In a world where mutants exist, they're hated, because naturally people hate what they don't understand, and people simply could not understand this mutation. So, they felt threatened. And in their world you'll feel threatened too. But you've got to admit, that even though you'd hate them you would love to have those powers. Haven't you ever wished you could have at least one super power? I can't give you the formula for any but one; invisibility. Want to be invisible? Simple. Be fat.
We live in a world where you're first of all judged by how you look, before anything else. And it does not matter if you're the smartest, the nicest, the wittiest, if you're fat. Your opinions don't matter, you're never given priority, you're treated like you're less than the next person, all because you're fat.
I watched Whitney on My Big Fat Fabulous Life yesterday. Have you met Whitney? She's one of the coolest people I've seen on TV in a while, and she's a darn good dancer too. She's got grace and fluidity on the dance floor, she pops it and drops it like its hot. Pretty amazing for someone who weighs 173kg. Yet after the release of that amazing dance video she got so much heat and bullying on the Internet and in actual life than one person should have to deal with. In one of her diary sessions after someone verbally assaulted her on the road for being fat she cried (but mind you, Whitney is not a weak person) and said, it's sad that you'll attack me for being fat. You don't know me, you don't know my life, you don't know what I'm good at, you don't know what I can do for you, but you write me off simply because I'm fat. And while I've never been that heavy, I could honestly relate.
I've experienced what it feels like to be ignored in a room full of people, simply because you're above the weight society considers acceptable. I know how it feels to be written off even before you're given a chance. I had people treat my opinions and feelings like they're invalid all because I'm fatter than the next person. I've felt the burning sting of having a very close "friend" crop me out of ALL the pictures taken at a party because my fat ass did not go well with her cool image and cool lifestyle. I've gone on a blind date with someone my friend set me up with, only to never hear from him afterwards, because I look like a blimp (his words). Now this is not a pity party, thankfully I have the ability to shed weight fast when I want to and I'm doing just that... But, that doesn't take away from the hurt you feel when you realize that you're seen as less, simply because your waist size is more.
My friend Nancy attended an interview, Nancy was a size 18 at the time. At the end of the interview her interviewer was kind enough to tell her she wouldn't get the job. She also gave her a little advice; you want a job, lose some weight. Nobody will take you seriously with your size, plus you don't reflect the image this brand tries to project; glamour. You can't be fat and glamorous. Ouch!
I see Nancy isn't the only one with such an experience. (Let me summarize the above. That experience lead the lady to begin her weight loss journey and so far she's lost over 30kg. Yippee!!!)
I have struggled to grasp the rationale behind this. Having been at both ends of the spectrum I've been deferred to by people because I was skinny, and been degraded by the same people because I was fat. I've marveled at their thinking. I am the same person at both times. My personality was the same, my IQ the same, my temperament the same, my achievements the same, my ideals the same... But my weight was different and that made all the difference.
But here's the reality. Nobody owes you anything, nobody owes you respect or affection. I'm not demanding that from anyone, and I'm not demanding that you show that to someone. All I'm saying is don't be a freaking douchebag! Stop making snap judgements. If you're going to judge, ignore or despise someone, then it should be because of something they've done, not because of the way they look. Being fat does not make a person less of a person. Be kind! And if you're one of those that sneer in derision when you see an overweight person, or curse underneath your breath and mutter "fat fuck" or "fat fool", my dear you need Jesus!
And if you're overweight, nothing beats a healthy lifestyle. Eat less, eat clean and be active. Don't do it for "society". Do it because you owe it to yourself to be the best version of you you can possibly be.
Oh, and if doing it for the meanies is the push you need, then go right ahead. Show them!
I don't mean to rant. I just felt some type of way after watching My Big Fat Fabulous Life last night, because that girl is so amazing! Granted, I wondered why she let herself get so big, especially as she's such an energetic dancer (that girl can give Kaffy a run for her money, 173kg and all!). But hearing comments left on social media by human beings made me want to puke. The world is so full of meanies!
*Looks right and you and squints eyes* Are you a meanie?