Monday, 9 March 2020

Bette Midler, Twitter, and How Not To Fight trump

No Justification for fatshamingIf you follow Bette Midler on Twitter, you know that she is known for biting political commentary against the current “administration.” But recently she used her feed to demonstrate exactly what not to do in the fight against donald:

Text: “Is it my imagination, or has Porky added some avoirdupois to his singularly unattractive form? #TrumpbeenSNACKING”

I’m not sure she could have made more mistakes here if she tried.

First of all, you can’t believe that fat-shaming is ok for some people but wrong for others. That’s just being a hypocrite. There is no way to fat-shame anyone without reinforcing the idea that it’s ok to fat-shame everyone. Every justification for fat-shaming donald (yes, even that one) is total bullshit.

Second, the answer to the white supremacy, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, misogyny, sexual assault, grifting, and all the other wrongs committed by donald and his regime is not to fat-shame them and call them names. Even if you agree with donald that name-calling is appropriate behavior, responding to this kind of horror and oppression with name-calling actually minimizes the offenses.

Adding in a bit of food-shaming to the fat-shaming won’t bother donald, but it can harm people of all sizes dealing with disordered eating and eating disorders.

Nobody is obligated to do activism, but if you’re going to be involved, please consider making a base-level commitment to not harm to marginalized groups through your work. The Divine Miss M needs to know better and do better.

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