Today in People Who Need Hobbies

This asshole:

(USA TODAY) – A Fargo, N.D., woman says she will give trick-or-treaters that she deems ‘moderately obese’ a letter instead of candy this Halloween.

“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ’cause all the other kids are doing it,” the woman said in a morning radio interview with Y-24. She wouldn’t identify herself.

In the first place, USA TODAY, why are you giving real estate to some whackjob who calls in to a radio show? This isn’t a story.

In the second place, oh just fuck you. Should kids not eat a lot of candy? Sure. But this isn’t about the general health of the population. This isn’t about encouraging stores to stop carrying certain products or talking about the marketing of sugary treats on kids’ shows or lobbying Congress to stop subsidizing the shit out of corn.

This is about you using a fun holiday to get a holier-than-thou power trip going so you can feel suprerior to fat kids and their parents. This is about you pointing out to everyone else on the planet how much better than everyone else YOU are. This is about showing off, and kicking down, and you’re no better than the playground bully you probably used to be.

A.

8 thoughts on “Today in People Who Need Hobbies

  1. MichaelF says:

    Asshole is right…if she’s “concerned,” give out fresh fruit, or fruit roll ups if she’s worried about accusations of tampering.
    Sounds like typical wingnut, right down to the usual verbiage: irresponsible, free [stuff], etc.
    And she won’t identify herself — not surprising.

  2. Maplestreet says:

    May I add that while giving out letters calling kids obese may make her feel morally superior while requiring almost no work on her part (asshole is a good description), it takes a lot of self worth to loose weight.
    Rather than helping, her letter is much more likely to diminish the skills the kids need in order to loose weight.
    If A-hole were really interested in improving public health / obesity rates, there are any number of causes she could do some actual work. Hiding High-Fructose corn syrup in everything (not to mention the syrup gets a government subsidy). Restaurants supersizing everything (even worse are those who drop the smaller sizes from their menus In order to force you to buy the oversized). Related are the restaurants that have changed the size of their sodas so that when most people automatically say they want a medium, they are tricked into buying (and paying more) for what used to be a large. etc. etc. etc.

  3. Maplestreet says:

    Apologies for any misunderstanding – and I definitely don’t want to have this as a misunderstanding.
    When I typed the above, I wasn’t thinking that we often refer to you as A. I didn’t intend any association when I used the PG version of A-hole in which I was referring to the lady dropping fat citations in the Trick-or-Treaters’ bags.
    BTW – when I was a kid, and I definitely assume this happens today on a larger scale with the American Taliban, I clearly remember one house that dropped gospel tracts in your bag instead of candy. Sometimes Chick Publications if you remember those. Didn’t get any kids to go to church and in fact formed some adverse opinions of religion.
    I wonder if there are Tea Baggers dropping Tea Bags in the bags (definitely a way to clearly influence the future voters!) or even other ultra-conservative pamphlets.

  4. BlackSheep0ne says:

    There’s a house — probably with more than one car out front — begging for the rotten fruit and eggs, not to mention potato-stuffed exhausts (and potentially fish-oil-smeared engine components). A good round of TP won’t do, for this.
    judgmental jerk. She could pass out something fun or useful (one year my MIL gave out actual money — she had several rolls of nickels and quarters for this purpose).

  5. Sandman says:

    That woman should have to scrub eggs off the side of her house for at least the next six months.

  6. Maplestreet says:

    Dumb Question: If the city announced that it wanted to raise taxes to build a series of walking and bike trails (or even some other sort of recreational activity for kids), how would A-hole lady respond?

  7. Robert Earle says:

    I expect that she will soon become re-acquainted with the “trick” part of trick-or-treat.

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