A note to ignorant people: making fun of fat people isn’t funny. (I do poke fun of myself a lot, but that’s a whole ‘nother bag of bananas.)
More specifically, to the person I overheard making a “joke” about fat people eating shit all the time and therefore looking like shit all the time: I’m going to channel my inner Alanis here.
Isn’t it ironic that I, a fat person, am eating a sandwich made with multi-grain bread, fresh veggies from the garden, homemade hummus and a slice of locally produced meat, while you, a skinny mofo, are scarfing down a bacon cheeseburger dripping with grease, a large fries, a Coke and a bag of chips? Keep it up, buddy. Soon you’ll be one of us. (That, or you’ll have a heart attack at age 32.)
Or to the guy who joked he’d rather die than marry a fat girl: Ouch. It wasn’t directed at me but as someone who is overweight, it still stung. Worse, his friend actually made a comment along the lines of, “Yeah, man, but if you bag yourself a fat one, she won’t ever cheat on you and she’ll wait on you hand and foot.”
Ladies and gentlemen, Assholes of The Year. I didn’t realize that I’m supposed to seek out chubby chasers so I have the privilege of acting as their slaves. Guess I’ve been doing things wrong all these years! <sarcasm>
Seriously, people can be assholes, plain and simple. At least when I’m an asshole, it’s for a legitimate reason (like when someone kicks a kitten or insults the Backstreet Boys’ musical ability). When I hear comments like those above, I have to stop myself from flying into raging bitch mode.
There is such a stigma associated with being overweight and it’s a shame. I have gained a lot of weight over the past few years (100 pounds, to be exact, which is what spawned this blog). I can own up to my mistakes and the fact that I led a horribly unhealthy lifestyle. But I’m trying. I wish assholes like those guys knew how hard I have to work to shed even one pound. Just one tiny pound.
But you know what? They don’t matter. What do the young whippersnappers say these days? ‘Make your haters your motivators’? Well, dudes, you just became my biggest motivators.