Friday, February 1, 2008

Old School Hatred in New School Form: No Fat People Allowed

OMG, what days we have entered. Apparently, Mississippi has introduced House bill 282 by Representative W.T. Mayhall, Jr. that will bar “fat” people from being served in restaurants. Yeah, it’s exactly how I wrote it!
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Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies.
section 1 subsection 2 ....full text here.
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So what’s the point of this bill? I mean this law would say that, if you are obese, we don’t want you here in public eating next to us, the thin people, and to ensure we don’t have to see you, we’re going to punish any food establishment that lets you in – fatty, fat, fat! Oh and just so you know, we’re going to have restaurant establishments get your BMI and keep it on record.

This law does nothing to promote healthier lifestyles! In the “fight on obesity” this bill clearly argues that if you are overweight, there is something wrong with you, so much so, you cannot be seen eating in public! It doesn’t reduce the amount of trans fats in the food served, doesn’t create municipal or state level grants for programs that promote healthy food education. It is a law that promotes segregation! Except, apparently since Mississippi can no longer segregate based on color, its decided to pick on larger folks. Hey, why not, apparently its social acceptable these days to hate obese people. I mean fat people are lazy and are gluttonous and it’s on people to make sure there are consequences for that gluttony.

This bill is blatant act of social shunning and abuse of social laws. There is no reason for the bill except to isolate and star individuals as unacceptable to a certain section of the masses. It is clearly old school hatred in new school form – its no longer kosher to pick on you for the color of your skin, so let’s just base it on your belt size! Fatty, fat, fat, fat.

Mr. Mayhall, clearly you are under the impression that laws are for controlling the masses, not promoting the public well-being. Did you mad lib the old Jim Crow laws or what!




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3 comments:

Jim C. Hines said...

You know, I've already written one rant today which included the threat of a goblin boot in the ass.

Every goblin wears two boots. Now I know who should be honored with the second.

Just ... wow. WTF is wrong with these people?

sister AE said...

I - well - I just can't close my mouth! WTF doesn't begin to say what I can't even wrap my brain around!

beth coyote said...

Whoa, ok.