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This morning I woke up, opened Twitter on my phone before I even got out of bed, saw the photo I’m about to post for you below, and did a happy dance of glee in my bed while giggling like a school girl.

You see it all started with an awful, awful post on Feministe that spewed fat hate in relation to the soft drink (soda) restrictions being implemented by the mayor of New York City.  Y’all know I’m not going to link to that article, cos I don’t give signal boosts to fat hate.  Anyway the comment thread was a complete fat hate free-for-all, and someone actually referred to soft drink as an “Agent of Obesity”.  Well a Twitter hashtag was born, thanks to Brian of Red No.3 – check it out at #AgentofObesity, it’s hilarious.  Being the Marvel fan that I am, it’s right up my alley.

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What’s your secret agent name?

The following was posted on the blog Red No. 3 in response to some fat-hating drivel which included the phrase “agent of obesity”. The self-loving fat-accepting blogger behind Red No. 3 envisioned  O.B.E.S.I.T.Y. (Operatives Built with Exceptional Size Imperiling Thinness’ Yoke)

The official seal of O.B.E.S.I.T.Y. (Operatives Built with Exceptional Size, Imperiling Thinness’ Yoke). You call us whales. We call ourselves Killer Whales.

…In scanning the comments, one thing jumped out at me. One commenter had praised New York’s fat shaming, saying “I’m glad to see a move against an agent of obesity.” The continued on with some boiler-plate liberal fat hate about consumeristic culture of over-consumption, blah, blah, blah, but that phrase struck me as kind of funny. Soda is an “agent of obesity”? Fat people have agents now? Out servicing our agenda? Obviously, this was a person who prefers their fat shaming with a big dose of dehumanization, regarding “obesity” only as some nebulous concept and forgetting about the actual fat people that exist that they are trashing, but I couldn’t help giggling at the concept of being an “agent of obesity”. Like a spy organization? We have secret agents in service of OBESITY…

And off I went. I went over to Twitter and made a joke about the remark. Then created a hashtag. Then saw a bunch of other people joining in the fun, imagining our secret agent code names. Mine is Nick Fatty, Agent of O.B.E.S.I.T.Y. I even came up with acronym for that! Operatives Built with Exceptional Size Imperiling Thinness’ Yoke. And from there I expanded to Tumblr and created my secret agent portrait and even an official seal for O.B.E.S.I.T.Y. (Which I’ve now typed enough times to wish I wasn’t amused by the periods denoting the acronym). And eventually portraits of a whole lot of other O.B.E.S.I.T.Y. agents having fun with this as well. Heck, there are even t-shirts!

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