I haven't said yes. I also haven't said no, because I'd like to speak to you all in more detail about it.

The producer said that they would be able to film selectively, so only the people who want to be featured would be (if this is necessary). They're interested in coming to the beach meet up, so we'd be able to shop first, chatter, and then do the filming.

Basically, if anyone, for any reason, doesn't want this, I understand entirely and I won't say yes. I wanted to open up the dialogue because I think it would be interesting to be able to feature our community, but I also want any decision I make to be made with the collective consensus of the group.

So, thoughts anyone? Would anyone like to be featured?


  1. Hi Kirsty, think this sounds like a great idea and a really good way of showing that the plus sized community are making their opinions and voices heard. I think its fair to say that most of us have experienced prejudice because of our weight and I know that for me finding all these blogs has really improved my self esteem and body image, knowing that you are not alone is really important.
    Rambling aside I would like to contribute if the group census is that this is a good idea.

  2. Hi Kirsty - this is very exciting! It sounds very cool, of course I have reservations about what the finished product will look like (aka, these fatties are happy BUT THINK OF THEIR HEALTHS!!!OMG!) but overall I'm fine with any filming that happens that day.

  3. Im really in two minds about this! I think its amazing that they are interested enough to film us but on a personal level I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with being filmed. Also bbc3 tends to be a bit tabloid esq & as Rebecca I do worry it'll be "oh the foolish fatties". However if like you say they will only film those who want to be filmed & I won't catch a glimpse of myself on screen then if others want to take part. I'll get off the fence now :D

  4. I am so excited about the prospect of you being filmed, and others at the meet-up maybe! Awesome times.

  5. This is so exciting! I can't wait to see the programme!