There’s nothing worse than daytime television. Due to a minor surgery I had, I was at home watching Family Feud or something when I had to feed my one month old daughter. As I was doing so, the game show ended and some hypersensitive emotion-fest daytime talk show called “The Doctors” came on and I couldn’t change the channel without dropping my kid on the floor; so I toughed it out. In retrospect, it might have been worth the risk. Absolute cancer.
They had a guest named Taryn Brumfitt, a self-proclaimed “body image activist.” Taryn has a documentary called “Embrace” and it looks like a real piece of dog shit. It’s all about body positivity, which is when fat people, (usually women) rather than strive to lose weight, pat themselves on their flabby backs for being sloppy swamp creatures. Taryn’s story is extra cringe-worthy.
After having a few kids, she wasn’t comfortable with the way she looked, so she had some plastic surgery, went on a diet and hit the gym regularly, to the point where she was actually able to become a swimsuit model. But then, she had an epiphany. She realized that she wasn’t happy living her life counting calories and working out all the time. Eating delicious food and being a lazy slob was easier. Well, no shit. What’s so inspirational about being lazy? And didn’t she say she was unhappy before she lost the weight too? The body positivity movement is the most fraudulent movement of all time. One quote from the website read: “We’re on a quest to end the global body-hating epidemic.” First of all, there’s no such thing as a “global epidemic.” If it’s global, it’s called a pandemic. Illiterate swamp donkeys. Second of all, it’s complete bullshit. They celebrate things like not exercising and eating whatever you want. Yeah, that’s not a fucking accomplishment, that’s easy. The reason eating healthy, working out and looking great is inspirational, is because it’s extremely difficult. That’s why an athletic build is coveted- because it’s scarce; and scarcities are widely desired. People aren’t rewarded or celebrated for doing less than what’s expected of them. Nobody’s going to throw you a parade for calling in sick to work so you can sit on your couch and watch tv. Nobody’s going to give you a trophy for coming in last place… oh wait. Scratch that last one.
So why is this broad on TV? Why are people applauding her before and after photo where the before picture is one of her as a swimsuit model and the after looks like Amy Schumer doing naked crunches? Shit like this is counterproductive. A few months ago I wrote an article on a college that banned scales from the gym because it was “triggering” people. While that’s equally as insane, it’s actually not as poisonous to society because it’s reflective of someone’s shame as opposed to a misguided sense of pride. Rewarding people for being unhealthy doesn’t solve the problem, it encourages it. I’m not advocating bullying or even any sort of shaming, I’m simply saying that celebrating failure is stupid. I’m just pointing out how foolish it is to encourage bad behavior. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to getting back to work and as far away from daytime television as possible.
By: Dave Wilkins