Recently Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been attacked and concern-trolled over his weight; more specifically, that he has the utter gall to fat it around in the political arena. Even though Christie has said multiple times he’s not interested in running for president in the 2012 elections, it appears that trying to keep him out of the race he’s probably not going to enter was too much a temptation for some fatphobic concern trolls in the media.
However, what surprised the hell out of me is that after a round of attacks on Christie, came a round of defense, and not necessarily from his political allies. Turns out Atlantic columnist and economist/blogger Megan McArdle has done her homework on fat rights and size issues. Go Megan! You don’t know how rare you are, most journos and bloggers just swallow the obesity panic hype straight-up. Also, Jonathan Chait (Paul Campos’ co-author) has an article defending Chris Christie against fatphobic attacks. There are a few other defenders, some from the Fatosphere itself.
Without further ado, here’s the roundup.
ATTACKS ON/CONCERNS ABOUT CHRISTIE’S WEIGHT
- Eugene Robinson. “Chris Christie’s Big Problem.” The Washington Post, Sept. 29th, 2011
- Michael Kinsley. “Can ‘People of Weight’ Become President?” Bloomberg, Sept. 29th, 2011
- Bill Press and Connie Lawn – Christie shouldn’t run for president because he’s too fat.
- Timothy Noah. “Guess Chris Christie’s Weight!” The New Republic, Sept 30, 2011 (while he doesn’t attack Christie on moral grounds, he does turn his commenters into carnival-style weight-guessers, and Christie’s body into a sideshow)
- Henry Blodget. “Don’t Mean to be Rude, but is Chris Christie Too Fat to be President?” The Business Insider, Sept. 30, 2011
- ‘Today’ Show Panel Wonders if Chris Christie is Too Fat to be President (Newsbusters.org)
- All fat bodies are made into a public concern – Brian at Red3 Blog, Sept. 29, 2011
- David Letterman Chris Christie and the Power of Yes and No – Ragen Chastain at Dances With Fat, Sept. 30, 2011
DEFENSE OF CHRISTIE AGAINST FATPHOBIC ATTACKS
- Jonathan Chait. “Chris Christie is Fat. So What?” New York Magazine, Sept. 30, 2011
- Megan McArdle. “Fat Politics.” The Atlantic, Sept. 30, 2011
- Ezra Klein. “Chris Christie is not too fat to be president.” The Washington Post, Sept. 30, 2011
- Daniel Engber. “Chris Christie and the Return of Fat Politics.” Slate, Sept. 30, 2011
I also have a few posts from during the NJ governor’s campaign on Chris Christie, his weight, and how it might play into his political life and the public perception of fat people:
- Chris Christie and the Future of Fat Politicians (Nov. 2, 2009)
- Will Chris Christie’s Fat Frankness Turn the Tide? (Oct. 30, 2009)
What do you think of this hullabaloo over Christie’s weight?