Fat Shaming - 2 Comedians' Take On the Obesity Epidemic
Paunch Panda here. I'm normally Big Boy Bamboo's roly-poly good-natured official cartoon mascot who just happens to be a fat panda.
But sometimes I need to get a little serious.
Not the kind of serious like when my cute panda girlfriend tells me she's "late," but when I need to stand up straight, put the chili dog down, and get something off my usually dirty mind (and chili and mustard-stained chest).
Is there ever a right time to fat shame someone?
Is it ever ok to talk down to another human being (or even a fat panda)?
Is my belly size funny to you?
Is Fat Shaming another person really ok in 2019?
What Is Fat Shaming?
Anti-fat bias refers to the prejudicial assumption of personality characteristics based on an assessment of a person as being overweight or obese. It is also known as "fat shaming". Fat activists allege anti-fat bias can be found in many facets of society, and blame the media for the pervasiveness of this phenomenon.
What About the Boby Positive Movement?
From the Wikipedia article Body Positivity:
Body positivity is a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, while challenging the ways in which society presents and views the physical body. The movement advocates the acceptance of all bodies no matter the form, size, or appearance.
Some of My Friends In the Body Positivity Movement
Fat shaming affects both men and women, especially when you look at the Plus Size and Big and Tall fashion industries.
Yes, I said it - industries.
Some of my friends are leaders in this movement including:
- Bruce Sturgell from Chubstr.com
- Tony dela Rocha, fashion and lifestyle vlogger on YouTube
- Marie Denee from The Curvy Fashionista
- Jen McLellan from Plus Mommy Blog and Podcast
- and literally HUNDREDS more.
What Bill Maher Said About Fat Shaming
Watch the video:
Some of Bill Maher's "Highlights"
- Being fat isn't a birth defect. Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane.
Obesity is linked to terrible conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and virginity.
If people just didn't eat like assholes who are killing not only themselves but the planet.
Weight Watchers had to literally take the words "Weight" and "Watchers," I'm not kidding, out of their name. It's now WW because merely the idea of watching your weight is now bullying. What's next banning scales?
You hear it all the time - someone sees a merely trim person "you should eat something." No, you should not eat something. I should be more unhealthy so you can feel better about your fat ass?
- Fat shaming doesn't need to end. It needs to make a comeback. Some amount of shame is good...It's not just about being able to see a doctor it's also about being able to see your dick.
James Corden's Reply
Watch the video:
Some of James Corden's Highlights
I found it so surprising that he or anybody thinks that fat shaming needs to make a comeback. Because fat shaming never went anywhere.
There is a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we're not. Like we get it. We know. We know that being overweight isn't good for us.
It's proven that fat shaming only does one thing. It makes people feel ashamed and shame leads to depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. Self-destructive behavior like overeating.
Fat shaming is just bullying. That is what it is. It's bullying. And bullying only makes the problem worse.
Believe me, I can see a dick.
What I've Always Said About Body Positivity and Fat Shaming
I may just be a cartoon mascot but I know what's right and wrong. Look around this website and you'll see what I said back in 2016:
We’re out to change the way extended sizes are treated by the fashion industry. Nobody needs to tell Big and Tall men like us that it’s okay to be big; we’re tired of being treated like a sensitive topic. Big Boy Bamboo is a big man clothing brand from Las Vegas that treats Big and Tall men with respect, which means we’re honest, real, and provide soft clothes products that are actually designed for the men who will wear them.
Paunch Panda's Official Reply to Bill Maher and Fat Shaming
"And yes, I definitely see a dick now.
Fuck you Bill Maher, you elitist prick."
Paunch Panda, Out!