Fuck off, Buzzfeed

Generally, I am a big, big fan of Buzzfeed, but they’ve pissed me off twice this week. First, they called Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton a giantess for being 6’4″ and some two-hundred pounds. That got my heckles all up in a tizzy. It feels derogatory. I can’t think of any situation where the giant (and/or giantess) is the good guy/girl. Giant is not a friendly, kind term. Hell, I still have nightmares about that one time in fourth grade (and I was 5’10”) when I wore a green shirt to school only to be chased around by rat boys shouting “ho, ho, ho green giant.” I don’t think I wore green again until I was in my twenties.

And now they’re calling this poor 7-foot tall 12-year-old a Mutant. Well, fuuuuccckk you Buzzfeed. Of the many things we can control in our lives, our height is not one of them.

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9 Comments

  1. Nate 20.Aug.08 at 3:31 pm

    I think the term “mutant” is pretty cool with the 12-year-olds ever since the X-Men movies came out. I wouldn’t worry that much about it.

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  2. Jodi 20.Aug.08 at 5:17 pm

    I’m not worried about it all. It was more of a “huh, what a bunch of fuckers” than anything else.

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  3. Doug 21.Aug.08 at 1:15 am

    The ones who write headlines are notoriously short, so for them 6’4″ seems gigantic.

    Also, by seeing the sort of headlines they write on the Yahoo home page, I become more and more convinced that they believe unless they’re being borderline-offensive that no one will pay attention.

    Hooray for the Web 2.0!

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  4. Jodi 21.Aug.08 at 10:20 am

    I couldn’t watch that whole thing. if it’s the scene I think it is, it should come with a warning.

    Also what does that have to do with height?

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  5. bamboozlde 21.Aug.08 at 10:54 am

    it’s the scene you think it is. i couldn’t watch it either. as far as height is concerned – you try standing up straight (or at all) after that’s done to you. ok, that was my daily attempt at snark.

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  6. Jodi 21.Aug.08 at 11:11 am

    As many much-shorter-than-me men have informed me, “we’re all the same height in bed. . .”

    Yeah, you need some snark lessons. For three monthly payments of just $19.99, I’ll turn you into the king of the snark.

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  7. shokkou 21.Aug.08 at 7:26 pm

    How come you didn’t just use your giant mutant powers to go over to Buzzfeed and stomp them with your giant mutant feets? That’s what i’d do if i was an angry mutant giant maybe.

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  8. Jodi 21.Aug.08 at 8:26 pm

    Hey! Nobody told me that giant mutants get giant mutant powers. I think mine must have got lost in the mail. Damnit.

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