People Who Think They Know Everything Are a Great Annoyance to Those of Us Who Do. -Isaac Asimov
Episode #108 is the last in a series about fat shaming. I take a look at how fat folks can unwittingly contribute to its virulence.
Schadenfreude is the word in German (enjoying the misfortune of others) and what sparked this episode was a video by a German supermarket chain which aspired to be inspirational but missed the “inspirational” mark in a totally conventional yet offensive way. Some did find it inspirational and I take a look at why. Or, at least, I try to take a look at both sides.
View The German Supermarket Video
“Don't reach for the halo too soon. You have plenty of time to enjoy yourself, even a little maliciously sometimes, before you settle down to being a saint.”
“The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves.”
“But it does make you feel smaller, which is a relief in some ways. When you screw up, it seems less terrible. all these people, everybody screwing up.”
“We are all the judges and the judged, victims of the casual malice and fantasy of others, and ready sources of fantasy and malice in our turn. And if we are sometimes accused of sins of which we are innocent, are there not also other sins of which we are guilty and of which the world knows nothing?”
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