Hollywood, you are a bunch of bigoted hate-filled bastards!
Don't deny it, it shows in your casting choices.
Like this news that British actor Damian Lewis is in talks to play King Henry VIII of England in an adaptation of the best-selling novel Wolf Hall.
What a bunch of hateful bastards.
Don't know what I'm talking about?
I'm talking about Hollywood hatred of fat people and their attempts to erase them from history, and by denying plus size actors the best role available for them.
Don't believe me?
This is Henry VIII.
These are the actors who have most recently played Henry VIII:
Eric Bana in The Other Boleyn Girl.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.
And now the lean and lanky Damian Lewis.
Not one double chin in the bunch.
As you can see, fat-hating bigotry and the desire to deny the plus-sized acting work is the only rational explanation for this blatant bastardization of history.
"But D," whined the apologists for the fat-haters, "Henry VIII wasn't always a big guy."
True, when he was first crowned he was described as a pretty slim chap as seen in this no doubt idealized portrait. However, that look was not only not destined to last longer than about 15 minutes into his first kingly feast, it is not the look or the attitude we associate with him.
Look at his armour, it contains enough sheet metal to construct a small car. That's not the armour of a skinny little wisp of a king. It's the armour of a big fat bastard.
But enough about history being bastardized. Let's look at the human cost. Chiefly the fact that skinny actors are getting parts that belong to fatter actors.
In the old days when Hollywood got an actor of somewhat considerable carriage they knew that they at least had someone who could play Henry VIII. Heck the part even made Charles Laughton a box office star.
It used to be the only consolation Hollywood's fascination with a king who failed at just about everything he ever did was that at least it meant work for the girthy of the acting community.
Even when a comparatively svelte actor wanted to play the part they at least either gained weight or wore padding for the sake of the part.
Because Hollywood hates fat people.
Are we going to just take this crap?
It's not like they listen to anyone outside their little world.