allison-tolman-getty-Fargo.jpgIt’s a sad fact in Hollywood today that no matter how excellent a job an actor is doing in a role — and Allison Tolman is excellent on “Fargo” — someone is gonna hate. But an even sadder fact is that for the female actors (and sometimes men, but usually it’s women) are hated on for their appearance, even though it generally has nothing to do with the roles or the way the actresses are playing them.

Such is the case with Twitter user TrayNTP, who doesn’t like the character Tolman plays on “Fargo,” so he expresses his displeasure and calls her fat, writing, “I detest Molly. Just let it go, plumper.”

Now, first of all, we really question how much attention this Tray fella pays to “Fargo” because why on earth would we want her to let it go? Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman are terrific actors, but nobody is rooting for psycho Lorne and psycho Lester to win, right? But we digress.

Tolman tweeted Tray’s remark and responds thusly:

  • “One day I was scripted to describe a female character as “heavyset”. I told them no and they changed the line. Simple! #weareotheradjectives.”
  • “The explicit use of a weight related adjective to describe a female (fictitious or otherwise) is really troubling. It furthers the notion that a woman’s most important contribution to the world is her appearance, and that women deemed insufficiently f***able by societal standards are somehow lacking. You seem like a smart guy, so I’m hoping you’ll do better next time.”
  • “I’m not sad, y’all. My points are: A- Christ on a cracker, stop defining women by size. B- I’m AVERAGE- women on TV are TINY. #realtalk.”
  • “I’d just prefer my weight wasn’t a topic of conversation at all. Like, y’know, male actors.”
  • “Apologies to my parents that some d***s called me fat and I sassed them
    and the Internet saw and now everyone knows how much I say ‘f***’.”

Amen, Tolman.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."