While the past couple of years have seen marginally more diversity on both the small and big screen, it's still slow progress. Plus-size men are seemingly a TV and movie mainstay, while plus-size women are still far and few between. When they ARE cast, however, they're usually typecast as a sidekick, which isn't exactly the representation people want to see.
One Twitter user perfectly encapsulated all the stereotypes plus-size female characters fall into on TV, and it's pretty damning.
In short, we have a lot of work to do.
With female plus-size characters being so rare on TV, it's disheartening to see the ones who ARE in shows and movies fall into stereotypes and represent a shadow of what their straight-size co-stars portray.
We can do better. And we need to start as soon as possible.