By now we are used to hearing the left whine about society’s “fat shaming” and insisting on “body positivity.” A.K.A. let me eat this pizza guilt free while I blame you for all my problems (see Fat Shaming? ‘Experts’ Now Claim Your ‘Healthy Food’ Blog Causes Eating Disorders and OUTRAGE CULTURE: Family Accuses Santa of “Fat Shaming!”) Now the tables have turned as SNL fat shamed Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Courtesy FOX NEWS:
“My father is Mike Huckabee,” Bryant’s character said. “My mother is a big Southern hamburger.”
Throughout the sketch, Ms. Bryant devoured an apple.
A joke is a joke. Everything is available for comedic punches. Including the size of someone’s girth. See also every joke we’ve made about fat feminists and Amy Schumer. Lena Dunham too, before she slenderized. The problem here is the double standard. One even mainstream media picked up on.
“You guys were mean about Huckabee Sanders,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said. “You were fat-shaming her. You were talking about how she looks and what she wears. I thought that it was mean, not funny.”
Penny Young Nance, the chief executive officer of Concerned Women for America, told me NBC crossed a line.
“I was so offended by that portrayal,” she said. ‘NBC treated her so much more irreverently than they ever would have treated a female leader from the left.”
The issue here is not about poking fun at the other party, nor making jokes aimed at certain individuals. The conflict is found in hypocrisy and double standards. Sure, they say it’s wrong for us to joke about the beached whales that are Tess Holliday and Ashley Graham. But when it comes to a Republican, it’s open season for punchlines about waistlines. Therein lies the walrus-sized problem. Stay clear of the splash zone.
Either it’s okay to mock everyone for their size, or we can mock no one. If the left wants to mock someone as fat, they’re free to do so. But they cannot turn around and claim the mantle of “body positivity” then shame the fat-shamers, who may have just told a fat joke. Tis hypocrisy at its most glutenous.