The other day I was looking at a website that sells articles for blog entries. Not to buy any for this blog (I have a lot of ideas to write about, and if my ideas dry up, I’ll just go to a different updating schedule or close down the blog, but I don’t see that happening for a long time). But to see if I could write the type of articles they seem to want. Being a paid writer is a dream of mine, you see.
Anyway, one of the articles was about “Holiday Eating for Fat People.”* It was about the most condescending piece of crap you could ever imagine. It started out stating something like “One thing you obese have to realize” and went downhill from there (from the snippet of about 3 paragraphs the site gave so you could see if you wanted to buy it).
I obviously did not buy the article, so I don’t know how bad it got. But I would say to the author of the article, way to go to offend your supposed target demographic. Putting things into an us/them situation is NOT going to help you sell that article.
Showing people you are looking down your nose at them is not going to bring you money. If you really want to do an article about how to not overeat for the holidays, at least try to get over yourself enough to not say “here’s what you obese have to do.” That should be so obvious. That it’s not says something about the state of the culture we live in.
*Not the actual title of the article, I can’t remember what the real title was, and can’t be bothered to go back and look.