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March 27, 2008

BALLET

It's bigger than ever.

(Thanks to Claire Martin)

VIDEO UPDATE, thanks to commenter Cat R.

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My eyes!!!!

there must be a bunch of the ballerina wanna-be's at my local Wal-Mart. i swear i've seen this one in line at the pizza and burger stand right inside the door. only she was wearing neon green shorts.

Her toes!!!

LOL does this remind anyone of Fantasia??? and the dancing hippos??

sio - you beat me to it!

Do they have a full repertoire of moves? Otherwise, if you can get en pointe, go for it.

"Having said that, it's easy to do the splits with 120 kilos of down-force."

ouchie

I'm confused..... Are the dancers stoned? Or just big? Or both?


DPC - took ballet for 12 years, yes, i can do all of the moves, but no, trust me, no one wants to watch.

Sorry, D ;-)

All kidding aside, I do admire their guts for going out there and strutting their stuff. I wouldn't even wear a tutu.

Says there that one of them was suspended for being TOO thin:

Tatyana Gladkikh slipped below the 17-stone mark which was attributed to the extra work being put in during training and rehearsals.

However, after a period of rest, she was reinstated to the group last week in time for the tour.

She was kept on a diet of Krispy Creme cheeseburgers.

Nicely said, Siouxie. :)

Suspended for being too thin?

Sign me up.

*smacks* ad with her hairbrush!

stone = unit of mass in the UK

soooooo 17 stone is MUCHA MASSA ;-P

1 stone = 14 lbs

My guess is that these are some of the healthiest 'big gals' that you'll find, if only for the amount of exercise that is required to properly do ballet. Does anyone know what 17 stone equals in pounds?

look ^ Tex!

Not all that original, actually, as you can see ...

238 lbs
Ask me another.

Minimum weight: 108kg = 237.6 lbs
Average weight: 127kg = 279.4 lbs

I'm not a small guy (6'2", 212 lbs) and I'm way short of the minimum. WOW.

and usually remember to close his freakin' tags.

And I thought the 'Bolshoi' was big.... (Russian joke)

Siouxie - those gals don't wear tutus. They wear three-threes.
(still amazed that that hippo in the picture is 'en pointe.')

Thanks, Sioux. Your post wasn't there when I started writing.

Or mu-mus Annie ;-)

Belated *snork* @ Lizzy for "her toes!!!"

Or 'mas-mas', Siouxie.
*worries about wardrobe malfunction insurance*

That "nicely said," was for your 1:39 comment, Siouxie.

Seriously all joking aside, I think women no matter what age or weight should get out and do whatever the hell they want no matter what skinny bitches like me may say. And vice versa.

You go, skinny Wench. I'll be right there after I'm done ravishing the buffet.

*applauds Lizzy* 100% agreed. Well, except you're not a bitch. ;)

Not sure what you're referring to, Siouxie.

thanks, Meanie. I love the part where she flattens the alligator. Well, off to therapy with me!

*Seconds Diva's applause*

LMAO Meanie! I was too layzee (heh) to look for those. I love it.

Diva, thank you for saying, but many have testified against me. Annie, drinks on me!

pas de yeux?

All kidding aside, she actually looks very pretty. Just sayin'.

Women like me who are not "skinny minis" are larger than life in so many senses of the phrase. We laugh louder, cry harder, dream bigger, have more intense passions, live more fully, and yet... we get put down, passed over, sneered at, dismissed and made fun of by those who find some kind of superiority in their smaller size.

To them, I say thank God there are real female role models out there of every conceivable size doing whatever they please, reveling in their curves and lush frames and not giving a tinker's damn what anyone else thinks of them. These are brave, beautiful, courageous women full of heart, soul and love. I'm grateful they're there so the rest of us can follow as they break the standards defining beauty for the world.

*gives standing ovation to these women around the world.*

*clap, clap, clap, clap* You go, Diva!
I saw Leonard Nemoy on The Colbert Show. He was talking about his photo book of large women posing like any nude model would. He had some really touching things to say. I'm glad my daughter saw that segment.

*gives Diva some antibiotics to clear up the clap I gave her*

*gulpsnork @ ellie* Gracias, mi amiga!! I'll have to find that book. That and the one that Camryn Manheim wrote: Wake Up - I'm Fat!. She rocks big time.

Elegant and thoughtful post, Divine Diva!

This country has forced a really screwed up nearly impossible standard for beauty on females. I'd much rather be around someone with extra poundage who has his or her act together than a person whose entire self image is based on superficial looks.

