The-F-Word turns one year old today – hurrah! I meant to celebrate the anniversary with a video shot on my brand spankin’ new MiniDV, but to be honest, I had no clue what the date was today until just a few hours ago.
So, no video blogs, at least, not just yet. But the blog is not entirely without its birthday dues. I received a call today inviting me to be on Fox’s Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on Monday morning in New York. The fabulous Mo from Big Fat Deal will be joining me in response to the New York Times article on fat acceptance bloggers.
Wait, wait. Here’s the best part. We’re on with a Dr. Jennifer Ashton and….. drum roll…. Meme Roth.
I had vowed never to mention Roth’s name on my blog – she’s vile and I don’t want my blog’s good karma tainted with her hate-mongering – so I never thought I’d ever share oxygen with the woman. But the chance to promote the idea of fat and body size acceptance on a national platform is too good to pass up.
The show’s producer has promised to provide me with Roth’s talking points before the show, but we can probably deduce the bulk of them already – “fat’s unhealthy, fat’s ugly, I shouldn’t have to pay more for fat people’s health care” ad nauseum. I pointed out to the show’s producer that people engage in all sorts of activities that increase their change of injury or illness and we don’t deny those people health care. Women who visit tanning beds have an increased risk of skin cancer, I told her. People who eat red meat have an increased risk for colon and stomach cancers.
“Yeah, and what if Meme blows out her knee one day exercising?” pointed out the producer. “I never thought about that before.”
I suddenly felt much better about the interview.
So, my husband and I are flying out Sunday night to do the show live at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The producer asked me if I would be willing to do a pre-recorded segment to air before the show telling my “story.” Hmm… an additional 5 minutes talking time without Roth and company to interrupt me and try and prove me wrong? Okay! So, a camera crew is coming to my home on Saturday to film yours truly and maybe her introvert husband. This is gonna’ be real great, considering our upstairs landing is in the state of remodeling and looks like a bomb exploded.
I have to admit, when I was told the show aired on Fox, I had my concerns. My Republican, conservative brother will never let me live it down – as he points out, “I watch Fox, but at least I’m not on Fox.” But I’ve watched a few clips of past shows, including one on the Kimkin’s Diet scam and another where Joy Nash and Kelly Bliss totally one-upped Meme Roth in the wake of Nash’s Fat Rant video. The show seems pretty fair, with both sides able to present their views.
I do have to wonder about just how fairly our views will be presented by a show that recently sent an overweight girl to fat camp so she can begin “the first day of the rest of her life.”
I’m really nervous about this and just hope I’m able to offer quick and clever rebuts to the doctor and Roth. Fat acceptance is truly a radical notion for so many people. I don’t expect to change the minds of everyone, but if my message reaches even a few people, I’ve been successful.