I love Rebel Wilson. I think she is absolutely hilarious, and when I heard she would be given a show where she could bring her brand of in-your-face humor to the world weekly, I was genuinely excited. The problem is her new show aired last night, Super Fun Night, and I had one serious problem with it. It’s one thing to give an actress a show because she is hilarious. It is another thing entirely to give her a show just so you can make a series of weekly overweight jokes. Frankly, Rebel deserves better.
Super Fun Night aired last night, and make no mistakes about it, it had its moments. But rather than focus on that, the show seemed intent on using its star as a cheap excuse to glue together weight joke after weight joke. What ABC needs to understand is that I didn’t tune in to see a star I really like get made fun of for being a little “big”. That’s a one note joke, and its vapid.
How about we give Rebel Wilson the chance to do what she does best? Being cocky and over-the-top and very much self aware. How about that? It’s true she obviously has no problem laughing at herself, so how about giving us that in less mean and more organic manner? The LA TIMES has an interesting piece about all this today, in the wake of last night’s premiere.
Don’t get me wrong, the show could end up being great, but it needs to lose the jokes at Rebel Wilson’s expense. After all, we are all tuning in to see her and laugh. Not to see her and end feeling bad for her because her show is cruel. That is counterproductive television.