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MeMe Roth Shows How Far We Have To Go

So yes, I'm playing into MeMe Roth's hand and blogging about her. In every press release involving this media relations expert, she mentions she has received coverage here at "BigFatBlog" [sic]. This is technically true; however, if you read the post about her here you'll find that unsurprisingly we found her message to be repugnant.

She's back again, claiming that American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is sending a bad message because she's "overweight".

But I'm not here to talk about Roth's over-the-top, laughably sad politics. I'm here to talk about her technique. She isn't doing much overall, it seems, but making big statements backed up by self-published press releases and TV appearances. And the only thing I can think of when I see this is, "Why the hell isn't a fat acceptance organization doing this?"

I'm serious. Is it money? Lack of interest? Lack of media savvy? All three? Because I'm at a frustration point here: we should definitely have people who are at least as creative as Roth in our midst and yet, nothing doing. In the meantime, our message is getting its clock cleaned by one absurd woman with one absurd message.

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coolshoes May 25th, 2007 | Link | Idol fat thoughts

Puh-leez. If Jordin Sparks is "overweight" then Paula Abdul is on-the-brink-of-death emaciated, and Reuben Studdard is needs-a-truck-scale obese. Jordin and Jennifer Hudson are NORMAL sized women. but of course we know that. I was kind of sad to see that Carrie Underwood, who used to have a semi-normal body, complete with feminine curves, has apparently capitualted to the image-monsters and lost a large amount of weight, along with her curves and ability and ability to have normal=sized folks relate to her. Her dress looked like it was hanging on a board. Sigh.
Lisa
"What you resist, persists."

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Kate Harding
May 25th, 2007 | Link | The problem with fat

The problem with fat activists is, we have this silly allegiance to facts. MeMe doesn't let that sort of thing stand in her way.

paul May 25th, 2007 | Link | True

That's true. But Roth has the truthiness thing going on - she can cite junk science all she wants, and it gets her airtime. That's a bummer.

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Kate Harding
May 25th, 2007 | Link | It's totally a bummer, Paul.

It's totally a bummer, Paul. I just don't think I'd be comfortable fighting fire with fire in this case.

Meowzer May 25th, 2007 | Link | I don't know that SA is

I don't know that SA is "getting its clock cleaned" by Roth any more than progressivism is "getting its clock cleaned" by Ann Coulter. Attention isn't respect.

Anyway, I doubt it's "lack of interest" on the part of activists in getting heard by the media that's the problem. It's more like our message doesn't dovetail with what advertisers want, and hers does.

paul May 25th, 2007 | Link | Good point.

It's more like our message doesn't dovetail with what advertisers want, and hers does.

Good point.

The "getting our clocks cleaned" comment came more from the mass media mentions - Roth gets airtime consistently on a national level, we do not.

Parrot May 25th, 2007 | Link | Effectiveness

Paul, I'm not sure why you're lamenting that we're not fighting the same way she is. From what I can see, these techniques AREN'T working for her. Public opinion against her statements about Jordin are through the roof. It seems to me like she's doing us a favour. She's so messed up that the general public is starting to see just how crazy these people really are.

I think she needs more airtime myself, she could really help out our cause!

paul May 25th, 2007 | Link | Effectiveness

While the techniques may not be working, it can't be denied that she is getting a large amount of play for her tactics - and has, each time they've gone down. Even if people disagree with her, she's still getting her warped message out there.

And yes, I do think that means some folks will look for an alternative - and that's when our movement should step up.

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Viola
May 25th, 2007 | Link | You know, watching that clip

You know, watching that clip of Fox news, I was really wishing someone would sue her. I don't know much about the law and they might lose the case, but I think it's worth a shot. I don't know if calling someone unhealthy is considered defamation of any kind, however. Given Jordin's racial background and the association of rates of medical issues with different ethnic backgrounds, implying she is not a good role model seems like skating on thin ice.

She says when she looks at Jordin Sparks, what she sees is diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Jordin is not the vision of health, she's the vision of unhealth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svxLdNsxPSw

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amanda8501
May 25th, 2007 | Link | I had the misfortune of

I had the misfortune of seeing this interview last week, I hate fox news but enjoy watching them make fools of them self, and I do have to say that I was happy her views were shot down by the host of the show. I think the reason she gets face time is because she is thin and pretty, aside from that the views of the Fat Acceptance movement can get major tv shows in trouble with their advertisers if they show a different side to the 'obesity epidemic'.

Personally I think the only way that we can get our beliefs out there is to plan ahead of time, send press releases out, and create a unified idea of what we believe. She obviously goes out and gets the airtime herself without waiting for them to call her.

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Beanietude
May 25th, 2007 | Link | Perhaps I'm missing something here...

