When life hasn't told you enough that you're not shit, literary publications are asking you to hold its beer.
As a plus size athlete, fatphobic comments run steadily like water. And being a black woman, I have enough traumatic stories to keep you drunk for an entire month. Bring the Johnny Walker and we could have a marvelous party in self pity -- but I prefer to not indulge. Instead, I love running or doing gym bro shit. Scaring the shit out of my 62 year old mom as I tell her about traveling to another trail in an affluent community that will try to search my locs as if I'm holding onto a special strain of marijuana is more of my thing. I know how harshly the world views me and others who share some sort of attribute that comes with living in this body -- and the media knows it too. Since they're so knowledgeable about it, these so called 'professional' publications and corporate companies found gimmicky ways of generating buzz. This weeks' anal chafing came from an opinion piece written by Tanya Gold posted in The Telegraph -- and I'd be dipped in hushpuppy battered shit if I'm posting a link on here.
The Koolaid Ain't Sweet Unless You Add in Sugar
Just in case you don't feel like searching Google or maybe you share the same sentiments as I do, I'll give you an understanding of what happened in this week's publicity stunt:
Tanya Gold, a writer for The Telegraph and Daily Mail, wrote a prehistoric BMI minstrel narrative about a Nike mannequin who is possibly pre-diabetic and have hip issues. According to Ms. Gold, plus size mannequins promote obesity and communities like the fat acceptance and body positive movement are going to send us all to hell with HoHos, Twinkies and honey buns -- because that's what dressing up plus size mannequins with sexy ass fupas do to society. Oh the horror it would've caused if this hollow figure had a double chin. And when this disturbing article was proudly published by The Telegraph, Twitter, Instagram and all in between said 'let's burn that motherfucker to the ground.'
âMy response: YAWN. This is such a 'Simpsons did it' moment.
Just in case any of us caught amnesia over the course of a few years, should I remind you about the hell raising piece that was posted on Outside Magazine back in March 2019 that exclaimed that 'Trail Runners are Lazy Parasites' -- and yep, I'm not posting that damn link either. Clearly runners are ruining the goddamn planet with our footsteps and we're a bunch of 'deadbeats' too. But don't worry: The writer explains his reasons why AFTER he caught your attention with his obtuse headline.
Listen kids: The media ran out of creative ways of getting us to buy newspapers because people are very conscious about the environment. But without us actually BUYING a book or a newspaper, how else can they make money? Advertisement. Clicks per page. Allegedly 'free' social media platforms. Influencers like me. Or maybe -- controversy.
In the world of journalism, if your first few lines or even the title doesn't catch people's attention, you probably already lost your readers. That's why I love bright, vibrant pictures because I get to ramble on about shit that I'm super passionate about.
If it pulled out an emotion, even a shitty one, then you just hoodwinked. Don't allow your rage to cloud what's really happening here. We're all getting GOT right now.
Do you need more examples? Let us not forget the adorable, racially insensitive H&M monkey hoodie or that one time in band camp when Abercrombie & Fitch thought shackle bracelets were the best thing ever. And I'm almost sure that both of their stocks went up a week later. Why? Because controversy sells. Don't you love reality TV or WorldStar? We cannot show positive things if nobody's willing to pay for it.
Each time people try to challenge the norm, it's met with some sort of adversity. That's how articles like Tanya Gold's tragedy is posted onto the internet for us to mourn and weep. Now I'll admit that I shared my two cents on social media like everyone else but can I leave y'all with some stuff that exists beyond 160 characters on Twitter or a picture of me laughing with a long ass blurb full of sarcasm on Instagram.
Airplane Instructions of the Week While On Dry Land
I like lists because it's better for my obsessive nature so here it goes:
To quote my own inner dialogue that I shared with my Facebook and Twitter fam:
Just because you're a part of something doesn't mean that you have to serve as an activist to every movement. Sometimes you are the riot and the marching band simply by existing. Not every protest requires our noise. Maybe it asks for us to simply be ourselves.
Be well my friends.
Latoya Shauntay Snell
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