We live in a world where food porn, over-the-top dishes, and sheer gluttony is celebrated but co-exists with extreme fat shaming. According to the Guardian, the police are are investigating a number of fat-shaming postcards that true douchebags have been handing out on the London tube system. The leaflets—which are from a group that not so cleverly named themselves Overweight Haters Ltd—feature a number of insulting phrases.
The cards came to light when one victim tweeted out the card she had received from a man on the train. Thirty-year-old Kara Flourish says that the card read: “It’s really not glandular, it’s your gluttony” and that it ended with “You are a fat, ugly human.” Flourish, who notes that she is “small[er] than the national average [body weight],” tweeted that the card is “hateful + cowardly” and could upset people “struggling with confidence and eating disorders.”
— Kara Florish (@kflorish) November 28, 2015
Sean Thomas Knox, another commuter on the London Underground, said he witnessed another girl receive one of the cards on the train: “Young man just got on train at Oxford Circus, gave printed card saying YOU’RE FAT to overweight girl. He jumped off. She read it, [and] cried. Am 99.9% sure this wasn’t staged. She didn’t even realise I was watching at first. Her stunned, desolate reaction was very real. Then tears.” Authorities are still not sure who is behind the cards.
The cards are 50 kinds of f**cked up, especially in a culture that champions junk food—the more ridiculous the better. People like the guys behind Epic Meal Time have made careers out of shoving thousands of calories of meat and cheese down their gullets. People can’t stop talking about creations like the ramen burger or this 2,400-calorie burger made with 17 different types of meat. The society we live in today isn’t exactly the healthiest, nor is it likely that the men handing out the cards are the zenith of clean living—meaning they should STFU and sip on their haterade in private.
[via the Guardian]