Thanks, Tex ;-P

*hehe*

((((((Tex))))))

Sure, Tex, but this swings the pendulum to the other end. It's not healthy to be either. Both are signs of deeper issues. So 'ick' to this, too. I wouldn't condone obesity any sooner than anorexia.

Ummmm, Diva, make sure to take those antibiotics to clear up whatever pesky little bug that ellie accidentally passed on to you. LMAO!

Of course it's not healthy, Annie. But that doesn't mean it's OK to berate, belittle or demean anyone who suffers from it. That's not the same as "condoning" in my book.

And as for issues? Well, read my blog sometime. I have yet to meet a single person anywhere who doesn't have issues of some sort. They just manifest themselves differently for each of us.

PS - One has to accept oneself "as is" before making changes of any sort. If you don't, no change in the world will be permanent.

I am the same size as in college--half what those big ballerinas weigh, but I totally agree with Diva's long post. And I think the dancer in the picture looks very attractive and graceful. I've been to lots of ballets (better than symphony as you have something to look at and are less likely to fall asleep) and a major part is the man lifting the woman over his head and carrying her around. Just wondering about that. I've also been to some opera, those folks are quite large and no one complains.

Annie, both are eating disorders that are generally caused by psychological problems. Neither extreme is healthy for anyone, but I am so tired of underweight models and actresses being portrayed as the epitome of beauty. This ideal is usually accompanied with a consumeristic bling, bling lifestyle that few can afford. A big part of this country's debt problem is caused by too many people who try to live way above their incomes.

/End Rant

Tex, I totally agree with you and Annie. I have never hidden the fact that I could stand to lose quite a few pounds - as skinny as I always was - I'm not that any more. Doesn't mean I'm not trying to be healthier. Having said that, I'm the first one that will make fun of myself and how I look. I have no problem with people making a joke without being mean-spirited. It's all in good fun, people. No need to get so damn sensitive all the time!

Besides, it's Dave's fault. He posted it ;-)

*shuffes my big fat Cuban ass to the next thread*

I agree with you, Tex. Skinny bling chasing for social acceptance is just as bad as grotesquely consoling yourself with food. I don't condone either, and since this is a humor blog, both are equal-opportunity joke topics. /End rant, begin lunch!

Tex, I totally agree with you and Annie. I have never hidden the fact that I could stand to lose quite a few pounds - as skinny as I always was - I'm not that any more. Doesn't mean I'm not trying to be healthier. Having said that, I'm the first one that will make fun of myself and how I look. I have no problem with people making a joke without being mean-spirited. It's all in good fun, people. No need to get so damn sensitive all the time!

Besides, it's Dave's fault. He posted it ;-)

*shuffes my big fat Cuban ass to the next thread*
Posted by: Siouxie | 03:35 PM on March 27, 2008

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Siouxie - those gals don't wear tutus. They wear three-threes.
(still amazed that that hippo in the picture is 'en pointe.')
Posted by: Annie Where-but-here | 02:06 PM on March 27, 2008

Or mu-mus Annie ;-)
Posted by: Siouxie | 02:08 PM on March 27, 2008

Or 'mas-mas', Siouxie.
*worries about wardrobe malfunction insurance*
Posted by: Annie Where-but-here | 02:10 PM on March 27, 2008
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These are not mean-spirited? *makes eye appointment*

Maybe so, Sioux, but for some reason, it's still acceptable for people to tell fat jokes in places where race and gender jokes would be socially forbidden.

It's a friggin humor blog. sheesh.

Get over it.

That wasn't meant for you, Tex. But, If something is posted here, we make fun of it. There's no need to get overly sensitive or take it personally.

I also posted THIS.

All kidding aside, I do admire their guts for going out there and strutting their stuff. I wouldn't even wear a tutu.

Posted by: Siouxie | 01:39 PM on March 27, 2008

Yes, you did. And I think that's awesome - and said so.

Exactly, Siouxie - you have to be able to laugh at yourself first. Otherwise, it's just high-horsed hypocrisy. Now pardon me while I go be funny. :) Smooch!

If you take everything that everyone says here personally, maybe you shouldn't be here. Even if someone perceives something as 'mean-spirited' which it may or may not be, doesn't mean it's directed at that person.

