September 14, 2015

THANK YOU FOR NOT GORGING:

Can 'fat shaming' be defended? (Mukul Devichand, 9/12/15, BBC Trending)

[O]n the internet this week, many people weren't laughing along with Nicole Arbour. She is the comedian whose six-minute video, "Dear Fat People," got over 25 million views on Facebook and YouTube.

It's a pointed rant full of broadsides aimed at obese people and the notion that it's OK to be overweight. She says being obese is like a form of "assisted suicide". "Fat-shaming is not a thing," she says in her video. "Fat people made that up. If we offend you so much that you lose weight, I'm OK with that."

So many people "flagged" the YouTube version of the video that it triggered the network's safeguards against offensive content and was briefly taken down - along with her entire channel. She then made headlines, calling that mechanism "censorship".

The notion that you shouldn't be ashamed of self-destructive behavior is bizarre.  But even odder is how the PC set picks their protected behaviors.  Why, after all, is smoking a legitimate target but not buggery or gluttony?

Posted by at September 14, 2015 7:32 PM
  

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