“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct,” once said the British politician Benjamin Disraeli. Perhaps Jaime O”Neill should have taken this adage to heart.
Via the FatStudies Yahoo group comes news of a scathing, vitriolic editorial on exactly how fat Americans have become – and by proxy, lazy, dumb and unpatriotic, too. A sampling of his hate-filled messages:
But fat’s not funny anymore, not given the sheer number of fat people thundering through America’s malls and markets… You’re everywhere these days, people of a size once found only in tents where yokels paid a quarter to gawk at them. You’re not just fat; you’re huge, ponderous, beyond jumbo, a vast and undulating formidability of flesh, an avalanche of avoirdupois, a devolution of the species back to a future of protoplasmic balloon creatures.
You’re becoming a living metaphor for the way the United States is viewed by much of the rest of the planet: a rapacious, gluttonous, insatiable nation of swine, the Pig People of North America, the fat neighbors who are fouling the whole neighborhood, consuming everything in sight, and strewing waste in your wake.
Lots of those obese people deal with it by purchasing electric carts to haul themselves around in. You’d think when you’d gotten too damn fat to walk, that fact might be a wake-up call, a message from God or just an indication that something is a little out of whack in the old lifestyle department, but the message lots of Americans take from the confabulation of flab is that it’s time to motorize the motion.
Seeing those stats in the full and bounteous flesh, out in public, strolling in herds and swelling the size of crowds is, as I say, beginning to creep me out.
Fat, dumb and ugly is not the image most Americans have of themselves—or their nation—but until or unless we shape up, that’s pretty much the reality.
We must reclaim our bodies and our minds from those who’ve snatched them from us. If we can regain our bodies and our minds, maybe we can regain our country, too.
I think the sheer ignorance and overarching and on-its-face erroneous assumptions about fat speaks for itself.
The only information I could find on this imbecile is that he is a freelance writer and former community college teacher who lives in Magalia CA., near Sacramento. His wife Karen is a photographer. Write a letter to the editor at: sactoletters@ newsreview.com