“Feeling sorry for anyone on this bus who doesn’t have headphones to drown out this fat bitch talking at max volume to her equally fat friend.”
This was a status written by someone I’m friends with on Facebook. It’s really, really fucking disheartening to learn that people can be like this towards someone they don’t know the first thing about, and imply that they’re a bad person, that the way they look is part of that. That it’s okay to insult them. Like looking, or not looking, a certain way makes them less of a person automatically. It’s even more horrible to see people, that you respected, like that status—as if they condone being derogatory towards a physical aspect of someone they haven’t been anywhere near.
a.) weight is not something that anyone has the authority to shame someone about. Especially if they don’t know this person.
b.) it’s not okay to immediately make correlations between ‘fat’ and something that they consider negative. Fat isn’t bad. Skinny isn’t bad. Bodies are fine. For God’s sake, celebrate the fact that we’re all different. The ‘fat bitch’ and her ‘equally fat friend’ are people, and are valued by others who love them, and aren’t shallow enough to insult something that isn’t a part of their character.
c.) maybe consider being more negative towards people who are rude, inconsiderate or selfish, and be negative about those qualities alone. Not their weight.
If they felt that strongly about this woman talking loudly, then the solution would have been to politely ask to lower the volume of her voice.
This is so, so disappointing.