Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dear “Fat People”

It’s amazing how much we hate “fat people” these days. We’re okay with blacks and women. We’re okay with homosexuals and transgenders and illegal immigrants, because it’s in to accept everyone…

Except “fat people.” Apparently, being nice and inclusive to everyone is impossible, so we still need an outlet for our hatred… We still need someone to make fun of in order to feel better about ourselves.  ‘Cause Lord knows we don’t like ourselves, and we need a distraction from that.

Now, you can argue that being black or female isn’t a choice, which is true. And you can argue the same about homosexuality, which is debatable. But there is no logical way you can say that about the last two categories, so don’t even try going there in order to counter my argument.

You’re born a man or a woman. You choose to take ridiculously expensive hormones and buy whole new wardrobes to appear like the opposite.

You’re born a citizen of a particular country (or countries). You choose to flout other countries’ laws and walk across their borders unauthorized to make yourself at home.

But no matter, we’re told. That’s all acceptable. Being “fat” though? Ew! How gross!

It’s not like “fat” people don’t already know what “skinny” people think of them. Ask any “fat” kid in school. They’ll tell you about the bullies they have to deal with. It’s heartbreaking.

But Nicole Arbour, a YouTube comedian, felt so offended by having to look at “fat people,” that she posted a now viral “Dear Fat People” video to tell them they’re disgusting, lazy slobs.

I watched the 6-minute video, and while I have to say that it could have been a lot more offensive than it was, it’s still ridiculous how she feels entitled to broadcast her opinion as if it’s her duty in life to make everyone conform to a certain image.

Clearly, nobody ever told her beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally can’t stand to see knobby knees, which most women her size have. I think they look deformed. In fact, I’m not a fan of seeing people’s skeletal structures period, hence the reason why I don’t look at my wrists.

Also while Arbour tells “fat people” she’s shaming them for their own good because it’s not healthy to be “fat,” clearly nobody ever told her the downside of hyper-focusing on weight, such as anorexia, bulimia, depression and a constant sense of unworthiness… or the downside of exercising too much, such as ruined joints and torn muscles.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t strive to be more healthy. But how about we put the focus first on mental health and emotional health and spiritual health, which helps people grow into decent and mature human beings who don’t go around pointing their “skinny” little fingers at “fat people.”

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