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“Skinny-Bitches are [NOT] evil”

 

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fwjdtzk1Zs&feature=related

In 2001, Mo’Nique in Queens of Comedy came to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. She enters from a rotating pyramid. As she steps on the stage, she gives Memphis its props, and then says to all the “fat girls”  “…stand y’all fat asses up and take a motha-fuckin’[sic] bow.”

She goes on to exclaim:

“Godt-dammit[sic] big women,  Alright big girl  you’d better represent it godt-dammit[sic]. You’d better do it, ya [sic] fat ass. I love ya baby-girl, you handle yo[sic] shit. Fuck you skinny bitches, Na! Fuck you skinny anorexic bulimic motha-fuckas [sic], what?!….Look at ‘er[sic] shakin’, bitch cause ya hungry…Skinny women are evil and they need to be destroyed, baby.”

One could try to understand Mo’Nique’s jokes as her attempts to empower big women to be secure about their size and their bodies, which even then is simply not okay. It should be unthinkable to enable self-destructive behavior and views even for the sake of self-esteem (read: personal complacency). Her playful talk that “skinny [people] are evil and they need to be destroyed” comes to mind, because recently I read an article that blacks are the least likely to recognize being overweight or obese.  This troubles me greatly for two reasons: 1) how the hell can you not know you’re overweight or obese, and 2) why is that black people are ranked number one at being self-deluded about our weight issues?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubjAfHuJMks

In the above clip at 2:39 minutes, there is a conversation between the anchor and three black girls. The anchor asks the girls if they want to be “super thin.” The girls say that being ‘super thin’ “doesn’t look right to us.” One says “You do want a[sic] little hips, a little this and little that, but not a whole-whole lot, no.”  The white (fit) anchor asks the girls “how am I,” and in unison they say “no.”  How could anyone want to be bigger (read:thicker) than the in-shape anchor?

I argue that most blacks’ inability to acknowledge (or denial of) being overweight or obese may come from a losing of touch with reality. Especially with this movement that it is okay to be bigger (read: thicker).  As a currently overweight, once morbidly obese, person, I find it insulting to hear someone revel in being obese, overweight (or thick), like Mo’Nique does, and Biggie used to do.  You only have to look at the sobering statistics on black folks  to know that people are addicted to food.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbSsMvqZwto

Much like Rhonda in this video, I had to “stop making excuses for myself,” but whereas she says (at 2:30 minutes) that she is “not trying to lose [her] thickness at all”, I am, and I recommend that everyone does, because just being overweight increases your risk of certain cancers. I remember the sheer terror I felt when I was morbidly obese.

Like Rhonda at 4:40 minutes, I too found it “too much…[and] fucking ridiculous” when my waist size  in pants hit 42. The idea that I would always have my spare tire around my gut kept me paralyzed.

I remember the moment I took sustained action and realized I could, like in any area of my life, exercise control (pun intended). As each bench mark I set, I reached.  I realized my power to cause and sustain a new standard of health for myself. Although I am still overweight, I continue to pursue my goals of having a 6-8 pack and 6-7% body fat.


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