This is not at all what I had planned on writing today. I was all ready to start writing about my upcoming trip to Vegas and how excited I am to get away with my husband for a couple of days. Then BAM. I was poking around Facebook when I saw a video a friend had posted. Now, the video in itself is appalling. It’s about the awful wild horse round-ups being done in the name of needing the grazing land for cattle. It’s essentially like eminent domain. You know, the law that was passed that in essence says, if your property is worth more to someone else and will be “better” for the neighborhood as a hotel or something other than your home, someone can force you to sell it with the government as their strong arm. It’s insane. So, what’s happening with these wild horses is our tax payer dollars are being used to round up the horses in an inhumane and disgusting way so that cattle ranchers have more land, that doesn’t belong to them. It’s “government” land…so, it belongs to us, right? Aren’t we the boss of the government? Aren’t we?! The video is really hard to watch.
Okay, so why then is Lisa Brounstein, fat actress, world traveller, writing about this? It’s hardly my wheelhouse. Sure I have a lot to say about the government and politics etc. And, everyone knows I have a HUGE soft spot for animals. I have always said, “I am one bad piece of bacon away from being a vegetarian again.” I was a vegetarian for 17 years. Even today I can go days without eating meat. Hell, I apologize to bugs before I kill them, if I don’t capture them and set them free. So, I am writing this not because of the video. It’s because of what my friend posted before the video. It’s because of what she said.
I am not going to post what she said verbatim for multiple reasons. First, I don’t have her permission. Second, I don’t think she really means what she is saying, completely. I think that people, even people who love me, just don’t realize that fat and obesity really aren’t the source of all the ills in the world. I really believe we have been trained and educated to believe that that is the case. We are taught to believe that fat is ugly and wrong and if people weren’t fat than the world would be a much better place. Wow, really?! Okay, hear me out.
My friend started off talking about the BP oil spill and how our tax dollars are going to be used to clean up BP’s mess. I have done some reading on the matter. It doesn’t make me an expert. I am devastated by what is going on in the Gulf and have thought about going down to clean birds. I read they are only allowing experienced volunteers and people to do that. Which is probably better. I think it would emotionally wreck me, forever. The pictures are so upsetting. I am not a fan of BP. I think they have handled this whole thing POORLY. How’s that for your understatement of the day? But what I will say, is that we or rather, our government has allowed this to happen. We allowed BP to drill off shore. Those waters are federally owned and they are regulated by the Federal Government. The law is written in such a way to protect the oil company with a punitive financial cap of $75 million. Yes, BP really, by law, only has to pay $75 million. However, they have given the government 20 BILLION dollars to aid in the clean up as well as to help the people who are and have lost their livelihoods. Now it’s up to the government to dole out the money. How’s that going? How did the mortgage/bank bail out go? How about that automaker bail out? I’m just asking.
Then my friend went on to say that cattle corporations (she was saying that BP is a big corporation like the cattle corporations) are rounding up these majestic horses in order to use the land for their own cattle so they can sell the meat from said cattle and make even more money by selling to McDonald’s who will in turn sell Big Mac’s and fries. This would then effect the taxpayer because we are paying for the needless slaughter and storage of these horses all so these cattle corporations can get richer. Okay, I can get that…mostly. I don’t believe for a second that the government isn’t getting something out of this. I am sure they are getting a lot. It’s like a subsidy. They aren’t doing it out of the goodness of their heart. I am sure there are many sides to this sick and twisted story. Okay, now here is what got me. She goes on to make the correlation with the round up and eating McDonald’s with people growing more obese. Oh man, really?
I watched the video because she mentioned BP and tax dollars and then also mentioned the obese. As someone who is considered obese and someone who is really tired of my tax dollars being spent on things for which I disagree with, I had to look at the video. I didn’t get the correlation completely. Unless, she was saying that because cattle ranchers are driving the horses away so they can let their cattle graze there and then they sell their beef to McDonald’s where people buy Big Macs and, of course, only fat/obese people eat Big Macs, then it’s the fat people’s fault that the horses are being tortured. That is only a correlative argument…you know, “correlation is not causation.” In essence, she’d be saying it’s obese people’s fault that the wild horses are being slaughtered and tortured.
It’s that seven deadly sin scenario. Greed, gluttony, extravagance, sloth…doesn’t that describe me? You know, I just sit around all day and eat Big Macs and fries on my gold plated couch with my 60 inch flat screen TV. No, I don’t. None of that is true. I honestly don’t think I have ever eaten a Big Mac. Maybe as a child but I don’t have a recollection of it. What is my reason for writing about this today? My reason is this. I am fat…and I say that with no malice or degradation. I am definitely a BIG woman. In medical terms I am obese. So, I write this to give a face to all of those faceless and headless fat and obese people out there who are consistently being called forth as the cause of so much of the worlds ills today. Especially in the United States and in Britain.
I honestly believe she probably didn’t think twice (or once) about me when she wrote what she wrote. I understand that she is angry and frustrated. Clearly she is angry about the horses and the horrific fate they are meeting. And, she is a very intelligent person. There isn’t a chance she isn’t upset about what is going on with our country in general. As a human being and as a fat person I feel like it is my responsibility to remind people that fat people aren’t faceless or headless like they show on the news. We have feelings. We are human beings. I am sure many of us care about the plight of the horses and the devastation in the Gulf of Mexico too.