Feb 18 2013 | 6 Comments
WHEN DID FAT BECOME A FOUR LETTER WORD?
I don’t know when it started but all of a sudden calling someone on being fat has become a sin in in this country.
In the last week we have had both Chrisitiefatgate and now the battle between super-size actress Melissa McCarthy and snarky, seen better days film critic Rex Reed.
In both instances Reed, who accused McCarthy of being a “hippo” and Dr. Connie Mariano who had the courage to come out and say Christie’s weight is (pardon the pun) a giant stumbling block in his bid for GOP Presidential Candidate in 2016 were raked across the coals in the media for referring to Christie and McCarthy’s size in negative terms.
Granted, Reed could have found a perhaps nicer way of describing her hefty, unhealthy size, but he is known for being a bitchy queen. There, that was not PC, but you can call some one a bitchy queen and not get smacked around for it in the same way you would if you called them a tubo, bitchy queen.
I happen to a have a profound fondness for bitchy queens, and a huge aversion to obesity.
And call me what you want I don’t have an aversion to people calling public figures out on being fatsos. I don’t have a problem with the word fatso.
What I have a problem with is defending or protecting the condition of obesity, which at this moment is the number one health hazard in this country.
It is proven to lead to the three biggest killers, heart disease, many cancers and diabetes. Yet we are supposed to protect people from themselves and allow public figures go set poor, even destructive examples. They are deified and the ones who dare out them are vilified.
Christie, who is morbidly obese defended his position by calling Dr. Mariano a “ hack” when she is in fact a career Navy doctor who headed the White House Medical Unit under Bill Clinton. She is also a Republican so it was not a political barb. It was not even a barb. What she was saying was if he is the next President and if he stays at his present weight he could very well drop dead in the White House. This worries her. No matter how you feel about the oddly charismatic, always overweight, sometimes blowhard his weight is an issue and sets a poor example for country with a forty percent obesity rate.
And then to further prove his point he went on Letterman and crammed his face with a jelly donut. Sorry. This is just irresponsible. Even if I were inclined to vote for him that would send me running.
But what happens is the media ends up attacking the messenger, in this case Dr. Mariano who has a valid beef.
The thing is we can call people on other forms of self-destructive behavior, drug addicts, alcoholics, sex-addicts, Obama’s smoking cigarettes all these things can be pointed out without attacking the messenger.
These people are allowed to be publically criticized, and usually ordered into some form of behavior changing program to help erase their tarnished record or self-destructive habits.
Look at Obama; he is left with his Nicorette habit in an attempt to set a good example. No one says, the guy is under more pressure than most anyone on the planet, cut him some slack, let him smoke a few. But no, Obama smokes, bad Obama, he must quit. Though no one says Christie put down the fries.
Obesity kills more people than smoking.
Yet, fat people are protected by some weird fat protection policy we have in this country. It makes no sense.
The backlash against Reed was deafening; if you were listening.
How dare he accuse her of being fat? Yes, he called her names, but he calls everyone names, it’s his style. And she is a hippo and her not owning it responsibly and the press defending her makes it alright for her legion of fans, who frankly need to hear she is not a healthy role model. She is doing herself in.
But people chime in with “If we call people fat it will affect their self-esteem.” It should be affected. Fat people are too coddled and the taxpayers end of picking up the tab.
Blogger and BQ Perez Hilton had this to say.
“Melissa is a Hilariously gifted comedian — we applaud her for being so comfortable in her own skin!!”
NO. NO. NO, Perez, who BTW used to be rather fat himself and is now stick thin. We don’t want a country of people being comfortable in their stretched out skin. We want a country of people who eat healthily, are aware of the life and death implications of obesity and we want the role models to back this up.
If you are a public figure you sign on for haters and acolytes, it’s part of the program. If you are a fat public figure you set yourself up for all of it too. And if you can’t take the heat then get out of the kitchen, and if you want to stay in the kitchen, eat some fruit and veggies and put down the jelly donuts.
And while it may hurt their feelings, sometimes having your feelings hurt and being forced to look at your behavior is not the worst thing.
We have lost sight of the fact that self-esteem comes from doing the right thing, living a good life and making healthy, constructive choices. It’s not a birthright.
And being obese and being called on it, well, if that saves a life, let the fat slurs roll. I would rather have someone spend a few days with hurt feelings that hopefully ends up with them examining and amending their behavior then watching them slowly or suddenly die from any one of the deadly diseases associated with being fat.