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Life in Trump’s America: ‘Fat boy’ as insult

chris grahamI got outed as a fat boy by a commenter on an AFP story yesterday. Which is funny on many levels.

First level: fat boy as an insult. Really? I’m not, personally, into being all that sensitive about name-calling, but, I don’t know. Calling out somebody for their weight was cruel a generation ago. Today? Yeah. Not cool.

Second level: I’m not “fat.” Not that there’s anything wrong with people who have weight issues. Like the former me. Four years ago, I weighed 285 pounds. I was “fat,” in a manner of speaking. Then I decided to try to get in better shape, and more importantly, better health, lost 100 pounds, and now I run marathons.

My best guess is that the anonymous commenter (on social media, everybody is an anonymous commenter, for good reason) can’t do 75 pushups, 50 pullups, run a marathon, etc.

But of course, that’s not the point.

The point from this guy (I presume guy; Internet trolls are almost always guys) was to raise a hackle from the editor over a news blurb on an anti-pipeline rally in Richmond that the guy felt was biased.

Well, yeah, it was biased. AFP, editorially, has made it clear from the get-go that we don’t support the current effort to tear up people’s yards to put these pipelines in.

If you have an issue with that, it’s fine, but that’s where we stand on that.

The reader then took issue with the three seconds of research into his commenting history that has him otherwise mainly concerned about the free-speech rights of white nationalists.

Which, hey, you want to make a big deal over the free-speech rights of white nationalists, go right ahead, but don’t get your Underoos in a bunch when somebody calls you out for it.

This gets us to: fat boy.

Dang, folks. You don’t like an article about an anti-pipeline effort, call it biased, the editor makes mention of your concern for white nationalists, and you’re reduced to retorting by calling the editor, a marathon runner, fat boy.

This is life in Trump’s America.

Column by Chris Graham