Icy Inferno —
This post made me realize that we may need to create a rating for Jillian Michaels and all that she stands for.
Forget the Mayan calendar, I have definitive proof that the world is coming to and end, and that it will take place sooner, rather than later.
Why all the apocalyptic vagueries?
Ya know that one lady with who smiles when she makes fat people vomit? The woman I referred to as “Satan’s Sweatsock”? The woman who said she would give her kids coconut organic ice cream at $53.52 a gallon, but shames parents for giving their kids ice cream with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners (aka $2 a gallon Shop ‘n Save ice cream)? The woman who makes MeMe Roth* look like the shy sister?
Although you might recognize her better here:
Well, she and I are in agreement on something.
Time to lock ourselves in the basement with our Glenn Beck 72 Hour Survival Kit.
While I think that Jillian has many, many issues surrounding obesity and fat people, she is still a human being with the experience of being a heavy child. And given my own experience, I can’t really judge how being fat affected her as a kid, although it does seem like further proof that stigmatizing fat kids is extremely dangerous. Imagine how many Jillian Michaelses we’ve unleashed upon the world by treating them terribly as fat kids.
Although I appreciate Jillian speaking up against Strong4Life, I also want to shake her by the spandex lapels and scream “How can you not see that doing this to fat people…
… paves the way for a $50 million campaign like this!?!?!?”
But baby steps, right? It’s a step in the right direction and it’s the most humane thing I’ve seen from her, maybe ever. And, no, I do not count those “touching” segments in The Biggest Loser when she listened to the fatty unload emotional baggage, then offered platitudes and wrapped it up with hug. I just don’t buy the humanity they’re selling in these segments, since they are almost always followed by a session of verbal abuse and degradation lobbed at the fatties who fail to achieve the strength, endurance and agility that Jillian Michaels demands.
And nobody can convince me that The Biggest Loser is a positive experience for anyone (except those who profit from its success) until they go back and revisit every single contestant, and show us the long term results of their social experiment.
If anyone wants to pay me to do that, I’d be on that story in a heartbeat.
But I digress…
The condemnation of Jillian Michaels (her condemning Strong4Life, not me condemning her) seems almost more significant than the condemnation of the NIH.
Now, when you’re done laughing, I want to make the case because I’m serious.
No, really, I’m serious. Jillian Michaels might trump the NIH.
Because Jillian Michaels’ voice may resonate more with anti-obesity types than the NIH, sadly enough.
And you know what? I welcome that voice.
I don’t give a shit if it’s a marketing ploy to sell her latest video series, “Hugs and Kisses for Fat Bastards.” If Jillian Michaels will speak out against Strong4Life, then I welcome her as an Unnatural Ally.
I will quote the shit out of this, “shaming children is NEVER the solution for any problem,” in order to force Strong4Life into submission… but in the very next breath I’ll still tell Jillian Michaels that her approach to adult obesity and health every bit as wrong.
Don’t forget to join our Super-Happy, Friendly and Polite Write-In Campaign to Carter’s (Operation Get Carter’s) and email the leadership of Carter’s a brief message asking them to stop supporting Strong4Life. I have a source at Carter’s who told me that although they’ve been non-committal in public, they have contacted CHOA and are demanding an end to the billboards, so please email them again and ask them to keep it up!
*On January 4, MeMe Roth confirmed that she was, indeed, still a terrible person.