Amy Schumer says she is a size a 6 and does not like being lumped by Glamour magazine into an issue co-sponsored by the plus-size maven Lane Bryant. Nobody likes to be called fat.
Schumer’s confrontation with Glamour reminded me of some of my favorite overweight fictional characters. They were often funny too, and none of them wanted to be called fat.
Jill in Judy Blume’s Blubber
Dudley Durseley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter
Ignatius J. Reilly in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces
Cannie Shapiro in Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed
and, of course, Augustus Gloop in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
What would Garfield say?