Do you remember how at one point we see Kevin looking at a picture of his girlfriend, and we’re meant to laugh because it’s a little ? “Buzz, your girlfriend WOOF!”
We always thought it was a bit of a cruel joke, frankly, who cares what it looks like? Buzz likes it, and that’s all that matters. Girls (and women) have to deal with being judged on their looks their entire lives, so there’s no reason Hollywood should start shaming fat so early.
But we were wrong about Buzz’s girlfriend.
Not because embarrassing fat people isn’t bad, but because Buzz’s girlfriend isn’t, in fact, a girl.
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According to Devin Ratray, the actor who played Buzz, the film’s producers had the same doubts as us:
[They] decided that it wouldn’t be pretty to put a girl in the role of just being teased. The art director had a son who was more than willing to volunteer for the role. I think if I had known it would become the highest-grossing family comedy of all time, I would have thought better of it.
So there you have it: Buzz’s girlfriend was actually a young guy who was happy to poke fun at himself for looking like a less than desirable girl because she wasn’t actually a girl at all.
So that we can all laugh with a clear conscience. Even though it’s a bit troublesome that a kid dressed in drag should be funny too, maybe we should just quietly ignore the whole thing and get to the point where Daniel Stern stops a can of flying paint with his face.
Remember that you can see ‘Alone at home’ on Disney +, without a doubt, a Christmas movie.