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On Saturday’s post, I hinted about certain people that serve as a proxy for hate. They say the things that people no longer may wish to say for fear of reprisal. They serve as a lightning rod for gleeful malevolence. They act ugly to win clicks. And by Jiminy, it certainly works. I referred to a certain person who posted an extremely hateful video online. (You can look up her name in my previous post, but I don’t recommend it.) Now the video is down. She’s all up and down twitter and other social media feeds saying the big fat bullies got her video taken down. She’s crying about her right to free speech. Meanwhile, all the evidence points to the fact that she took the video down herself to get, you guessed it, more publicity.
So what are we to do? I talked about this with a few of my other size acceptance colleagues and we agreed that continuing to draw attention to her is giving her exactly what she wants. She’s sowing click-bait hate and is reaping results. And in this case, I think the answer is to sow a little love. So throughout the day, I plan to share body loving pieces from people who are doing awesome work. I’m going to share this love in my blog, in all my social media feeds and to everybody I know. I’m going to do my little bit to drown out that hateful attention seeking behavior with a little bit of positive good work. And here’s my first entry. My dear friend Marlene sent me a link to this one. (It’s not perfect but it’s mostly awesome…)[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21LHPg57nxg]
So now it’s your turn. How can we drown out some of that ugly hater stuff? Let’s link to love! I challenge you to post 3 pieces of body love in your social media feed. Let’s share the awesome! And while we’re talking about awesome, let me remind you:
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Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)