If you’re not familiar with the popular game show Jeopardy! the premise is that they have two rounds, each of which have six categories of questions with five questions per category, and then a final round with one question. Last night one of the categories was “These Words Could Go on a Diet” and it was a category of…wait for it… slang terms for fat bodies. And it includes a reference to pigs. Charming.
The answers included husky, portly, corpulent, paunch, and porcine. I have no idea what it was like for the fat contestant who was on the show to have to participate in this absolute tribute to fat shaming,
To me this speaks to how normalized fat bashing and diet culture is in our society. I typically don’t compare oppression among different groups – there are definitely differences – as I write this blog I am acutely aware that I will be criticized for being “oversensitive” or, ridiculously, that I’m asking people to be “too PC.“ So as a queer woman, I wonder what the reaction would be if they had a category “These terms just haven’t found the right man yet” that was comprised of slang terms for lesbians.
We have to speak up when we see this kind of casual fat shaming, especially on a national stage. Jeopardy! can ask questions about literally anything in the world and they decided to create an entire category dedicated to negative terms for a group of people who already face tons of stigma, harassment, bullying, and oppression. I’m calling bullshit. They can do better, and they should.
Tell them how you feel:
Contact them directly (thanks Diane!) https://www.jeopardy.com/contact
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jeopardy (@Jeopardy)
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