Michelle Obama Decries Fat Jokes! NOT.

May 17th, 2014 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

On May 3, 2014, the White House Correspondents Dinner brought together the political-media-Hollywood elite in annual, one-of-a-kind event. The entertainment was provided by Joel McHale who took the opportunity to pepper his act with a number of fat jokes. Targets included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and fat Mexican immigrants.

So, given Michelle Obama’s concern about childhood obesity, you think she might have said something. The Obamas  have decried bullying, school lunches, opponents of education of girls, religious intolerance, racial intolerance, homophobia, anti-Semitism, junk food marketing to children, fast food, and too much television viewing. So, it isn’t like they have not used the ‘bully pulpit’ before.

You might think that Michelle would see an opportunity to tell the nation’s poli-media-entertainment elite that fat jokes should go the way of gay jokes, ethnic jokes, racial jokes and religious jokes. How much of obesity does she not get? When the nation’s elites signal that fat people are fair game for stigmatization, they authorize everyone else to stigmatize and discriminate.

A few days later, basketball star Charles Barkley decided that the women of San Antonio were fair game for fat bashing. Kudos to NAAFA and the Obesity Action Coalition for standing up; Michelle Obama sure won’t.

 

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