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Calling someone 'fatty' or 'obese' a hate crime in Britain
Daily News and Analysis ^ | May 30, 2012 | Stephen Adams

Posted on 05/30/2012 3:08:07 AM PDT by markomalley

British MPs have suggested that calling someone "fatty" or "obese" should be considered a hate crime on a par with racism or homophobia. Generations of children have traded banter - or bullying, depending on your perspective - about body weight in the schoolyard, and Enid Blyton even named one of her characters "Fatty" in her Five Find-Outers series.

But a report by the all-party parliamentary group on body image has recommended that the Government should investigate putting "appearance-based discrimination" on the same legal basis as race and sexual discrimination.

Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is illegal to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone on the basis of a number of "protected" characteristics, such as their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. The parliamentary group, supported by the charity Central YMCA, today (Tuesday) publishes a report, Reflections on Body Image, recommending "a review into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination and how this would be best tackled".

It says: "This may include exploring whether an amendment to the Equalities Act would be the most appropriate way of tackling such discrimination."

Under the current Act, people can and are prosecuted for verbal abuse if it is deemed serious enough. Rosi Prescott, the chief executive of Central YMCA, said if there was strong evidence that appearance-related discrimination was widespread, the Equalities Act should make it a punishable offence. This could make it a crime to draw attention to a person's weight.

She said: "All the rules that apply under the Equalities Act now would also apply to appearance-related discrimination; they would be applied consistently."

The report found one in five people had been victimised because of their weight, and that appearance was the major cause of bullying in schools. Miss Prescott even questioned whether doctors should refrain from telling patients they were carrying excess pounds. She said: "If they don't feel overweight, and there are no health indications, what is the problem?"

Numerous studies have shown that overweight people consistently underestimate how fat they are, and that those who are overweight when young are more likely to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer and die younger than those of a healthy weight. Almost two thirds of British adults are now either overweight or obese. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, agreed with the concept of outlawing "size-discrimination" and harassment. But he said doctors must be able to tell patients, for their own good, if they are overweight. "There are a lot of people who are very fat and are quite happy being so," he said. "However, the problem arises if they don't know the medical consequences that result from their fatness. Doctors must be able to give them 'tough love'."


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"Fatty" = Double Plus Ungood

Wonder when this political correctness gone mad will cross the shores here?

1 posted on 05/30/2012 3:08:11 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I think Double Plus Ungood (though very clever on your part) is a weightist slur. Sorry, markomalley, we’re going to have to lock you up.


2 posted on 05/30/2012 3:15:02 AM PDT by samtheman (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888480/posts?page=2#2)
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To: markomalley
Numerous studies have shown that overweight people consistently underestimate how fat they are, and that those who are overweight when young are more likely to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer and die younger than those of a healthy weight.
All the perpetrators of those "numerous studies" are going to have to be tracked down and arrested. Such weightist slurs can't be tolerated and the perps don't get to hide behind so-called "science".
3 posted on 05/30/2012 3:17:30 AM PDT by samtheman (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888480/posts?page=2#2)
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To: markomalley

This is so gay.


4 posted on 05/30/2012 3:18:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: markomalley
Calling someone 'fatty' or 'obese' a hate crime in Britain

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5 posted on 05/30/2012 3:21:37 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: markomalley
Wonder when this political correctness gone mad will cross the shores here?

I suppose the day will come when classic sayings will be stricken from the history books and deem unlawful to say.....

Fatty Fatty 2 by 4 Couldn't get through the bathroom door, So he did it on the floor, Licked it up and did some more!

Who needs the 1st amendment anyway?

6 posted on 05/30/2012 3:26:43 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: markomalley
calling someone "fatty" or "obese" should be considered a hate crime

Then I guess lard ass or bubble butt is out of the question?

7 posted on 05/30/2012 3:28:09 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Sow the wind...reap the whirlwind!)
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To: markomalley
Fatty fat fatty Glenn Beck will send himself to prison for centuries !
8 posted on 05/30/2012 3:34:02 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: markomalley

It is here; it is just a question of degrees. When us little people say these things, it is hate; when politicians do it is a “gaffe”.


