Or is Animatrix off-limits? It's canon, after all. . .
Ali Schmidt, an outgoing, attractive 15-year-old from the Bronx, N.Y., usually looks forward to going to school. But when she showed up at Connecticut's Stratford High School for two days in September, it was a different story.
"Basically, walking down the halls was like walking into hell. I felt pain that was excruciating," she said after the miserable day.
Schmidt found herself the object of ridicule: some kids laughed at her behind her back, others made mean comments.
The reason? She was fat. At least she looked fat. In fact, she was participating in an experiment for ABCNEWS designed to capture a glimpse of the emotional and psychological impact obesity has on adolescents.
Schmidt is a slim, 5-foot-7-inch athletic girl. But for the ABCNEWS special Fat Like Me, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET, she agreed to wear a "fat suit" that would make her look obese.
Using the same makeup and special effects that were used to make Gwyneth Paltrow look obese in the film Shallow Hal, Ali was packed with padding and layered with latex, so that she looked as though she weighed close to 200 pounds.
[. . .] " People don't go, 'Ha ha, you're white,' or 'Ha ha you're black,' but they see a fat person and they think that they have the right to laugh at them."
But I decided to retain my sanity instead. Because I honestly have no idea where to start with the wrongness.
I didn't watch the show. Perhaps they'll add it to the Shallow Hal Special Edition DVD, giving me an excuse not to rent the version that's out now -- haven't seen it yet, for some reason -- because then I'd miss those extras.
I'm just reading things into that excerpt, right? They don't actually say that the girl ceased to be attractive and outgoing in the. . . no, clinging to sanity, not writing.
I'm gonna just think up more Matrix pants quotes.