I've come to the conclusion that the overweight are the only group left in society about which it is still acceptable to make gross generalizations and cruel jokes. How this all started is with this audioclip from a Michigan sports radio show, in which the host totally and completely loses his shit over Notre Dame's comeback against Michigan State. You absolutely must listen to the whole thing. I've listened to it five times now and it never gets old. Predictably, the host sneers about Coach Weis's weight (as every anti-ND media type likes to do, because they are woefully out of their reckoning when it comes to substantively criticizing his coaching or his program), yelling that MSU let Notre Dame get to the locker room at halftime where "fatboy" could "feed them pudding." (I'm telling you, the guy totally loses his shit.)
Then, the comments this post over at Ace of Spades, on a fashion designer using overweight models to make some sort of statement or something, show again that you can mock the overweight with impunity.
Why? What if that radio host had said, "They let Washington get to locker room at halftime where Ty Willingham could feed them some watermelon!!!!"? Look, I'm not trying to shame anyone or otherwise act like I'm above such things; I'm really not, though I'm try to be sensitive. I'm not about to call anyone a "sizist." I'm honestly curious as to the difference between remarking about a black guy loving watermelon and a fat guy loving pudding. Both seem rooted in ridiculous stereotype and are based solely upon the outward appearance of the target. Why is it okay to mock, persecute and discriminate against the overweight without fear of reprisal? Maybe it has to do with the idea that, while one cannot choose to be black or female, e.g., one can choose to be thin or obese, and thin is the choice that society deems the correct one. Hence, it is permissible to humiliate one who has made the wrong choice into making the right one. I'm not sure I'm buying that, though. I think, for the overwhelming majority, people make fat jokes because they can.