Should Idiots Be Allowed To Speak (Write)?

Yes, legally they should because I believe in free speech (which also allows me to call unintelligent people morons) and n0, this is not a post about the moronic utterances of Arundhati Roy…

This post is about media responsibility and our culture…Take a look at this article written by Maura Kelly on Marie Claire’s website…

Excerpts:

“yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.”

“But … I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It’s something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.”

Can you imagine a newspaper or magazine publishing inflammatory articles about race, gender, or religion? Why is it OK for them to publish cruel opinions about overweight people?

I don’t think the author should have been prevented from expressing her opinion, but what gets to me is that she was given a national platform to do so, which only reflects the magazine’s own prejudices (for people who don’t know, MC is a women’s magazine, which like other similar magazines has been making money off people’s prejudices for years)…

What was the Editor doing? How hard could it have been for him or her to say, “Hey, Maura, we get your point about obesity being a health problem and we shouldn’t be laughing about it on TV, but can you tone it down a bit and be less cruel?”

Do you think CBS would have given the green light to a sitcom about cancer? I think not…So, where does this prejudice against obese people stem from? It stems from our (wrong) belief that all obese people have become that way because of their unhealthy decisions and that obesity can always be prevented…

So, what do you think?

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