Gonna Fisk that Fat Right Off of His Ass

In a story as intellectually devoid at the delegates that it covers, ABC reports that Delegates Call Moore ‘Fat Pig’:

You can call Michael Moore a lot of things — and Republicans do. They say the creator of “Fahrenheit 9-11” is a traitor, a liar, a scoundrel, but inevitably some deploy the last acceptable slur in the American arsenal of insults.

They call him … a fat man.

I guess communist looting liar hypocrite isn’t really an insult as far as ABC is concerned.

Now Moore is a large man. Even fellow leftist Ralph Nader has said he should lose weight. “He’s over 300 pounds. He’s like a giant beach ball,” Nader said.

Well, I’ll grant them one thing — when Nadar and the average Republican are agreeing on something, there is more than a nugget of truth there.

But the Republicans’ repeated fat insults are testimony to two truths:

1. They really, really, really dislike Michael Moore.

2. In the 21st century, fat is still an acceptable and powerful slur.

1) I think that ABC vastly overestimates how far you have to push the average American to get them to laugh at a fat man. (See: Louis Anderson, Chris Farley, John Pinnette, Dom Delouise, Jackie Gleason, Peter Griffon, Homer Simpson…)

2) Fat is an acceptable slur for an important reason: for the vast majority of the obese, it is a result of lifestyle choices. Yes, there are different body types, but to get to the Moore level you have to let yourself go.

The Republicans are “behaving exactly like the third-grade bullies who tormented me as a child,” says Marilyn Wann, author of the book “FAT!SO?” “Any time you invoke the f-word” — and here she means “fat,” not another f-word — “you’re using an incredibly powerful weapon.”

Awwww… Mawiwan is a fat advocate. You want to know what a powerful weapon is, Mary? This is a powerful weapon. A word is just a word. Anyone know if Kerry voted against that one too?

Moore says he once was skinny, but put on weight in the 1980s when he lived on $99 a week in unemployment and subsisted on cheap, starchy foods. He wants to lose weight, he has said.

Riiiiiiiight. You know what? About a billion Chinese live on cheap, starchy foods with less than $99 a week, and they aren’t big people. Regardless, once you got your first $5 million, if you are still not losing weight, it is because you are still making choices that don’t cause you to lose weight. You would like it if you weren’t as heavy, but you don’t want to spend any effort on it.

(Via Unca Monkey)

One Comment

  1. Mexigogue says:

    For some reason Sally Struthers advocating for the starving Ethiopians comes to mind.