Barbara Walters just said matter-of-factly to Ricki Lake on today's "The View", "As a kid who [wa]s overweight, you probably didn't have friends." And Ricki didn't say a word.
I need a moment to breathe. One second.
Ok, so WHAT?!?!??!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!!? Have we really reached the point as humans that saying absolutely any horrible, even false thing about fat women, even and ESPECIALLY if you're Barbara Walters, is not only acceptable but also deemed instantly true?? And Ricki, seriously? You were such a charismatic young woman with your own talk show and Broadway starring roles and fun personality that I would be APPALLED to learn that you didn't have friends. You couldn't speak up? Have you joined some new "not fat" club where you can't admit you used to be fat? I'm writing a letter to The View about this right now, but I really wonder if anyone else will???
For one thing, I was a fat kid. And guess what? I'm a big fat fat lady now too. And I've ALWAYS had friends. I daresay, I had more friends than I could handle. Being fat didn't get in my way making friends. You know what, this pisses me off gloriously.
As much as kids say what's on their mind in any situation, the truth is, adults are still, and always have been, the ones instilling hate and prejudice into kids' minds. Kids don't know that they're supposed to hate fat people. Adults tell them to hate fat people. So they listen.
If even one kid was awake during The View today and heard Barbara's comment, they might go be mean to the fat kid at school that they would have otherwise befriended, or at the very least left in peace. FUCK YOU Barbara Walters, and the other Barbara Walters' of the world.
As a fat woman, I am constantly reassured by people like Barbara Walters, random males on the street of all ages, Michelle Obama, and pretty much any form of media, that I am committing a huge crime by merely existing publicly. The number of times I get harrassed for being fat is shocking. Any time I walk by a group of men, I get tense. You know why? Because people like Barbara Walters are saying that it's normal, and indirectly inferring that it's acceptable, to be mean to, shun, and dislike fat people. Which automatically translates to fat women, and even more so since we don't have male privilege on our side. So men driving by me in cars can scream "oink oink" and cackle at me when I'm walking down the sidewalk. True story. One of many. Maybe one day I'll tell you more.
Thanks, Barbara, for making my point for me. You're disgusting, and so are all of your loser counterparts spreading these messages. You should be ashamed.