Thursday, May 13, 2010

And here I was thinking I was best at something else

Tip of the Fro to Melissa.

So we have Ken Burger of The Post and Courier attempting to call out fattists. By fattist we mean a person who discriminates against people based on them being fat. While at first he seems to be doing a good job of it:
You know, people who complain about obese people taking up too much room on airplanes, lapping over from their seat into yours.

They also roll their eyes when they see overweight people in line at the grocery store with a basket full of Twinkies and powdered doughnuts.

If you are a fattist, you might be the type who always points out fat people in the mall, or wonders out loud how they poured themselves into those jeans.
He seems to be doing good things here right? He points out behaviors that may indicate a hatred of fat people. All well and good.
The one thing that's not mentioned in all these plans and studies is the embarrassment factor of being fat. That's where fattists come in.
He even manages to mention that in all the rush to address weight issues in today's population one thing that seems to almost never come up is the embarrassment, harassment, one may face for being fat. However he fucks up royally at the end.
Unfortunately, it's counterproductive. It only makes overweight people feel worse about themselves and they instinctively do what fat people do best -- eat.
(Lil Jon imitation) WHAT?!?

So being fat means that the best thing I (and Melissa and all the fat people throughout the land) am good at is eating? Never mind all of my other skills. Fuck my skills with computers (I work in IT for a bank). To the devil with Melissa and her blogging skills. Damn what the hell else we can do right?

Yeah this guy sounded like he was trying to call some attention to the way fat people are treated and reveal fattists for who they are. Turns out he may be one of them.