(CNN)If you’re new to the body-positive conversation, fat-shaming might feel like a buzz word — but it’s a real thing, and it has very real consequences. Fat people experience systemic prejudice that is on par with racism and sexism — and by that I mean that statistical data documents that fat people are confronted with oppressive bias in economic, educational, medical, and social spaces.
A recent cover of The New Yorker parodied Trump by presenting him as Miss Congeniality. The image presents Trump as a failed fat beauty queen, teary-eyed in heels and a swimsuit; it is already the veritable ‘talk of the town’ because it is calling attention to his hypocrisy. In this moment, it’s important to remember that beneath this joke at Trump’s expense are sexist and fat-shaming ideas.
To shame and pigeon-hole anyone based on appearance is wrong. Perhaps you remember this — it was something we all learned in kindergarten or maybe even earlier. Then, we proceeded to carve out lives in a world that perpetuates body-policing of all kinds and lost sight of the fact that mean-spirited comments have repercussions.
Shift the script. Step away from oversimplified stereotypes that make negative assumptions about fatness and fat people.
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Trump shows disrespect towards people of all kinds. Give him a microphone and within minutes something racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic is bound to spill forth. So, his complete disregard for the consequences of treating fat people with demeaning brutality is no surprise.
What IS a surprise? That so many Americans believe that this bully, badly in need of a serious dose of moral guidance, should be president — that’s flabbergasting.
So, no, don’t fat-shame Trump. We are better than that.
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