Critic’s Warning That Fat people shouldn’t see ‘The Whale’ sparks controversy

Brendan Fraser portrays a guy who is limited to his little apartment due to severe obesity in Darren Aronofsky’s new film The Whale, which premiered at the recent Venice Film Festival and received a 6-minute standing ovation.

The movie received mostly positive reviews. Brendan Fraser’s performance, in particular, can earn him a nomination for the following Academy Awards.

However, a debate erupted online in response to specific Tweets from Katie Rife, a writer for well-known publications including Rolling Stone and Vulture. They discouraged obese people from attending the film.