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Just watched a guy get kicked off Weakest Link for being fat despite not getting any questions wrong (abeit, was only asked one). One other contestant actually stated it was " because he might need… Read More
stevieglesga Avatar
7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Just watched a guy get kicked off Weakest Link for being fat despite not getting any questions wrong (abeit, was only asked one).

One other contestant actually stated it was " because he might need a seat as he was....fat".

Now, most fat people have only themselves to blame and will admit this (if thy are honest) but this seems to be a regular theme on Weakest Link with Anne Robinson being regularly scathing of them. Would they mock someone who lost a limb due to diabetes caused by poor eating or someone who self harms?

Since when did greed = stupidity (unless you include lack of self control).

Seems fat people are fair game and i tentatively await replies to this thread

"What is tolerance? -- it is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly -- that is the first law of nature."

Voltaire
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
She's rich to stereotype others for weight problems etc, wonder how she feels about those of us that object to plastic surgery? Or is she so stuck up her own ass that perfection to her is only to undergo the knife?
#2
in this case i think there is no other excuse they can think of to get rid of them! But if he wasn't fat they may of said oh didnt like there hairstyle etc etc
#3
One other contestant actually stated it was " because he might need a seat as he was....fat".

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9158/tomcruise.jpg

is the link on bbc iplayer, link plz?
#4
black gerbil1
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9158/tomcruise.jpg

is the link on bbc iplayer, link plz?


Still on. Might be a tad early for iplayer, And get it yourself- i'm away to have something to eat:whistling:
[mod]#5
Weight problem? With most problems there are solutions...in this instance...exercise and cutting down on what you eat...unless it is glandular (which I love hearing).
#6
bod emrys
Shouldn't go on that show if you can't take the insults


You're missing the point. Surely slagging someone's hair, jumper, stupid answers or vocation is one thing but to mock people's physical appearance is maybe a little uncalled for.
#7
tell ya the problem if its ok to take the michael over peoples weight then for me any difference is fair game simple as
#8
magicjay1986
Weight problem? With most problems there are solutions...in this instance...exercise and cutting down on what you eat...unless it is glandular (which I love hearing).


Agree for majority of fat people but weight gain can be cyclical and emotionally crippling. Yes, they should eat less and do more but that is the answer in its purest form. A lot more complex than that surely?
#9
potterbell
tell ya the problem if its ok to take the michael over peoples weight then for me any difference is fair game simple as


And there lies the problem. Just where do you stop and why is fattie bashing deemed appropriate?
#10
stevieglesga
And there lies the problem. Just where do you stop and why is fattie bashing deemed appropriate?

Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which an asian boy and overweight boy both got personal. Why was the verbal abuse in this incident acceptable for one but not the other? One boy was suspended other boy got off scott free double standards.
#12
potterbell
Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which an asian boy and overweight boy both got personal. Why was the verbal abuse in this incident acceptable for one but not the other? One boy was suspended other boy got off scott free double standards.


Because the Asian boy has no control over being Asian, but the overweight boy can become thin ?
#13
potterbell
Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which an asian boy and overweight boy both got personal. Why was the verbal abuse in this incident acceptable for one but not the other? One boy was suspended other boy got off scott free double standards.


You never know the overweight boy might be eating the asain boy as we speak:thumbsup:
#14
potterbell
Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which an asian boy and overweight boy both got personal. Why was the verbal abuse in this incident acceptable for one but not the other? One boy was suspended other boy got off scott free double standards.


Simple. Legislation. Being obese isn't covered by any of the discrimination laws. While being racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist are
#15
Babbabooey
Because the Asian boy has no control over being Asian, but the overweight boy can become thin ?


The correct answer is neither is acceptable both are bullying. The boy in question doesnt enyoy been overweight or the abuse he receives.
#16
bod emrys
Shouldn't go on that show if you can't take the insults


I applied earlier this year and got accepted after going to an audition

I am on the waiting list now
#17
potterbell
The correct answer is neither is acceptable both are bullying. The boy in question doesnt enyoy been overweight or the abuse he receives.


There's a huge difference in calling someone fat and being racist IMO.
#18
Punkytiptop
You never know the overweight boy might be eating the asain boy as we speak:thumbsup:


He'll be hungry again in an hour or so
#19
Babbabooey
There's a huge difference in calling someone fat and being racist IMO.


Yes & no in this case, i would argue. Both boys were possibly targeting each other's probable insecurities. Both wrong but only one legally wrong.
#20
Babbabooey
There's a huge difference in calling someone fat and being racist IMO.


Explain ?
#21
potterbell
Explain ?


