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Considering the immature and vile content of most of the comments to this particular blog entry, I rest my case and stand firm on my comments below. Thank you for proving my point. - Sue Ann
Today one of the postings on the Yahoo Group Don’t Tell Me What Size I Must Be was about a contest being held by the Opie and Anthony Show called Fatty Pig Fatty. The posting was by Velvet who happens to be the very same Velvet who was the plus size model recently featured (to much fanfare and flack) in the Gaultier fashion show. The gist of the contest is for fat women (please note: contest is NOT open to men) to go to the Opie and Anthony studio, put on a pig mask and weigh in. At the end of the contest the heaviest entrant will win $10 for every pound she weighs. There is also a Fatty Finders Fee if the woman is brought in by a “friend” (i.e., pimp fee).
Velvet called this contest “despicable in every sense of the word” and I agree. But what I find even MORE despicable (imagine that being said by Sylvester the Cat) is that women are ACTUALLY showing up for this contest. There are two hard truths at work here:
*There will always be morons like Opie and Anthony – can’t be helped. The stupid and ignorant will always be with us.
*There will always be people who will do anything for money – case in point, Fear Factor.
People (and I use that term loosely) like Opie and Anthony have a forum because people give them one. If people boycotted their show and didn’t encourage their immature and hurtful antics, maybe it would stop. But instead, their moronic behavior is revered and celebrated. It’s a simple fact, ignore the class bully and he will stop. Fear or applaud him and he will continue.
It’s also a known fact that very large women are often at or near the bottom of the economic chain. This easy money would be tempting for anyone. (I admit, the first thing I did was calculate how much money I could win – and that’s none of your beeswax.) But for every super-sized woman who showed up for this despicable contest there are thousands who didn’t; thousands of plus size women just trying to make their lives work in this crazy world just like everyone else; and women like Velvet strutting their stuff with glamour and pride. These are the women I applaud.
My advice to all the women tempted to enter the Opie and Anthony contest: JUST SAY NO!
My advice to all who want to follow the contest and/or this despicable show: JUST SAY NO!
Trust me, the world will be a better place.