USA Today Says What Everyone's Thinking
USA Today published an editorial from Alia E. Dastagir called "You're Fat In America If We Say You Are." It stems from the Glamour/Amy Schumer story (I'm not linking it again, we all know what happened), which gained more steam from her guest spot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. Schumer once again addressed the controversy and referred to herself as a "plus-size model." It's pretty clear that Schumer didn't like the comparison. At this point, isn't all her talk about how much she disagrees with Glamour's cover line borderline insulting to anyone who is a legit-plus size? Moving on: This news of sizeism has USA Today and Dastigar woke. Among the injustices, pointed out in the article: Fat is subjective. Sizes are ambiguous. You're a size 6 in the summer and an 8 in the winter. You're a 12 in jeans and a 16 in dresses. You're a small at the Gap but a medium at Old Navy. [Amy] Schumer doesn't think she's "plus-size"...Remind us again where the line is? True, true. People can be mean, and social media makes it easier to be cruel. Thin women. Fat women. Men. Everyone's fair game. (Just ask Wentworth Miller.) Not true. Wentworth Miller was the rare exception to the rule that it's OK for men to be overweight. Society has a problem with anyone in the pubic eye, particularly women, who aren't thin. A handful of men experience what most women already know. All is not lost, though. Dastigar spoke to fat activists about Schumer's comments. Some found what she said controversial, others didn't. USA Today's editorial will help the dialogue of what we can do to fight fat prejudice. Let's hope it doesn't get lost amid the celebrity "scandal."