Above: Controversy swirls on in controversial
Since I started this whole mess, let me respond to a few points:
1.) I can see the argument against fat jokes. I have quite a few friends who are overweight, and whenever I think about making a fat joke, I ask myself, “Is this something I’d have the balls to say in front of so-and-so?” If the answer is “no,” then the joke is inappropriate. Also, fat jokes are incredibly easy and cheap and anyone can make them. I don’t speak for anyone else on this blog, but I will refrain from using someone’s weight as a criteria for bashing them in the future.
2.) That said, some people need to lighten the eff up. Specifically, I’m thinking of many of the people leaving messages on this thread. Holy mother of God. Let’s do a quick sample of the completely ridiculous and embarrassing comments posted there:
Do you remember what happened the election cycle before last? Do you remember how Al Goreâ€™s suits became more important than George W. Bushâ€™s incompetence? Do you remember how Al Gore was ridiculed for his his stilted speech, his wooden mannerisms, his inability to tell a joke, his wonkishness, his solemnity, his earnest concern? In other words, his nerdiness? Remember how he was turned into the loser of the election not because he was the worst potential presidentâ€“because hoo boyâ€“but because he was a big dork? Remember the utterly straight-faced arguments about how Bush deserved your vote because heâ€™d be more fun to have a beer with? Remember how the same thing kinda happened again four years later?
These days, Al Gore gets ridiculed for being a fatass AV nerd who cares about girly crap like the environment. And we get into endless wars because we care more about whether or not the president looks cool in a bomber jacket than whether or not he can do his job. Our next candidates are already being evaluated on the most superficial criteria imaginable. Hilaryâ€™s too mean. Obama is cute. Edwards smiles too much. Way better hair than that guy with the hair, though. Civilian death tolls? Whatever. And have you seen what Nancy Pelosi is wearing? This country is being run and covered by a bunch of middle-schoolers.
Ahem. Correct me if I’m wrong, folks, but I don’t think fat jokes were responsible for the 2000 election.
Furthermore, here are some other things that fat jokes are not responsible for:
Keep this in perspective, please.
Let’s go to some other goodies:
The problem is that itâ€™s not just about offense. Itâ€™s about power and privilege, all the way down from the very large scale to the little scale. Youâ€™ve seized on the fact that fatness is something you have the power to mock, and thatâ€™s only because fat people are at a social disadvantage. This pattern repeats itself in the previous, larger-scale fractal iteration that is society.
Fat jokes: responsible for racism, sexism and homophobia.
I argued that superficiality plays directly into the hands of the people who need us to pay attention to anything other than massive corruption and incompetence. Fat jokes are a diversion. Complacencyâ€“the kind that excuses torture and, hell, Bush v. Goreâ€“dovetails very tidily with a focus on things like Al Goreâ€™s waistline.
Oy. I don’t really know what to say to this.
Guys, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: shit that gets posted on this very unserious blog has precisely zero real-world ramifications.
Also: people are way the hell too sensitive to everything. You can call me a shitbag fuckrock monster cock, and I honestly don’t give a damn. In fact, I think calling me that is a damn insult to other shitbag fuckrock monster cocks. Spending such a ridiculous amount of time talking about how offended you are about everything is a bloody waste of your life. My God, one commenter on that thread said she was offended when people made fun of Ann Coulter’s Adam’s apple. Holy shit. For your own damn sake, lighten up. Life is far too short to get so offended by silly bullshit.
(And yes, this is the last time I will post on this. I didn’t want to post on it, but I told amp I would because I thought he had some good points. Then I went over to the Feministe thread, where I read about how my fat joke helped contribute to getting Bush elected, and I just wanted to die.)