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Paparazzi & Propaganda
I really hate tabloids. I really hate that every single lane in the grocery store is filled with magazines and articles about “famous” individuals and every single aspect of their personal life is touted as “news”. Never mind multiple overseas conflicts, a failing economy or the biweekly scandals – clearly paparazzi and stalking are the important things, they tell us. However, though I’ve accepted this aspect of society, there are still those few cases that still shock me, as was the case in an article on Daily Mail Online – a magazine with a lineup of various “celebrities” and other stuff I don’t care about – posted here:
It’s just my luck that I spend last month taking an ax against porn models only to agree with one the month after. The fact that they’d sell the photos without Jacqueline’s consent and attempt to justify it via legalese is insulting to even the most ignorant person’s intelligence. Then to use it, juxtaposed against a campaign message that’s toxic twice over: telling big girls they are “scary” and unworthy of love and companionship and encouraging infidelity. Usually, at this point, I’d make some sort of joke under the impression that they wouldn’t stoop low enough to meet my example, but this already proves these advertising agencies have no moral compass. They’ll one-up even my twisted sense of humor and mean every mean-spirited word of it to boot.
Next, after all that, I invite you to look at the comments section towards the bottom of the page (not for too long though; staring at comments sections on the internet is the intellectual equal of staring into the sun) and just take in the general trends. You see it, don’t you? This, ladies and gentlemen, is the modern-day equal to blackface – a concerted, focused hatred and contempt for one specific group that culminates in the depersonification and dehumanization of the “other” being targeted. It doesn’t stop there, however. Consider the following article as Exhibit B:
Once more, examine the comments. Now try and tell me with a straight face that I go too far with the term “Pro-Ana Propaganda”. According to these people anorexia is a “choice” and being big is “scary”. It sounds like the start to a Twilight Zone episode in how twisted it is, where being corpse-thin is considered fine, but a plus-sized model showing confidence in her body is met with ridicule and hate. “Celebrities” are hounded for gaining or losing or staying the same weight and comments section seethe with hate and narrow-minded bigotry.
Our response to all this nonsense and vitriol is a simple and concise: No. We reject your hate, your lies, your slander, your biases, your prejudice. We will remain patient and strong in the face of their immaturity and childish judging of others. We will weather the storm and show them that love and acceptance of humanity on the merit of being human is greater than their ill-conceived preconceptions about size in modern society. We love whilst they hate; we accept whilst they condemn. Soon enough, they’ll find they have no choice but to admit the error of their ways. Be at peace, dear reader, for our victory will come in due time.
Written by: Jeff M.
|"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"
~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
|"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow