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Time to get a life, fat shamers

August 15, 2014

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The latest attempt at mocking fat people for being fat in public made headlines on the Today Show. Someone created a Facebook page called “530 Fatties” which showed pictures of mostly fat teenagers in the Sutter and Yuba, California areas (the 530 is the area code) and allowed others to make nasty comments about them. 

Today anchor Willie Geist was even more outraged, saying, “It’s disgusting. And you wonder about the kind of person who takes the time and energy to build a page to shame people like that.” Facebook took the page down after several other attempts were made to put it back online.

There are so many hobbies and interests to get involved in, and yet there are those who dedicate their so-called lives to make sites like 530 Fatties, People of Walmart, People of Public Transit and numerous subreddits (which I won’t link to) devoted to hating on fat people just for breathing.

Is it really so fun and interesting scrolling through pages and pages of pictures of fat people shopping, riding on buses and subways, and doing other routine activities and posting a comment about their weight? It’s not like us fatties are some new species. I’m sure fat shamers get away from their computers, phones and tablets sometime to go out in public. They see us out and about every day. We are probably in their family, their workplace and their circle of friends. The constant need to engage in anonymous ridicule from behind a screen makes no sense.

It is time for these trolls to get a life, so to speak. It is time for them to stop feeling so superior and building up their confidence by tearing others down, and I’m glad Facebook finally got the message and took action. We’re all human beings and we deserve to be treated with dignity. There is no dignity in hating strangers just for being fat.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2014 1:27 pm

    Interesting timing… Just yesterday, I was surprised to see something I had posted (anonymously) on someone’s Tumblr had been screencapped and shared on one of those infamous subreddits. The things the people there were saying about me were untrue, but in a bigger-picture way, it led to wonder these same things. Why do they do it? Why do so many people take pleasure in tearing others down?

  2. August 15, 2014 1:39 pm

    The people that inhabit reddit and do these kinds of things on the Internet tend to be male and there is this huge thing with the MRA and that they are misogynistic in nature. Fat women are mostly targeted on these sites of course as these manchildren feel insecure in themselves so much and want to blame it on women, rather, that they are entitled to having women fawn over them but of course they got to be hot, sexy trophy women. In short, most of these fat shamers are neckbeard fedora losers.

  3. vesta44 permalink
    August 15, 2014 1:46 pm

    I think the anonymity of the internet allows people to say things online that they wouldn’t say to a fat person directly (or any other marginalized group of people, for that matter). I know for a fact that people will say nasty things about me online, but these are people who don’t know me, will never know me, and wouldn’t have the balls to say it to me to my face because they know damned good and well they’d get shot down in a heartbeat (verbally for sure, and maybe even physically if they piss me off enough).
    If their lives are so pathetic that the only way they can feel good about themselves is to try and make others feel badly about themselves, then those trolls are to be pitied (and pity is not a good thing to have aimed at you). They do need to get a life, but that’s the problem right there – they don’t know how to have a life, let alone have a life that is happy and fulfilling. If they did, they’d be out living it and not stuck on a computer somewhere, making fun of people they don’t know and probably will never know.

  4. August 15, 2014 2:51 pm

    It strikes me as being pathological personality disordered behavior. Ugly as he//.

  5. Dizzyd permalink
    August 17, 2014 7:29 pm

    All I can say is that it’s good of the Today Show and Facebook to express disgust and try to put a stop to it. See? Even those not necessarily of the FA movement are seeing that something is terribly wrong with the compulsive need of jerks to put others down under cover of anonymity on social media. It’s too bad that these pathetic people can’t see how it makes them look bad to those of us who are decent. And the sad thing is, they kept trying to put it back up, as if they couldn’t be deprived of their sad little source of so-called “entertainment”. That just says something about them – that they are so miserable deep down inside that they can’t stand the thought that we’re out here enjoying life and not wallowing in misery like they are, so they try to pull us down too. Even if you’re fat and struggling with depression, you can get help, and you can know deep down that you deserve to enjoy life, because you’re not making other people miserable on purpose just for your own sick kicks. I really hope the trolls see that this only reflects badly on them, it says nothing about the people they pick on. And Vesta? Keep being your big, awesome self!!! 🙂

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