Time to get a life, fat shamers
The latest attempt at mocking fat people for being fat in public made headlines on the Today Show. Someone created a Facebook page called “530 Fatties” which showed pictures of mostly fat teenagers in the Sutter and Yuba, California areas (the 530 is the area code) and allowed others to make nasty comments about them.
Today anchor Willie Geist was even more outraged, saying, “It’s disgusting. And you wonder about the kind of person who takes the time and energy to build a page to shame people like that.” Facebook took the page down after several other attempts were made to put it back online.
There are so many hobbies and interests to get involved in, and yet there are those who dedicate their so-called lives to make sites like 530 Fatties, People of Walmart, People of Public Transit and numerous subreddits (which I won’t link to) devoted to hating on fat people just for breathing.
Is it really so fun and interesting scrolling through pages and pages of pictures of fat people shopping, riding on buses and subways, and doing other routine activities and posting a comment about their weight? It’s not like us fatties are some new species. I’m sure fat shamers get away from their computers, phones and tablets sometime to go out in public. They see us out and about every day. We are probably in their family, their workplace and their circle of friends. The constant need to engage in anonymous ridicule from behind a screen makes no sense.
It is time for these trolls to get a life, so to speak. It is time for them to stop feeling so superior and building up their confidence by tearing others down, and I’m glad Facebook finally got the message and took action. We’re all human beings and we deserve to be treated with dignity. There is no dignity in hating strangers just for being fat.