I’ve joined the 21st century by having (and actually following and posting to) a facebook account. As usually happens on a social networking site, people talk. And, of course, this week they’ve been talking about Kevin Smith and what happened.
Now, I’ve already written some things about that, that’s not what this post is about. Instead, it’s about how I was accused of using hyperbole when I was describing the actual discrimination that fat people go through. Not only being denied privileges other people have (because yes, flying is a privilege), but also being harassed, having violence done to them, having their children taken away for no reason, and other things.
Apparently, telling the truth is the new hyperbole.
Because, I know what the word hyperbole means. But, just in case, I looked it up on dictionary.com:
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”
Now, the things I stated in response to friends and friends of friends weighing in on the idea, was actual things that have happened. I told about the so-called study accusing fat people of causing global warming (and also attempted to show how fat people were the cause of the global economic crisis as well). I told about the children who are being taken away from their parents because they are obviously being abused (the children are fat, after all) in both the US and the UK. I even told about the three state representatives in Mississippi who tried to get a law passed in Mississippi that made it illegal for fat people to eat in restaurants (that one had such a universal outcry the three authors of the bill dropped it a week later).
The responses I received were to tell me I was using hyperbole.
But this is making me wonder: Is the “other side” so used to using exaggeration in their debates that they just assume we are doing the same? Are they so used to exaggerating the alleged health risks of obesity, they cannot even listen to the things we can back up, the so-called studies we can back up making everything fat people’s faults, or the mega study done showing that diets don’t work (also something that can be backed up)?
But really, why did nobody tell me that truth is the new hyperbole? I mean, sheesh, I thought I was on the memo tree!