On our March 1st show, about weight discrimination, follows in the wake of the media frenzy surrounding Kevin Smith and Southwest Airlines.
Over the Valentine's Day weekend, famed writer and director Kevin Smith was removed from his flight for being 'too fat' - and after bringing public attention to this incident, he received an apology from Southwest Airlines and was given a seat on a replacement flight; however, when the woman seated next to him was subjected to the same humiliating experience, Silent Bob became 'Not So Silent Bob.'
This brought a backlash from the media, and from members of society, who considered Kevin's weight, health and lifestyle to become the subject of criticism, proving that one's size is still considered the last 'socially acceptable' grounds of prejudice, discrimination and hate.
When it comes to obesity and being overweight, the filters of acceptability seem to fall away. People seem comfortable making comments, criticisms, and derogatory comments that degrade and insult a fellow human being, eroding away their confidence and attacking their sense of self.
To examine this issue further, we brought in four wonderful guests to talk about weight discrimination, the rights of people of size, and 'fat advocacy': Jill Andrew (Fat activist and founder of Curvy Catwalk), Prof. Anna Kirkland (author of Fat Rights: Dilemmas and Difference of Personhood), Peggy Howell (PR director of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance), and Natalie (known from her appearance on Kevin Smith's SModcast).
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