Chew the Fat

UPDATE: Meet the Chubby-Chaser Gay Couple From MTV’s True Life

There’s a preview clip out of True Life‘s gay chubby chaser episode, airing this Wednesday at 9pm. It actually doesn’t look too bad. They do exoticize the idea of a fat gay man—the elusive bear!—a bit too much, though. And it’s kind of weird how they don’t even give chubby chaser Justin’s heavyset boyfriend, Josh, a chance to speak, like he’s a mute.

We do hear a lot from Justin, who says he feels safe with a bear, “because of his size.” He continues, “I like feeling dwarfed by this individual. A protector, almost.”

That sounds a bit objectifying, but okay.

Here’s the press release about the ep:

For many people looking for romance, ‘fat’ can be considered a four letter word. For some, however, their motto seems to be “the bigger, the better.” On this episode of True Life, you’ll meet a young man who desires an obese mate while struggling to find acceptance in a society that immortalizes 6-pack abs.Justin loves the sense of security he gets from his super-sized boyfriend, Josh, but fears that his conservative parents dismiss their relationship as a fetish. Justin wants to marry Josh and is determined to get his family’s blessing before they walk down the aisle. Viewers will watch as Justin tries to convince his parents that his feelings for Josh are real.

All they want to do is love the one they’re with, but find that they must overcome the large hurdles to make their relationships work.

Stayed tuned this summer, when True Life airs the episodes “I Want to be Straight” and “I’m No Longer Gay.”

We wish we were kidding.

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  • Cam

    So which is it…

    Just another “Lets show gays as odd and different” show?


    Gays are now so ordinary and boring that just showing a gay couple isn’t enough and they have to find an “Angle”.

  • eric0

    thats nasty

  • b

    I think it’s totally acceptable to objectify your partner, and I think we all do it for one reason or another. What’s not okay is basing your entire relationship on that, but we’re all initially attracted to people for specific reasons.

  • Elmwoodmac

    Ya nailed it Cam, gays are now so ordinary and boring that just showing a gay couple i

    isn’t enough. Tell that to all those Republican boys who want to become President.

  • Elmwoodmac

    By the way, nice to see a focus on something other than the Muscle Marys and Ab Queens.

  • larry


    lose some weight people!!!

  • Mike

    @larry: Why, because it bothers you? Kiss my fat ass.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @larry: Another image-obsessed sub-literate.

  • Eric in Chicago

    As a member of the bear community I must tell you – you would not believe how many hot chasers love the bears. It’s aweseome. Had a 20 something skinny cute guy in my bed just last weekend. Hate all you want. I’m having fun.

  • Jawsch

    I don’t have an issue with Bears, overweight men, obese men, etc.
    I myself deal with issues of not being accepted by the mainstream LGBT Community because I have no interest or attraction to “straight acting” or “masculine” guys.

    My only “issue”, if you can even call it that, is when it becomes a health problem and the possibility (although there’s no proof it happens) of telling people it’s “okay” to be overweight because health-wise, it’s not and we shouldn’t tell people it’s “okay” to be overweight or that it’s not a danger to your health.

    Other than that, have at it! Live your life, be happy, love who you love. As long as you’re not endangering your health, I support you. :)

  • Kurt


  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    @Kurt: “Yuck!”

    …is what people say when they get to know you…?

  • kevininbuffalo

    @Jawsch: Why not just mind your own goddam business! Your only issue is that you’re a busy body, deal with that. That should keep ya busy for a long time!

  • Kurt

    Puta please. I was commenting on the fugly men in the picture who let themselves go and fetishize being obese and out of shape and staying that way.

    I have friends who are fat and even obese but they don’t want to be this way and they don’t like anyone who “chases” after them just because they’re out of shape.

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  • John

    I think they might be confusing “bear” and “chub”

  • John


    I think it was a legitimate critique. We both probably know people who are unhealthily UNDERweight, but I doubt you give them crap for being “fetishized” or people for “fetishizing” them. Also, I’ve heard way too many homophobes use basically your exact argument to diss all gay men (that gay men were just too fugly and/or inadequate to get a woman, let them self ‘go’ and stopped trying, settled for another man in the same situation, and eventually got off on the “fetish” of it all and stuck with it. Oh, and they are unhealthy [much more dangerous statistically than obesity] and don’t TRULY want to be that way. Blah, blah, blah). There is a point where it’s perhaps indefensibly unhealthy (the chub in the video is maybe there), but there are plenty of quite large guys that are more than happy being their size. If its a risk or not, that’s their choice and risk to take (weither or not they use various means other than weightloss to mitigate those risks … or weither or not they take other risks, like downhill skiing or cave diving) … but don’t pretend your not just insulting / teasing this person and his character just because you don’t find him attractive (quite the opposite apparently).

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