I'm sorry but i tell race, sex, blond and fat jokes and enjoy most of them too. I happen to have titian blond hair, and I'm overweight. funny is just that, funny. do i get offended at dumb blond jokes or fat jokes, nope. i have to be able to laugh at my problems or I'd have to cry. the sensitivity training crap has gone a little too far. oops, there i go again, politically incorrect. do i make vicious comments about someones weight, IQ or race, nope. i live in a glass house, I've learned not to throw stones.

*Smooch* back! Agree or disagree, let's keep it light?


BOOGERS to all ;-P

Quittin time...I'll need my vino when I get home. Hope the blog bar is open.

Wicked, I love you, man!!! 110% with you.

I keep looking at the photo...waiting for her to tip over.

*snork* @ Rosie!

see?? that's funny as hell!!!

Ok..I'm gone...for reals.

Well, let me put my two cents in. I am appalled for young girls that it's okay for someone to be called "skinny bitch" and "anorexic" when they just have a different body type, and that's not considered mean spirited. It's okay because skinny people are in the minority. It's okay to make fun of them. Things like that would have upset me when I was a young child and got called skinny A LOT. I was a very skinny, homely child and I once ate so much bread and margarine to gain some weight I woke up in the middle of the night and puked it all up. So it goes both ways. The trick is to become an adult and realize that's life either way and learn to develop thick skin, cause even people you care about are going to say stupid things without realizing it.

And I'm part Indian, and I absolutely LOVE drinking and gambling jokes.

lol i love that last line, wench ;)

but if they are actually bitches is it okay to call someone a skinny bitch?

seriously, i realize what you're saying (some of my best friends are skinny!) but it's kinda like making fun of white men: it's somehow MORE okay than the reverse because they're the ones who are societally recognized as "in power"... as are thinner people. i know lots of white men who get pissed all the the jokes... and i know "skinny" jokes can hurt...but until fat people or black women become "the ideal" or the one society as a whole perceives as the one in charge, it will always be somewhat okay to make fun of skinny people... because those of us who aren't are jealous?! ;) you know that saying "you can never be too thin or too rich" - well it's a saying for a reason ;)

Wench, as a super skinny kid myself, growing up was, like you said, a bit trying. I was always called "skinny" and I hated that. I also used to TRY to get fatter, to no avail. I developed a thick skin early on and fought back. Laughing at oneself is the best thing you can do to get back at those ugly people. (and by ugly I don't mean - physically).

judi, NOW I AM jealous ;-) But I can deal with it.

And that, my friends, was #69!!!

lol

if that was 69, i've been doing it wrong...

LOL geez....

I said #69, judi! Your mind doesn't get out of the gutter much. I love that about you ;-)

Dangit, Siouxie - you ALWAYS get 69!

And we're all good. Seriously. Maybe I'm seeing a shadow that's not there.

*Slinks in®*

Love to all the blogits and especially Diva...

Hey, I found this, and I gotsta tellya, I'd go see them inaminit. The humor starts coming out at around 2:19-ish.

Enjoy!

LMAO Cat! that video is great!

I agree judi, it's okay to be open season on certain races and body types, but others, you can't even hint at a joke without being called "mean spirited". And if someone is actually a skinny bitch, fire away! :)

Oversized dancers? Old News

WHAT?????

YAY Cat!! your video got posted!!!

LOLCAT!! Er, LOL Cat.... Sheesh. ;)

It's easy to make fun of. But watching the video, some of those chicks have great legs. Especially the one in the red. Gonna have to check out tu-tus' in the a.m. I agree that we need to have more strong women like this. Go Girls!

LOLCAT is right Diva, either way you spell it.

Ha! I almost didn't check back here.

Shell, legs AND arms -- I'm jealous. These gals are livin' large, but even in my 20 minutes of "thin" many years ago, I still had a jello jiggle from elbow to shoulder that these talented dancers have kept at bay.

'Course, that would have nothing at all to do with my Lithuanian grandmother's genes. Or kugelis. Right? ;-)

there's one youngish chick in that video that is so definitely NOT 279 pounds... i would be willing to bet serious money.

whoops! i re-read and now i realize she could be 238. that i can buy.

Annie, your comment on "wardrobe malfunctions" harkens (luv that word!) me back to my "Snow White" ballet recital when we did a bathtub number wearing towels held up by elastic shoulder straps. My wonderful mother closed my towel with a safety pin. My best friend's mom? Not so much... Her towel flew open revealing her 9-year-old nakedness beneath. I'll bet she STILL recalls this as life's most embarrassing moment... Signed, Too Fat to do Ballet in Front of Anyone, Hence the Reason I Live Alone

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