Monday, October 13, 2014

A Fatshaming Moment

[Content note: Fatphobia, food]

In case you haven't had a fat shaming moment yet, today, here's one for you!

[Image text: A cartoon of what appears to be a fat man wearing a shirt that says "USA." He is eating a cheeseburger and fries. Drinking beer and soda, and smoking. He's screaming "EBOLA!!" and the text says, "Obesity: 300,000 deaths per year, Tobacco: 450,000 deaths per year and Alcohol: 88,000 deaths per year."]

Listen--if we want to discuss the problematic, racist, xenophobic response of the American public to the outbreak of Ebola, COOL. But this isn't actually how you do it. I am so incredibly sick of critiques of the American people which center on mocking and shaming fat people...equating them with disgust and excess. And let's be clear, no one does this worse than leftist cartoonists.

It's tired and old and hateful.

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