Soap and hygiene brand Dove has slammed the Oscar-winning film The Whale for its portrayal of fat people and using a fat suit.

This year’s Academy Awards saw show-stopping moments such as Everything Everywhere All At Once securing a whopping seven awards, Rihanna performing and Lucien Laviscount launching a foul-mouthed attack on the Conservative Party.

A heartwarming moment came when an emotional Brendan Fraser handed his first Oscar after his triumphant return to the world of showbusiness last year.

The star received the accolade for his leading role in The Whale, which follows Charlie, a reclusive and unhealthy English teacher who is eating his way to death but desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

The film seemingly divided viewers and critics alike, with some people taking issue with the use of a fat suit and how it portrayed plus-size people.

On social media, after a fan argued that “our identity is not your costume”, Dove weighed in on the debate.

The soap brand penned: “Stop giving fat suits awards. We want better representation in Hollywood. #LetsChangeBeauty.”

Their statement received a massive amount of backlash, largely from Twitter users who repeated right-wing buzzwords likesuch as “woke” and “snowflake.”

Replying to the tweet, one person wrote: "Dear Dove. Cast a 600lbs model in your adverts and see how that works. I’m all for fat representation but how many 600lbs actors do you know?

"Brendan has given a voice to the fat community that we don’t always get. His portrayal was so much more than a ‘fat suit’.”

“The most twitter of twitter posts. Imagine being angry at Brendan Fraser for not endangering his health by being as obese as the character he's acting,” another said.

But that isn’t to say that Dove is alone in thinking that The Whale is inherently problematic, as one person said: “Reminder that the entire concept of The Whale is fatphobic and dehumanizing.”

“Went into The Whale expecting it to be incredibly fatphobic and y'know what it ended up being incredibly homophobic too lol,” another said.

A third concluded: “I love Brendan Fraser, but I wish he were being recognized for a role that didn't perpetuate everyday social stigma and medical harm against people like me.”


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