“Ellen” this morning was a rerun. First Lady Michelle Obama was on talking about her anti-obesity platform and something about military families. While Michelle and Ellen bantered, the First Lady commended Ellen about her work with the It Gets Better project. The two women talked about bullying and how awful it is and how we need to be kinder and more tolerant to each other regardless of race or sexuality.
In my head I remarked, “yeah, except if you’re a fat kid.” Because if you’re fat it never gets better. The only way it will ever get better is if you can morph your body into a size deemed socially acceptable. If you are a fat kid who grows up to be a fat adult the bullying (and make no mistake we fat kids were bullied) and the teasing and the taunts and the intolerance will never stop. Let me repeat that, it never stops.
Witness this, that just flitted across Twitter a few minutes ago. I don’t follow either of these comedians, but I did follow a person who retweeted this.
It. Never. Gets. Better.
Fat people are the last group of people that can be hated and ridiculed with reckless abandon and encouragement from others. It’s funny and fine to pick on fat people (seriously, just watch an episode of Conan). However if you were to replace any other group into the tweets above or in any of Conan’s jokes, they go from funny fat jokes to offensive/racist/anti-Semitic/homophobic. Hating on the fat people though? That’s totally cool.
There is no sensitivity when it comes to fat people. While it’s a-okay to “born this way” when it comes to just about anything else in our lives, it doesn’t count when it comes to fat. It doesn’t matter why they’re fat or how they got fat, all that matters is that they are fat and therefore they are fair game.
Never gets better.