Thursday, October 02, 2014

Have Another Piece Of Cake

So, let me tell you what I've been thinking...

I watch more than a fair amount of TV.  Mostly happy and creative stuff (Project Runway, Modern Family, HGTV, Cooking Channel) and musical stuff (Glee, Smash before it was canceled, Nashville) and dramas (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Downton Abbey) and smart stuff (History Channel, Discovery Channel, How Things Are Made). 

There are only a few shows I watch that involve killing or stuff that can be construed as "evil" - The Bridge, Tyrant, and Criminal Minds.  I LOVE The Bridge and Tyrant and I've seen every episode of Criminal Minds mostly because my mother is addicted and whenever we're around, she's watching it.

I don't watch Criminal Minds on a regular basis, but last night I was waiting for Nashville to come on so I watched the newest episode.  It was about some guy who abducted women, cut their limbs off to sell them, then dumped the torsos in the woods.  Lovely.


Ed turned to me and said, "They never take the fat ones."

His comment was based on a conversation we've had several times.  Something I brought up in the past, about how fat people are never abducted.  Or kidnapped, human trafficked, sold online, or lured into pole dancing, for that matter.

I mean, I suppose they might be.  But I've never seen it.  It's never in the news.  

It's never on TV shows based loosely on true stories, like Law & Order.  Dun Dun.

It's never on TV shows that are pure fiction.

I've never seen a story (TV or otherwise) where the serial killer targets fat people, man or woman.

I'm not saying I want to see a rash of crimes against the corpulent.  I hope it never becomes a thing.  There are already crimes that take place against those carrying extra weight - they get passed over for jobs, they make less money when they do get them, they are bullied in school, they are ridiculed on TV and advertisements.

And on Criminal Minds, famous for their serial killers - usually sick bastards perpetrating the most disturbing crimes one could imagine - they've never even had a story line where they abduct the fat ones. They don't take their body parts.  They don't carve messages in their foreheads.  They don't lure them into the woods.  Nuthin'.

Which, for us fatties, is the best news ever.

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2013: I Was Searching For Leather Goods And Found Something To Dream About
2012: Tomatoes Under Glass
2011: The Best Seat In The House
2010: Countdown To Pisa
2009: Eddie Goes Waaaay South Friday
2008: Port Of Long Beach
2007: Layers Of History
2006: Would I Be Cheesy If I Said I Wanted To Drive THIS Rig??
2005: Paper Glow


Belledog said...

Unless they're making a shirt out of women.

Silence of the ... uh, forget it. You're safe.

Troy said...

Actually, the killer in Silence of the Lambs targeted large women as his victims to use their skin.

Anonymous said...

I've struggled with this exact thing. I've always been naturally overweight, yet healthy and active. When I lost a bunch of weight in my early 20's, I suddenly started getting a LOT of unwanted attention from strangers (I live in NYC). It was unsettling and sometimes down right scary. When I gained all the weight back, plus some, the attention stopped, and there was a (big) part of me that was relieved. Now I am losing the weight again in order to be healthier, but that real, tangible safety component always exists in the back of my mind as something I need to overcome. I think that really speaks to a troubling disfunction in our society - that a thin girl can't feel as safe as her overweight peers.