9 posted on 05/30/2012 3:45:46 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: markomalley

Well, clearly we need literal Language Police, replete with a SWAT Team for the very vile speaker.


10 posted on 05/30/2012 3:47:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: Lazamataz
I'd'a been impiracly (sic, disclaimer) executed b'cause o'my frequent, 'n oftimes misspelllings and improper usage of, ohhh ... say ... Marshall Law .. 'n overuse o'the apostrophe t'indicate lazy, colloquial speech patterns.

Or somethin' like that

11 posted on 05/30/2012 3:55:37 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: markomalley; All

I guess I can see the “hate” in this (maybe) but where is the “ctime”? It is speech only. Sticks and stones etc. What happened to freedom of SPEECH?


12 posted on 05/30/2012 4:00:10 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: shalom aleichem

“crime”


13 posted on 05/30/2012 4:01:38 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Lazamataz

Lazamataz, you are fined five credits for repeated violations of the verbal morality statute.

From “Demolition Man”:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106697/


14 posted on 05/30/2012 4:03:39 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: shalom aleichem

I don’t even see hate. In most cases, a remark about someone’s weight, though possibly insensitive, isn’t hate. The word hate, like the word love, is way overused.


15 posted on 05/30/2012 4:10:18 AM PDT by samtheman (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888480/posts?page=2#2)
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To: PastorBooks

If weight is a problem , I suppose telling a hygenically impaired person that their Body odor is foul is definitely out of the question.

How do people come up with this crap?


16 posted on 05/30/2012 4:12:00 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I think Britain has “jumped the shark.” We’re next.


17 posted on 05/30/2012 4:23:44 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: PastorBooks

Demolition man is a great movie, it’s like a crystal ball predicting our future


18 posted on 05/30/2012 4:28:02 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: RoosterRedux

Cartman: I’m not fat. I’m big-boned.

Stan: No, Jay Leno’s chin is big-boned. You are a big, fat ass.


19 posted on 05/30/2012 4:28:02 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: markomalley

I suppose “pig-dog” and “infidel” are still OK though, along with any anti-semetic or anti-Christian slur that you can think up.


20 posted on 05/30/2012 4:28:18 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: samtheman

I see no hate either


21 posted on 05/30/2012 4:30:04 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Lazamataz
Here are a few politically correct replacements for "fat"

Adipose-American

gravitationally challenged

stored energy endowed

sedentary-American

Feel free to add more.

CC

22 posted on 05/30/2012 4:32:29 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Celtic Conservative

LOL!!!

For some reason, the lyrics “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother” are running through my head. :)


23 posted on 05/30/2012 4:49:33 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: Celtic Conservative
I have one: Lardass!

Yo Mamma is so fat her belt size is equator!

24 posted on 05/30/2012 5:02:08 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

differently-sized

recreationally disadvantaged

couch-and-potato-chip gifted

zipper challenged

________________________________

This is quite the, um, challenge,CC! LOL.


25 posted on 05/30/2012 5:06:49 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: sirchtruth

Yo mama so fat, her circle of friends are Venus, Mars, and Mercury. LOL.


26 posted on 05/30/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: markomalley
just don't call me late for dinner.


27 posted on 05/30/2012 5:10:29 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: sirchtruth; Celtic Conservative; All

Yo Momma is so fat... LOL. That can take this thread in all new directions. :)


28 posted on 05/30/2012 5:10:59 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: Molon Labbie

LOL, please see post 24. :)


29 posted on 05/30/2012 5:12:16 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: TurboZamboni

LOL! Please tell me that’s photoshopped. !!

Definitely checking in on this thread later! :)


30 posted on 05/30/2012 5:14:17 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: proud American in Canada

I say: “I admire your ability to store energy.”


