Yes Nancy Pelosi Was Fat-Shaming, No It Wasn’t Ok

There is no way to fat-shame anyone without shame every single fat person. There is no justification for fat-shaming.Yesterday donald claimed that he is taking hydroxychloroquine – a drug that he has been touting from quite some time. Of course, there’s no telling if he’s actually taking it since he lies as easily as he breathes.

Nancy Pelosi jumped on the opportunity to make a comment. She didn’t mention that there might be a financial reason he’s pushing this so hard. She didn’t mention that his pushing of this drug can cause shortages for people who legitimately need it. No, she took a stab at donald’s body size…

“He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and his, shall we say, weight group … m*rbidly ob*se, they say,” she said.

Plenty of people pointed out that this is fat-shaming bullshit, but in a burst of “they tried it” others immediately jumped in to try to claim some form of the following three arguments:

  1. It wasn’t fat-shaming
  2. It was fat-shaming, but it’s ok because it’s donald and he’s a garbage human
  3. But it’s science

Let’s take these one-by-one:

It wasn’t fat-shaming

It for damn sure was. Look at the phrasing of it “his, shall we say, weight group…m*rbidly ob*se they say”

Nobody frames a physical description that way unless they think it’s something to shame someone about. Nobody is out there going “her, shall we say, hair color…brunette they say.”

Note that she was able to say “age group” without engaging in ageism.

It was fat-shaming, but it’s ok because it’s donald and he’s a garbage human

Donald is a garbage human. Fat-shaming him is still wrong, because his size has nothing to do with his being a proud racist, misogynist, xenophobe, sexual predator, and white supremacist. When you fat-shame, your victim is every fat-person person you perpetuate the idea that fat-shaming is ok.

I covered this in detail the post Your Justification For Fat-Shaming Donald is Bullshit, Here’s Why. 

But it’s science! 

These people seem to break into two camps.

The first insists that since the term “m*rbidly ob*se” is a medical term, it must be ok to say. That ignores an extensive history of “medical terminology” being used to perpetuate oppression. It ignores the fact that the term is used as a way to pathologize a body size in a way that is neither research-based nor helpful. And it ignores the staggering amount of medical weight stigma that fat people have to deal with, which harms us in a myriad of ways.

The second camp insists that it’s ok because she was telling the truth about the risks. Except she wasn’t. There is no evidence that being fat creates more risk when taking (or lying about taking) Hydroxychloroquine. Even if she mispoke and was trying to make a claim about COVID-19, the evidence around body size and COVID-19 risk is dubious at best.

This was fat-shaming and there is absolutely no justification for it. Nancy Pelosi should apologize and do better in the future.

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4 thoughts on “Yes Nancy Pelosi Was Fat-Shaming, No It Wasn’t Ok

  1. I was watching as it happened. Kinda smelled it coming. Sorry, not giving her a bye. Yes, he is atrocious, no calling him fatty fat fat isn’t really useful. No matter how much you want to. As for him choosing, with his doctors AOK, to take an unproven medication I say. “Chug Chug Chug Chug!” Do what you want loser!

  2. Yeah, I had several “friends” immediately post their yuks “hurr durr, Nancy Pelosi said he’s a fatty!” and they got all sorts of high-fiving for their posts. My comment, every time, was some version of “OK, so when DT mocks people’s looks, you know, people he hates or wants to discredit, y’all start clutching your pearls and react in horror for his rudeness. When Pelosi mocks his weight, because he is someone you hate or want to discredit, it’s ok And funny? Explain to me how what she/you are doing is not the Exact. Same. Thing.” My comment gets crickets.

    For the record, I dislike him with every fiber of my being. And I mostly think Nancy Pelosi rocks. But this attitude from the fatphobes of “it’s ok when ‘our’ side does it” make me want to puke.

  3. Also, I do not mean this as a “good fatty” argument, but assuming you buy into the medical model of ob*sity, he is in fact not “morbidly ob*se.” He is merely “ob*se.” At his BMI he would still qualify for an organ transplant if he needed one, or a joint replacement. Calling a “small fat” an “OMG death fat” makes life harder for real life large fat people.

  4. Agreed. He is not ‘ death cab for cutie fat’, he is just ‘rich white man paunch’ fat. Neither of those are necessarily character flaws. It isn’t what he looks like, it’s what he says does and thinks that I find offensive.

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