On Hold with Atchka! and MeMe Roth
Warning: This is an interview with MeMe Roth. That should be warning enough.
This interview took place the very next day after I was kicked off the Fatosphere, and I was all kinds of angry. I was angry at the way I was excluded from the Fatosphere; I was angry at the factions within Fat Acceptance who I had fought tooth and nail almost from the beginning; and I was angry at the fat-hating bullshit that proliferated the media.
At the center of all that fat-hating bullshit stood MeMe Roth, who routinely took to the airwaves to wave the biggest pair of pants she could find in order to shame fatties for daring to exist. To me, MeMe symbolized everything that was wrong with the anti-obesity hysteria that has permeated our culture for decades, and has been worked into a rabid lather in the past decade or so.
This interview (which I included in the Skorch article I wrote) begins with MeMe suggesting that fat men are impotent, effeminate losers, so it quickly devolved into a heated debate. At one point in the interview, I pressed MeMe until she was too stunned to answer one of my questions. I consider MeMe’s rare moment of silence one of the Crown Jewels of my career, thus far.
This interview also served as the catalyst for launching Fierce, Freethinking Fatties. It set the tone for the work we would ultimately do on our blog, confronting fat hatred head on and questioning those whose “common sense” beliefs lack the evidence to back up their claims.
After nearly 45 minutes of a tense exchange, I ended our discussion rather abruptly when I’m finally get sick of her shit and told her what I really think of her. If you’ve ever wanted to hear MeMe get treated the way she treats those she debates, then this is the interview for you.
In a way, I feel like the end of this interview/debate was my way of saying what so many people would like to say to MeMe Roth: shut the fuck up. And while I realize that stooping to her level is not the best approach to take, it was quite the cathartic moment for me.
On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that if I ever debate MeMe again, I could do so without wallowing in the mud with her because, as I’ve said in my previous interview summaries, this interview took place back when my knowledge of the issue was still in its infancy.
Now that I’ve spent two years immersed in self-education on this issue, I know I could just as easily eviscerate MeMe’s opinions based on facts alone.
I’m looking forward to that day.
You can read the original introductory post here.
UPDATE: I forgot I had written this post after the MeMe Roth debate to fact check myself.