Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tyra Takes On the Fat Police

Tyra undercover as a fat person

My beloved sister Kerry has terrible taste in television. Yes, I know that I'm not exactly a dilettante. Once, I was telling my friend about a conversation I had taken part in, then paused and said, "Oh wait, now that I think about it, this happened on "Real Housewives of New York." I certainly am a stunning advertisement for the benefits of higher education, wouldn't you say?

Anyway, Kerry loves to watch the Tyra Show. I had never really seen it before, but when I was staying at my parents' house for Easter, I went with the program and didn't complain when she turned it on. The show topic was "Fat Hateration: The Final Frontier of of Discrimination." I am not sure "hateration" is a word, but this show was on the CW network so I'm guessing they're not sticklers for proper English. Tyra interviewed several women who admitted to hating fat people. They thought obesity was disgusting and had absolutely no problem with confronting overweight people and letting them know exactly what they felt. These women, some of whom were not exactly model skinny themselves, apparently went up to people in airports, restaurants and amusement parks and pointed out to fat people how gross they were and how disgusting it was to even share the same air with them. The look of absolute disgust and hatred on their faces just floored me. How pathetic are these women to get so worked up over the size of someone else's body?

I was in the grocery store a few years back, carefully studying the selection of ice cream, when an old man came up to me. I smiled at him but he glared at me. "You don't need any ice cream," he said reproachfully, examining my cart. "You need to eat more vegetables." Stunned and raised to be overly nice to senior citizens, I didn't say anything and blinked back tears when he walked away. He had gotten his point across and I hope that made his day better, but it sure ruined mine.

I wonder if these people don't realize how much it hurts. You're having a great day, hanging out at a bar with your friends when a group of guys decides to make you their evening's entertainment, daring each other to ask you to dance. Idiot teenagers yell shit out the window at you when you're walking down the street. Do they not realize how much a dive bomb sneak anti-fat attack shakes you up? The greatest day can be ruined in an instant as the realization sets in that, oh yeah, I am somehow less of a person because I'm heavier than average. How dare I show my face in public and try to interact with all of the normal people? Forgive my audacity. Back to the Fat Cave I go.

Every fat person knows that they are overweight. There has never been an instance where someone calls a person fat and the person thinks, "Wow, I hadn't noticed that before. I am so happy that that lady pointed it out. No more eating for me!" You can't shame someone into losing weight and humiliating a person in public doesn't do it either. I know, it's shocking that calling someone a fat pig won't motivate them to mold themselves into the person you want them to be, but trust me on this one. The fact that these women think they're helping is a joke.

I guess I just don't get it. Life is short so why would you want to actively work to make people unhappy? It was obvious that these women had some issues; their faces literally twisted into grimaces when talking about how disgusting the obese are and how offended they were to have to see them in public. They were not happy women, and as Tyra wisely pointed out, a lot of the hatred they projected outward was really directed towards themselves. Unhappiness, low self-esteem and depression don't only happen to fat people, and it was obvious to me that these women were suffering from all three. Poor poor things.

I guess, if I were a better person, I would pity them. Unfortunately I am only a mediocre person and I wanted to run them over with a truck. Hey, I know my weaknesses and I could possibly finagle some sort of obesity defense. I'll have my lawyer get back to me on that.

8 comments:

  1. 1.) YOU HAVE TO PUT QUOTES AROUND THE SENTENCE WHEN QUOTING THE GLORIOUS TYRA BANKS. SHE said "you can't shame people into loosing weight" not YOU.

    2.) Why was I never told about this shriveled up angry senior citizen?? I was raised to respect the elderly...BUT I have also learned that there is an exception to every rule, and I would have pushed him over and broken his hip (I hear it's ALL downhill after that..)

    3.) I relate to this blog a lot actually. I have had people say nasty things to me and shout things out the windows of their cars when I was holding hands with a girl. I know how a great day can so easily be ruined! Grrr!

    4.) oh and....LONG LIVE TYRA!!

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  2. Disgusting! They truly are unhappy people.
    Love your writing!

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  3. Sigh. I can relate to this all too well. There was a period where the only bars I would go to was a dive bar, where I was fairly certain I wouldn't have to put up with some idiot dude looking for a slump-buster.

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  4. "Unfortunately I am only a mediocre person and I wanted to run them over with a truck."

    Love this. You're added to my reader. :)

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  5. Kim, people are such assholes. Seriously, the fact that the word slump-buster exists makes me want to barf.

    Thanks Kristan Anne!

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  6. I agree with BatBoo- I would like to have been within hip-breaking proximity to this old man when this occurred.

    Also, once I was walking into the train station with headphones on, and a man said something to me that caused about 5 people to turn around and stare at me, with their mouths open in shock. I couldn't hear what was said, so I will assume it was about how good-looking and graceful I am.

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  7. I agree with BatBoo- I would like to have been within hip-breaking proximity to this old man when this occurred.

    Also, once I was walking into the train station with headphones on, and a man said something to me that caused about 5 people to turn around and stare at me, with their mouths open in shock. I couldn't hear what was said, so I will assume it was about how good-looking and graceful I am.

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  8. 1.) YOU HAVE TO PUT QUOTES AROUND THE SENTENCE WHEN QUOTING THE GLORIOUS TYRA BANKS. SHE said "you can't shame people into loosing weight" not YOU.

    2.) Why was I never told about this shriveled up angry senior citizen?? I was raised to respect the elderly...BUT I have also learned that there is an exception to every rule, and I would have pushed him over and broken his hip (I hear it's ALL downhill after that..)

    3.) I relate to this blog a lot actually. I have had people say nasty things to me and shout things out the windows of their cars when I was holding hands with a girl. I know how a great day can so easily be ruined! Grrr!

    4.) oh and....LONG LIVE TYRA!!

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