One's against the law, the other one isn't.
#22
eca07mc
He'll be hungry again in an hour or so


Well done!! You managed to be racist and fattist(?) in one comment. :thumbsup:
#23
stevieglesga
Simple. Legislation. Being obese isn't covered by any of the discrimination laws. While being racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist are


doesn,t make it right
#24
Babbabooey
One's against the law, the other one isn't.


So does that mean bullying is acceptable behaviour ?
#25
potterbell
doesn,t make it right


No it doesn't. Hence my thread.
[mod]#26
Every fat person i know calls themselves fat. It's not as if it comes as a great surprise to them when they wake up in the morning.
#27
Syzable
Every fat person i know calls themselves fat. It's not as if it comes as a great surprise to them when they wake up in the morning.


and every asian person I knoe calls themselves asian

still wouldn't be a good reason to be kicked out of a tv show for
#28
Either is sooo wrong, any obvious sign of difference from "the norm" whatever the media decide that is today doesn't make anyone a lesser person. it doesn't matter what shell we have on the outside it's the inside that counts..eg i wouldn't turn down a tatty stained box if it had a diamond inside.
#29
Syzable
Every fat person i know calls themselves fat. It's not as if it comes as a great surprise to them when they wake up in the morning.


What do a lot of African Americans call themselves? Is it ok if you or i call them that?

A bit extreme of an example but it is not be called fat that is intrinsically wrong, it is being unfairly judged because of it. I can say someone is gay, black, old or disabled. I am not passing comment but merely stating a fact.
[mod]#30
hassony;6238678
and every asian person I knoe calls themselves asian

still wouldn't be a good reason to be kicked out of a tv show for


Well i wouldn't personally but at the end of the day if that's their reason then that's the way of the game and obviously not against the rules.
[mod]#31
stevieglesga;6238697
What do a lot of African Americans call themselves? Is it ok if you or i call them that?

A bit extreme of an example but it is not be called fat that is intrinsically wrong, it is being unfairly judged because of it. I can say someone is gay, black, old or disabled. I am not passing comment but merely stating a fact.


Be realistic though...........people are judged on everything. Whether it's size, hair, looks, colour etc. It's the way of the world.

Not saying it's right or wrong........it's just fact.
#32
Syzable
Well i wouldn't personally but at the end of the day if that's their reason then that's the way of the game and obviously not against the rules.


Not saying it is "against the rules", just a sad reflection on society that this seems permissable and valid
#33
stevieglesga
Not saying it is "against the rules", just a sad reflection on society that this seems permissable and valid


it's always gone on, not just in our society of today, what about the freak shows of the Victorian era ? To mock someone elses difference makes "us" feel better about ourselves maybe?
#34
Syzable
Be realistic though...........people are judged on everything. Whether it's size, hair, looks, colour etc. It's the way of the world.

Not saying it's right or wrong........it's just fact.


so we should accept it?

I can see where you coming from though, I guess that the OP wouldn't have started this thread if the reason given on the weakest link was "too skinny", or maybe he would have
#35
Syzable
Be realistic though...........people are judged on everything. Whether it's size, hair, looks, colour etc. It's the way of the world.

Not saying it's right or wrong........it's just fact.


I agree. I have my own prejudices and I have been shortlisted for a national Diversity & Equality Award. It is human nature. But recently i have noticed an increase in "fattie bashing" across the media.
#36
sounds like an F & F thread actually
#37
potterbell
So does that mean bullying is acceptable behaviour ?


Where does anyone mention that?
#38
stevieglesga
I agree. I have my own prejudices and I have been shortlisted for a national Diversity & Equality Award. It is human nature. But recently i have noticed an increase in "fattie bashing" across the media.


maybe related to the food shortage around the world
[mod]#39
hassony;6238755
so we should accept it?

I can see where you coming from though, I guess that the OP wouldn't have started this thread if the reason given on the weakest link was "too skinny", or maybe he would have


I think it depends in what context.........if it's a abusive attack to cause distres/upset then it's out of order. But we all pass judgement on others when we watch TV, walk down the street etc by saying "God, she's ugly, he's thick" etc.

It all comes down to how it's put across and for what reason. For all we know these people on the show could have been joking about this beforehand and it's a running joke.........we just don't know.
#40
hassony
so we should accept it?

I can see where you coming from though, I guess that the OP wouldn't have started this thread if the reason given on the weakest link was "too skinny", or maybe he would have


Good point. I am not skinny. So i probably wouldn't have reacted similarly. And being skinny can also be hard for many. i have seen people mocked for both their bulk and lack of it. Equally wrong. Just seems to me that having a go at fat people is ok and gaining popularity.

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