I’ve been watching a lot of How I Met Your Mother lately, and I’ve noticed that Barney’s character in particular is very insensitive towards overweight people. It almost kills the show for me sometimes. I’m not overweight, but I definitely don’t like all the “Never let me do a fatty!” or “I even did a fatty once, I’m a good person!”
I know these kinds of jokes about overweight people are in all kinds of sitcoms and movies. And I am getting really tired and annoyed by them. I don’t think it’s really all that funny to consider having sex with an overweight person to be some act of charity. Or that hooking up with an overweight person would be the WORST THING EVER.
And like I said, personally I’m not overweight. I’ve even made some people pretty angry on this board before by suggesting that overweight people who have just given up and feel fine about living an unhealthy lifestyle are making a mistake that I don’t support. I support being happy with living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well and exercising regularly, regardless of your weight.
But these jokes just… really grate on me. I don’t know why really. I mean, there are plenty of gay jokes that play on gay stereotypes, and they usually don’t offend me at all. In fact, most of the time I think they are pretty funny when I see them on tvs and sitcoms. And I’m a gay guy.
So, a few questions.
Do you find these “fatty” jokes offensive, bothersome, unfunny, etc?
Do you or your friends ever joke about having sex with “fatties” as being some ungodly horror or an act of charity?
This might be better suited for Cafe Society, so feel free to move it there if you want, but I am looking for opinions that kind of verge on debate/discussion.