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TOPIC: "Dear Fat People"

"Dear Fat People" 08 Sep 2015 21:21 #7523

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Tonight, I was watching E! News and a story was brought up about a youtube video of a comedian fat shaming people. Since it made the news, I decided to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. The video was just a long rant about how fat people should stop complaining about being fat. There were also remarks made that could be offensive and are probably why the video got so much negative attention. The attention that this video has received shows how much social media can bring notice to a specific topic if talked about enough.

Youtube is such a popular website for people to post videos that they want to be seen and they want to get attention. Sometimes, these videos are for good reasons and causes, others are as a hobby/career, and then and cases like this, it's just a place for people to offensively voice their opinion. Now, I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I also believe that you should treat everyone with respect. While the comedian was entitled to post what she wanted, she is receiving a ton of backlash for her video. I guess this is just another example of how this generation is learning to be careful with what they post online.

We have all probably posted something online that we shouldn't have - whatever it may be - but it's just like making mistakes in real life. It's hard to realize that what you're doing online could turn out as bad as it could because you are doing it online so it doesn't seem like it'll have the same effects as it would "in real life". That's the main issue with posting negative comments online is that since it is not face-to-face interaction, it doesn't seem as bad. Watching this video and seeing it online just made me realize once again how quickly things online can spread and how much they can still affect people, even when it isn't "to their face". We can't control everything that happens on the Internet but making issues like this well known can help stop others from falling into that trap.
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"Dear Fat People" 13 Sep 2015 14:51 #7560

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I completely understand where you are coming from in the sites of shamming fat people but the media made it out to seem a lot worse then it actually was. I saw the video as well. I didn't laugh, I didn't think it was funny and I dont want what I am about to say to be offensive but I dont think she was aiming it at people who have issues loosing weigh, health issues and so on and so fourth. She was aiming it at people who complain "I'm fat" but don't do anything about it. She went on a rant because she was tired of people complaining at there perfectly controllable life style but don't make changes to make them happy. I have a lot of over weight family who are always complaining but they continue to eat fast food, not work out, drink soda pop....it really does get tiring after a while...
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"Dear Fat People" 26 Feb 2016 14:50 #8907

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Our world of instant media is changing the ability to have a say or a "voice" and in my expereince I see how the ability to make a public response about something has made us way more sensitive to everything. Not only can we now comment on everything we are dissatisfied or upset with but anybody in the world who has access to an internet is able to view our comment then respond! It's like being apart of a global conversation all the time. This video about fat shamming is an example of that. Comedians have used shaming since the beginning of comedy and it used to just "come with the territory" if you were in the audience watching a comic 30 years ago you weren't able to record their act and post it if you started to feel uncomfortable, you just sat there and maybe talked to your friends about it later. Now, this instant access allows us to record, post and purge! Then the seduction of replies and attention starts to come and that has become an addiction for many, many people. Someone, somewhere is out there and needs to be heard, so they will find anything to be "angry" about and use the ability to post a video to project their frustrations and without a doubt get some attention for it. It's crazy making if you really think about it. Thanks for sharing Emily! Sarah
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