31 posted on 05/30/2012 5:21:18 AM PDT by Carlucci
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To: markomalley

Where would it end...if I say to a tall man, how’s the weather up there, is that hate? Or I call a tall strong woman an Amazon is that hate? Or someone shorter than me, I call them shorty...think about about it, hair color, bad complexion, odor, on and on like that...

Almost everyone is sensitive to something about themselves, how does that make me a hater, because I might hurt their feelings, making ridicule illegal, is nonsense, comedy would be be converted to hate.


32 posted on 05/30/2012 5:35:13 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: markomalley

Well, I suppose this is another thing that gets Morrissey in trouble.


33 posted on 05/30/2012 6:04:09 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Carlucci
I say: “I admire your ability to store energy.”

That is such a nice compliment! ;-)

34 posted on 05/30/2012 6:18:24 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: proud American in Canada
Shade in the summer and warmth in the winter.

Michael Mooresque.
35 posted on 05/30/2012 6:32:19 AM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: Molon Labbie

Yo mama is so fat she sweats gravy


36 posted on 05/30/2012 6:58:23 AM PDT by strider44
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To: markomalley

If saying that Michael Moore likes babies…Extra Crispy…is a crime, then let me be guilty.


37 posted on 05/30/2012 7:04:26 AM PDT by RichInOC (Mikey, you should have called it "Dude, Where's My Winky?")
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To: markomalley
How about "Chubby"? Is that OK?


38 posted on 05/30/2012 7:18:16 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: proud American in Canada
For some reason, I can hear Weird Al.
39 posted on 05/30/2012 8:11:51 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: USMCPOP

My guess is “fat ass” won’t cut it either...


40 posted on 05/30/2012 8:28:45 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: markomalley

Al would be in jail in no time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9dfREH95_M


41 posted on 05/30/2012 8:31:50 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Sergeant Stadinko: Hat! Hardhat! Give me that! Hello radio dispatch? This is Codename: Hardhat, Codename: Hardhat, do you read me? Over.

Chong: Was that Lard Ass?

Sergeant Stadinko: Hardhat. Codename: Hardhat. Do you read radio dispatch?

Chong: Hey, got somethin’ for ya Lard Ass!

Sergeant Stadinko: Hardhat! Hard! Hat! Do you understand?!

Cheech: Lard Ass! Lard Ass!

Sergeant Stadinko: Hardhat! Radio dispatch, do you know who this is?!

Cheech: No, who is this is?

Sergeant Stadinko: This is Sergeant Stadinko!

Cheech: Oh yeah, you know who this is?

Sergeant Stadinko: No!

Cheech: Bye-bye Lard Ass!


42 posted on 05/30/2012 8:36:02 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: USMCPOP
"I want butter on my burger!"
43 posted on 05/30/2012 8:39:19 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Awwww isn’t that special, it’s the kid’s birthday, and he has on his segmented Iron Man costume.


44 posted on 05/30/2012 8:51:30 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Good one!
45 posted on 05/30/2012 8:51:47 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Molon Labbie

46 posted on 05/30/2012 9:02:46 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: shalom aleichem
It is speech only. Sticks and stones etc. What happened to freedom of SPEECH?

Precisely. There should be no official 'hatespeech'. People should be as free to be as callous as they want.

Of course, I believe we should also revive the concept of 'fighting words'.

Not only will those who desire to be offensive expose themselves for what they are, they would run the risk of having their teeth smacked in.

47 posted on 05/30/2012 9:22:16 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: markomalley
This could make it a crime to draw attention to a person's weight.

So, by this reasoning, the 5 foot, 275 lb person would be guilty of calling attention to their own obesity.

I guess using the term 'lard a$$' would find me guilty and in solitary confinement.

48 posted on 05/30/2012 11:07:56 AM PDT by citizen (Obama blames:Arab Spring,Banks,Big Oil,Bush,Ceos,Coal,Euro Zone,FNC,Jpn Tsunami,T Party,Wall St,You)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Did you happen to notice what is written on the chalkboard in the background?


49 posted on 05/30/2012 11:33:20 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Only after I posted the picture...


50 posted on 05/30/2012 2:19:52 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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