I’m not sure how many folks yesterday read this article by Golda Poretsky at Body Love Wellness. To quote Golda, in a nutshell — because I hadn’t really planned on spending time or brains writing today — “Finally, The Biggest Loser, NBC’s heinous, fat-hate juggernaut, is adding kids into this mix. Specifically, two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old who are competing, sort of, in Season 14 of
Yelling At Fat People The Biggest Loser.”
She’s starting a Twitter campaign to try to get the show to not go ahead with this move. “Just be sure to use the #stopbiggestloser hashtag, and it doesn’t hurt to direct your tweets to @NBC and/or @biggestlosernbc.”
I don’t know if this campaign will work, if it will actually be enough to get the show to realize — or care about — how harmful this move may be.
But I do know that kids — even teenagers, and in some cases, especially teenagers — deal with enough bullying and shaming already. All it serves to do is to browbeat them and to make the abusers — because, yes, body shaming is verbal abuse — feel better about themselves. The last thing kids need is a multimillion dollar show, complete with celebrities, standing against them.
What they do need is more people speaking up for them.
ETA: Ragen Chastain and Jeanette DePattie have started a petition as well.