Plus-Size Vlogger Calls Out Ariana Grande for Thoughtless Fat-Shaming (VIDEO)

hate the donut not the fattyThe dust has barely settled on "Donutgate." You know, when Ariana Grande licked donuts on a tray left out on a counter at Wolfee Donuts in L.A. and proclaimed that she "hates America"? The pop star later offered a half-assed, bizarro apology you may or may not have caught. But you definitely won't want to miss YouTube star Meghan Tonjes calling Ariana's bluff in an amazing viral video called "Hate the Donut, Not the Fatty."

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In an attempt to distract us from the fact that she was in a donut store, licking random donuts that would later be sold to unsuspecting customers, Ariana pulled out her inner politician to get on a soapbox about being "an advocate for healthy eating." Apparently, her behavior can be explained by the fact that food is "very important" to her and she sometimes gets "upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole." Riiight.

We already know her apology is completely nonsensical and simply deflecting from her bad behavior. Ariana was in a donut shop, buying donuts, and licking some she didn't buy. But as Meghan Tonjes points out, throwing fat people under the bus is nothing new.

Around two minutes into her commentary, she delivers this gem of a sound bite that sums up a LOT of our bipolar issues with weight and food:

If I were 120 pounds eating a pizza in my underwear on Tumblr I would be 'quirky,' and 'cute,' and 'real.' But if I'm 300 pounds and I'm eating pizza in my underwear, people are like: 'You're killing yourself,' 'you're disgusting,' 'you're everything that's wrong with America.'

Exaaactly.

And the rest of her commentary couldn't be more SPOT-ON.

She's so right, about it all, but especially that this is a nuanced conversation. One we're way too quick to boil down to conclusions that are simply false, i.e., "fat = unhealthy," "plus-size person = must be eating donuts 24/7, never eats salad," "thin person = must be so healthy, works out constantly, eats just organic vegs and steamed chicken!"

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Uh, NOPE.

Reality check: There are a plethora of reasons people are different sizes -- from genetics to hormone imbalance to mental health to a more sedentary culture to prescription drugs to not growing up with much education about nutrition, as Meghan notes.

The sooner we stop generalizing and start understanding that this is a complicated subject, one that deserves to be discussed with compassion and empathy vs. generalizations and scapegoating, the happier -- and healthier -- we'll all be. And that's food for thought that makes a LOT more sense than Ariana's defensive, nonsensical  ramblings.

 

Image via Meghan Tonjes/YouTube

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