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Suck It, CNN!

Who in the Sam Hill approved this guanofest of an ‘article’, and how soon will that person be in an unemployment line?

You see, Laura Day of Oprah.com was given precious web space to say on an otherwise usually reasonably respectable news source that if you’re fat, it’s because you’re self-medicating with food for someone else’s emotional problems. And it’s true! Because she says it is! And because she uses lots and lots of exclamation points!

It’s an unquestionable fact(!) that other peoples’ emotional issues are germs that lie in wait for us all, like athlete’s foot in a shower. That’s why so many fat people have thin spouses. The fat one is eating the thin partner’s emotional problems.

I guess the good news is that fat people have no emotional problems at all. It’s all the thin people who are emotionally scrambled! But being fat is still our fault because we haven’t placed sufficient boundaries around ourselves to keep from overeating for other, more screwed-up people.

Seriously, this sort of twaddle ought never to be published by any vaguely respectable source save as a target for the most rigorous ridicule.

For publishing this nauseating pile of steaming horse hockey, suck it, CNN!

4 Responses to “Suck It, CNN!”

  1. Mifty August 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    If someone presented this to me at any publication I worked for, I’d have thrown it back as unpublishable as soon as I read the ridiculous words “Food is a drug.”

    Much of it is the usual “all fat people eat like pigs, hate themselves, and have no boundaries” claptrap. At least the idea that fat people and thin people are paired up because “one person is eating for the other person’s hunger” is novel — indeed, it is bizarre. As is the idea that one should emotionally distance oneself from people in trouble because their problems might make you eat more and become even fatter. Apparently betraying people who rely on you is preferable to weight gain. Though I imagine, for this writer, burial alive is preferable to weight gain (and if you didn’t suffocate first, you’d probably die skinny!).

    Except in the sense of its being ineptly written, I can’t say I’m surprised this comes from an Oprah-branded writer. Oprah, for all her accomplishments, is a leading purveyor of fatphobic nonsense, and there is not much that her publications won’t say about fat people. Except, of course, that we are varied and complex individuals, considered by some to be remarkably similar to human beings.

  2. Cat August 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Rock on, Twistie. I saw this article a few days ago and was astounded that such complete and utter gibberish had been published.

  3. ChaChaheels August 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m not astounded by the fact that an Oprah-business-entity paid for and published this article and this writer. The woman sells books, and fat-hate books are a mega-billion dollar business. I’m also not astounded that CNN had anything to do with this article, either. There’s quite a lot mainstream media leave to be desired, a complete lack of believability is just one of its many problems.