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So a friend posted the following photo through Instagram:
Comment from user lyonsbd: “This makes me sick! These people are seriously disgusting!”
My response: “Yikes to the ‘this makes me sick’ comment. Does it? #Rude”
Reply from lyonsbd: “what is ‘rude’ is how people show lack of self control as well as the lack of self respect when they get to this size! Pure laziness!”
Me: “So your original comment about these people being ‘disgusting’ was actually a noble call to arms for personal health and self-respect? Cool, thanks for clearing that up, very brave.”
Look, I’m not gonna sit here and pretend I’m a saint who never judges people based on their looks. “That guy needs a haircut. Your outfit is insane. I am outright astonished by those tattoos.” This is just a sample of my usual internal monologue. But I’ve never looked at someone who is obese and thought “Oh God, that’s fucking horrifying, they should be ashamed.” I note their size, sure, but I’d have to be pretty screwed up to maliciously rip them apart.
Clearly lyonsbd thought he could bash these women and everyone else would laugh along. My calling him out led to a laughably predictable response: Hiding behind noble rhetoric. This sort of tap dance is witnessed whenever anyone’s bullshit is put in the spotlight and shouldn’t be accepted at face value. If lyonsbd was truly concerned about issues of health and self-improvement he would have made that clear from the start and not spat at the feet of these strangers. No, his message was clear from the start: “I hate fat people.”
To those who are similarly insecure and elitist: Grow up. Shaming others for their appearance is the truly disgusting behavior, so focus on yourself instead and figure out why this brand of vicious judgment comes so easily. Hint: You’re probably ashamed of your own body. Get over it! Everyone needs to take this advice to heart, myself included. We can do better if we start now.
UPDATE: lyonsbd has posted no less than three photos of overweight men and women solely so he and his pals can make fun of them. One caption points out how “this is preventable” in a vague attempt to mask his sneering, but … come on. See above. Another photo is nothing but text that reads “I am against bullying.” This should clearly be amended to read as “I am against bullying when it applies to gay men, not overweight people. Feel free to bully the fuck out of them.” The rest of his photos are almost exclusively of him posing shirtless in front of mirrors because, big surprise, he’s obsessed with his appearance. #GoFigure
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