The London Tube is not the most pleasant place to be at the best of times, so if you’re on it, and you get handed this card:
Well, that’s not going to make your commute much better.
In case you can’t read that, it says:
It’s really not glandular, it’s your gluttony…
Our organisation hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while half the world starves. We disapprove of your wasting NHS money to treat your selfish greed. And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that by eating less you will be better off, slimmer, happy and find a partner who is not a perverted chubby-lover, or even a partner at all.
We also object that the beatiful [sic] pig is used as an insult. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human.
The card is headed up by the ‘organisation’ name: Overweight Haters Ltd.
Yes, because apparently some people have decided that the world isn’t quite enough of a shithole yet, and that what’s really needed is some more good old-fashioned, ill-thought-out, mindless hate.
Reports say that these cards are being distributed by men jumping onto a busy train and handing the card to an overweight person before jumping off again. Obviously these lovely men are handing them out exclusively to 6-foot-and-over tattooed men with beer bellies. Otherwise it might be seen as a bit cowardly. The lady who sent the tweet above actually looks like Andre the Giant in real life. Otherwise the act of handing her this disgusting vomit-leaflet might’ve seemed a bit spineless.
Clearly I’m being unfair, as the card has so many good points: It is that extra box of doughnuts that’s causing Third World starvation — it’s definitely not Western neo-colonialist policies continually rigging the global wealth game or anything like that. And of course it’s that cheeky chocolate bar that’s causing the chronic underfunding of the National Health Service — to suggest that it might instead be something like the billions upon billions of pounds the government is taking away from it would be ridiculous. And it absolutely couldn’t be more apparent from reading this flyer that the authors of it really care about the recipients, and want them, above all, to be happy and fall in love — so that part of it really is beyond reproach. If they were trying to save the trees, they might cut them down first. Tough love — it works.
So really, this is just the work of some conscientious people who care about the world.
They must’ve just exhausted all the other stuff they consider more important, and have clearly already filled their weekly quota of campaigning for the ethical treatment of refugees; for a fairer global tax system devoid of loopholes that continually rob the global economy of trillions of dollars; for the ceasing of Western imperial adventures abroad causing untold death and suffering; for an end to the somehow still continuing plight of women in society; for at least just an admission that Western society is living in anything but a ‘post-racial’ age; for an honest appraisal and affirmative action on the looming climate catastrophe threatening to overwhelm us all, beginning with those worst equipped to handle it; for a tackling of the rapidly widening gulf in global income inequality and the class warfare being waged on the poorest by the richest under the cloak of austerity; for a complete and utter end to the persecutions still suffered by those of ‘alternate’ sexualities and orientations — yeah, they must’ve got those done already this week. I mean, it is Tuesday.