My wife told me this morning that she found it outlandish that as a society we are very hypocritical. There is a huge movement somewhere out there pushing for fat acceptance and encouraging people to just be happy with who they are. It is to this reasoning that I write today…
My wife made reference to the following story she read online (http://www.koreabang.com/2012/pictures/celebrity-tweets-photo-of-fat-foreigner-is-forced-to-apologise.html). This might not be the exact article she was reading, but it provides context to my frustration. People are really quick to bash this actress for speaking her mind. Yes, this actress is fit…for better or worse, her job requires her to be. She received a great deal of backlash for poking fun at another patron in the restaurant who appeared overweight.
What I don’t understand is this. If I am skinny and I make fun of someone who is overweight, I get told that I am wrong for doing so. Yet, these same people tell me that I need to go eat a cheese burger because I am too skinny. So, then it is okay if I am fat, to make fun of someone who is skinny?
We as a society seem to have a problem with body acceptance and more importantly tolerance. If someone is too skinny we mock them, if someone is fat, we mock them. If someone looks normal, we mock them. Why do we have to mock? Why can’t we simple accept the fact that all of our bodies will be different and they will be the result of our lifestyle choices.
Do I think what the S. Korean actress did was wrong…? Yes, and no. I think as a public figure, she should understand that everything she does will be under careful watch so everything she does, says, or posts can be taken offensively. She should be mindful and always try to put the best foot forward in order to set the best example. It’s part of the assumed “public figure” contract. She has a right to her opinion, everyone does. I don’t think that applying abusive criticism is the best way to discourage her from making her private thoughts public.
As individuals we all have rights, and they only extend as far as reaching the next person. In the US, I have freedom of speech, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon another persons freedom of speech. I must always be mindful that what I say may infringe upon someone another persons freedoms, therefore I need to choose what I say carefully. I guess it all boils down to resisting the urge to be spontaneous, and think before you act.