“When I see a picture of someone who’s really hugely fat,” Nigella Lawson once told a talk-show host, “I don’t think ‘how hideous’. I think how delicious it must have been to get there”.
Not so Katie Hopkins, who earlier this year embarked on her very own ridiculous “Fat Story“. The conceit*: put on 3-4 stone (that’s about 25 kg) and lose it again to show how easy it is – or rather, that all fat people need is a kick up the arse.
If you haven’t heard of her, this is all you need: she calls herself the biggest bitch in Britain, and was apparently ranked the second most loathed person in the world, after Vladimir Putin. Perfect person for the job, right?
Well I finally watched it, and she is indeed quite loathsome, though I did actually expect to be more irritated than I was. Let’s just say she’s the person who says what a lot of people probably think, but would never say in polite company (or on national television). Watch her here in the quintessential “now I will visit a very fat person to show how disgusting she is” clip:
And did the experience of becoming one of the disgustings, uhm, soften her? Ever so slightly, as she concluded with this:
I still believe I wouldn’t employ a fat person, but I can see that there’s merit in saying things a little more kindly because I understand a little more how hard it is to be fat.
Well yes, and no. Force-feeding yourself up to 6000 calories a day in order to parade your swollen belly on national media can hardly count as genuine experience of being overweight or obese, especially if it lasts for all of a week. And surely also not if you hate every minute of getting there?
Oh well. I’m not entirely sure she actually thought her little stunt would fix obesity, or whatever, but it probably won’t. Unless?
Holy shit. I hope not.
*If ever there was a proper context for the use if this word, this is it.