There follows, in this article, after the picture, a bunch of names and weights, reducing these people to numbers and letters. Nevermind that. There follows a description of the horrid fatty foods they are forced to eat because they don’t know and can’t afford any better. Let me tell you, “Bacon Butties” sounds good, and I would eat them without a second thought if I knew what they were and if they were as awesome as they sound. Or maybe they suck and home-pan-fried bacon is better – and I’ll eat that, too, if I want. (I ate 4 slices the other day and they were positively wonderful!) They tell us how many calories these people eat in a day, as though it’s relevant to anything. (3000, if you were wondering.) But…this entire article is a bilious and ludicrous mish-mosh of nonsense. They eat this, they wish they could eat that, but really it’s genetic, and the bottom line is they deserve more free* money. What in the hell kind of message is that? It doesn’t even make internal sense. They want more money for being fat and not working but they want to avoid street harassment for their weight by eating vegetables and fruits which they can’t afford because of us greedy fucks and if only they could they could lose weight and not be harassed and then they could work and not be harassed but it’s all really genetic. Go ahead, read it, see if it makes more sense than that.
Look, I want to support the cause of people who are fat and deserve the same rights as everyone else – ALL the rights AND RESPONSIBILITIES of everyone else. I will not judge you for being fat. But let me tell you something, I work with people who are easily TWICE the size of these people in the picture, who make, frankly, a fuck of a lot more money than I do. Who make, in fact, what I only dream about. They get a tad annoyed when they get deeper taxes taken out of their paychecks to pay free* money to people who just don’t WANT to work. Sometimes, if you are fat, I understand that you can’t do ALL the jobs anyone else can do. You might have to drive a hi-lo or sit at a desk and do shipping paperwork, you know? But why not do SOMETHING? Now if you, as I do, have real concerns like asthma, you have to find work that understands this and allows you to sit. Like in a hi-lo. Or behind a desk. You have a MIND don’t you? You can’t do ANYTHING? ALL you can do is leech off the rest of us, who are EVERY BIT AS FAT but have to EARN our daily bread?
EDIT: I dashed this off in a hurry, and re-reading it I don’t think I was careful enough to add disclaimers, and frankly that was careless of me. While I don’t believe in confiscatory tax dollars to be spent on programs that aren’t in the legitimate scope of the government, of *course* I know that A) some people really need help and in a civilized society there can and should be many types of voluntary charitable organizations and options to provide that help. Not everyone can work a wage job or farm the land and there are many genuine needs. There is no reason for people to starve in the streets and I know that people are generous enough to not want that (apart from a few objectivists who wouldn’t mind that very much and B) Reporters, and especially this one, are often jerks and this thing was so full of weird spin I didn’t know where to begin.