Posted at 10:30 AM Aug 12, 2009
By Andrea Grimes
More and more, PETA is looking like the snarky, self-righteous vegan film student who spends 10 minutes at a time telling you how to live a healthier, more conscious life--and down with Wal-Mart and McDonald's!--during the smoke break wherein he practically eats a Marlboro Light. On The F-Word yesterday, (vegetarian!) Rachel calls out this heinous new PETA promotion, which like many PETA promotions, shames and objectifies women, who occupy some vague place below animals on their level-of-importance scale. Rachel asks, "Against animal cruelty, but not human cruelty?"
Here's PETA's Florida billboard (!), which encourages you to go vegetarian, you fat fatass, and come hang out with people who aren't fat fatasses but like to eat healthy and judge fat fatasses. It sounds like a whale of a time!
The F-Word links to a personal account from a Floridian who saw the billboard on the way to the beach with the family. It's heartbreaking:
My family was visiting and I was planning on taking them to the beach to enjoy the beautiful day when I saw the billboard that made me want to cry. It says "Save the Whales" with a picture of an over weight woman in the foreground. We all sat there and stared at it for a minute and everyone in the car was silent. No one wanted to mention my weight.Poor taste and broken hearts aside, why does PETA believe that calling people "whales" and pointing out their "blubber"--equating humans with animals in a most derogatory way--would make anyone throw out the meat in their fridge and buy a tofu steak?
I laughed it off as usual but it really had made me so embarrassed, so self conscious and so ashamed about my weight that I dropped off my family at the ocean front and left to go home making the excuse that I wasn't feeling well.