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    Weakest Link = Fattest Bloke

    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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    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?

    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

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


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    is the link on bbc iplayer, link plz?

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    black gerbil1;6238368

    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:

    Supermod

    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).

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    bod emrys;6238402

    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.

    tell ya the problem if its ok to take the michael over peoples weight then for me any difference is fair game simple as

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    magicjay1986;6238409

    Weight problem? With most problems there are solutions...in this … 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?

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    potterbell;6238436

    tell ya the problem if its ok to take the michael over peoples weight … 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?

    stevieglesga;6238493

    And there lies the problem. Just where do you stop and why is fattie … 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.

    potterbell;6238533

    Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which … 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 ?

    potterbell;6238533

    Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which … 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:

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    potterbell;6238533

    Exactly i am a tutor and had to deal with an incident recently in which … 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

    Babbabooey;6238557

    Because the Asian boy has no control over being Asian, but the overweight … 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.

    bod emrys;6238402

    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

    potterbell;6238577

    The correct answer is neither is acceptable both are bullying. The boy in … 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.

    Punkytiptop;6238558

    You never know the overweight boy might be eating the asain boy as we … 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

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    Babbabooey;6238590

    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.

    Babbabooey;6238590

    There's a huge difference in calling someone fat and being racist IMO.



    Explain ?

    potterbell;6238631

    Explain ?



    One's against the law, the other one isn't.

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    eca07mc;6238617

    He'll be hungry again in an hour or so



    Well done!! You managed to be racist and fattist(?) in one comment. :thumbsup:

    stevieglesga;6238572

    Simple. Legislation. Being obese isn't covered by any of the … 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

    Babbabooey;6238633

    One's against the law, the other one isn't.



    So does that mean bullying is acceptable behaviour ?

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    potterbell;6238636

    doesn,t make it right



    No it doesn't. Hence my thread.

    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.

    Syzable;6238664

    Every fat person i know calls themselves fat. It's not as if it comes as … 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

    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.

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    Syzable;6238664

    Every fat person i know calls themselves fat. It's not as if it comes as … 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.

    hassony;6238678

    and every asian person I knoe calls themselves asianstill wouldn't be a … and every asian person I knoe calls themselves asianstill 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.

    stevieglesga;6238697

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

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    Syzable;6238698

    Well i wouldn't personally but at the end of the day if that's their … 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

    stevieglesga;6238724

    Not saying it is "against the rules", just a sad reflection on society … 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?

    Syzable;6238713

    Be realistic though...........people are judged on everything. Whether … 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

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    Syzable;6238713

    Be realistic though...........people are judged on everything. Whether … 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.

    sounds like an F & F thread actually

    potterbell;6238640

    So does that mean bullying is acceptable behaviour ?



    Where does anyone mention that?

    stevieglesga;6238759

    I agree. I have my own prejudices and I have been shortlisted for a … 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

    hassony;6238755

    so we should accept it? I can see where you coming from though, I guess … 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.

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    hassony;6238755

    so we should accept it? I can see where you coming from though, I guess … 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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