This story sounds all kinds of hoax-y at first, but The Guardian has (at least somewhat) confirmed the existence of “fat-shaming” cards though ongoing communication with the London and British Transport police. The relevant images have been shared thousands of times online and also stem from the Twitter account of Kara Flourish, who says a stranger approached her on the London tube with a cruel message. In short, a group calling themselves “Overweight Haters Ltd” is handing cards bearing this sentiment:
“It’s not really glandular, it’s your gluttony…
“Our organisation hates and resents fat people. We object to the enormous amount of food resources you consume while the world starves. We disapprove of your wasting NHS money to treat your selfish greed. And we do not understand why you fail to grasp that by eating less you will be better off, slimmer, and happy and find a partner who is not a perverted chubby-lover, or even find a partner at all.
“We object that the beatiful [sic] pig is used as an insult. You are not a pig. You are a fat, ugly human.”
Here’s the damning evidence from Twitter, and it isn’t pretty:
Twitter is full of both outrage and support (but mostly outrage) over these cards. Some are suggesting the cards are more about misogyny than actual fat-shaming. That’s not an unfair point to make. We do live in a world of body-double standards (where the famed “dad bod” is so celebrated, and women are idealized if they “bounce back” immediately after giving birth). Only Vin Diesel seems to have a problem with dad bods, but no matter the reason, these cards are pretty rude.
(Via The Guardian)