Matilda The Musical Is Repeating An Awful Trend (Despite ACS Criticisms)

Beloved children’s book 
Matilda is getting its own movie musical adaptation on Netflix, but the new trailer shows it’s embracing a terrible Hollywood trend, despite
American Crime Story recently facing backlash for the same reason. The upcoming 
Matilda musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel, as well as the 2010 musical adaptation of the book. Emma Thompson is set to play the character of Miss Trunchbull, and, unfortunately, she’s donning a fat suit to do it. Miss Trunchbull has long been rooted in fatphobia, but a fat suit takes it a step further.,The story centers on Matilda, who is sent to Crunchem Hall Primary School by her neglectful parents. She is hopeful of this new opportunity but soon finds herself at the mercy of Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress of the school and primary antagonist of 
Matilda. Matilda finds comfort in one of the teachers, Miss Honey, depicted as the antithesis of Miss Trunchbull.,Related: New Girl Improved One of Friends’ Most Controversial Elements,The recently released trailer of
Matilda shows
Cruella’s Emma Thompson in a fat suit, proving no lessons have been learned about the lack of diverse body casting in Hollywood. The character of Miss Trunchbull already reinforces fat stereotypes, making her fatness part of her villainhood. The slim Miss Honey is depicted as soft-spoken, feminine, and good-natured, while Miss Trunchbull is depicted as loud, large, and joyless. In the book, Dahl describes Miss Trunchbull as a ”
gigantic holy terror,” who
 “plowed right through” anything in her way. Even part of Miss Honey’s trauma is centered around Miss Trunchbull stealing food from her, which takes the form of a chocolate box. The exaggerated appearance of Miss Trunchbull in the book was rooted in fatphobia and the movie adaptations of Roald Dahl’s
Matilda continue this. Now, she’s being played by Emma Thompson, who needs padding and facial prosthetics to fulfill the role, when a fat actor might have been cast instead.,While the role of Miss Trunchbull in
Matilda already has its problems, not casting a fat actor creates more. It seems Hollywood hasn’t learned from past mistakes. Semi-recently, Sarah Paulson wore a fat suit to play the character Linda Tripp in Ryan Murphy’s 
American Crime Story: Impeachment. Rather than hiring an actor who fit the physique of the character, they chose to hire an actor who had to put on a suit. This follows a trend that Hollywood has been guilty of for a long time, shunning fat actors and reducing fat characters to negative stereotypes. Monica from 
Friends is referred to as Fat Monica when referring to the character when she was fat, dehumanizing the character, and again, Courtney Cox had to don a fat suit for the flashbacks.,There is no need for fat suits when fat actors exist and deserve jobs. By not hiring fat actors to play fat characters, people are losing out on work. Body diversity in Hollywood is necessary, but choosing to utilize fat suits so skinnier actors can play characters like Miss Trunchbull in
Matilda removes any chance for body positivity in the industry, and reinforces workplace discrimination against fat actors. In a tweet (via Twitter) Shannon Purser, who plays Barb in 
Stranger Things, says that ”
fat actors aren’t allowed upward mobility,” and are seen as ”
two-dimensional set pieces,” meaning Hollywood views them more as props than as people.,Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of
Matilda has unfortunately chosen to continue Hollywood’s perpetual use of fat suits. Despite recent interviews acknowledging how movies impact the way people view their bodies, most especially women, Emma Thompson still chose to take the role of Miss Trunchbull. By wearing a fat suit, authenticity is taken from the role and
Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull’s fatness is turned into a costume and yet again another caricature of fat people.,Next: Fat Thor Shouldn’t Be The Superhero Exception (Or A Joke)