But who the hell is she, exactly? I mean, what does she do except make an ass of herself? Is she a "journalist" or something of actual merit? I don't understand why she gets the airtime.

rebelle May 25th, 2007 | Link | So, when little Miss Me, Me,

So, when little Miss Me, Me, Me, Me, Me looks at an average-size teen, she sees diabetes and heart disease? Well, when I look at MeMe Roth, I see a self-absorbed twit who wouldn't know reason if it was gnawing her ass. And, yes, I just descended into name-calling. Maybe MeMe should get a job at a hospital, where she could employ her X-ray vision to determine heart disease and her freakishly psychic ability to read a person's blood sugar level? Obviously, she's already done so for Jordin!

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amanda8501
May 25th, 2007 | Link | From what I can tell Meme

From what I can tell Meme Roth got airtime from 'The Wedding Gown Challenge' which now has turned her into the founder and president of the 'National Action Against Obesity'. From what it looks like she has a craptastic website, with links to news stories from prweb.com.

I also think that she is a paid contributor to Fox news, since if you go to the website of her organization she has interviews with CNN and MSNBC once, and 12 on Fox news. Personally I think she is a nut, who is running a semi professional looking website, that has quotes from doctors that I have never heard of. Its a one woman show from what I can tell.

So in the end, make a semi professional looking website, make up a name that sounds legit and your on your way. Oh and make sure that you name has a cool acronym.

chondros May 25th, 2007 | Link | I'm pretty sure Roth isn't a

I'm pretty sure Roth isn't a Fox News contributor: they make a big deal about identifying their contributors (and a Google search for "meme roth" and "fox news contributor" turns up nothing). But they'd be crazy to pay her: she's a publicity hound. Unfortunately, her brand of extremism about a hot-button topic like obesity makes for great television -- or, at least, good ratings. Klansmen, for example, have long been talk show gold.

But I agree with some others here: just because she gets airtime doesn't mean she's winning converts. Most of the interviews she links to on her site seem to be hostile or skeptical (the Paula Zahn clip is an irritating exception).

On the other hand, it would be very nice to have an attractive, articulate spokesperson really pushing the FA agenda and latching onto opportune cultural moments like American Idol. If I were running NAAFA, I'd conduct a systematic search for such a person, complete with screen tests, and then do everything I could to get him or her on radio or TV at every opportunity.

chondros May 25th, 2007 | Link | Another thing -- a follow-up

Another thing -- a follow-up to amanda's mention of Roth's website. Unfortunately, it looks more professional than NAAFA's. This is another thing that really needs to change. I don't understand why NAAFA's home page doesn't feature the obvious: a montage of happy, active, engaged fat people of all ages and races and both sexes. (It would also be nice if the "latest news" weren't two months old.)

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amanda8501
May 25th, 2007 | Link | I told myself I wasn't going

I told myself I wasn't going to post again, but I do agree that we need to change our movement from mostly passive to a very active stance. The main problem is the fact that FA does not have a defined and agreed upon message. You have 2 FA advocates in a room both of them will have different views on many things but with people like Meme, they can say 'Well fat is unhealthy' and that is the end because most people are not educated enough to not only disagree but say why that is wrong.

In the end we do need a spokesperson but also a commercialized look, a unified message, and the media savvy that many people like Meme already have. Which is why it became clear to me that going into Marketing would help me with FA.

On a side note Paul I did enjoy your use of the word Truthiness....

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sabrina
May 25th, 2007 | Link | Meme is just unbelievable..someone smack her please!

A friend sent me the clip from youtube of how she went after American Idol winner Jordin Sparks...and my reaction was swift and harsh! Not only did I blast her on my blog at myspace http://www.myspace.com/ladycascadia, I ALSO emailed that woman at her hate site and told her she needs to GAIN 20 lbs because she looks like a f***ing cadaver!

Mean? Sure, but not as mean as she was...going on national TV to launch an unwarranted attack on a young woman who did nothing to hurt anyone. If you ask me, Meme Roth is as bad as Don Imus...or perhaps Ann Coulter.

As for her so-called "wedding gown" challenge, the year I got divorced (1989) I could fit my size 5 wedding gown. Do you know why? Because I went down from 125 lbs to 100 lbs because of a broken heart! Would I want to fit into my wedding gown if that's what it took? Hell, no! Besides, who says all brides are thin when they marry? That gal must not get out much lol...

Kate_P May 26th, 2007 | Link | I have to agree we're not

I have to agree we're not getting our clock cleaned by MeMe Roth. She's cleaning her own clock. She made the mistake of posting her idiotic rant on YouTube. Look at the comments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svxLdNsxPSw

The woman is doing more to help fat acceptance than we could have hoped in our wildest dreams.

So I think first and foremost we want to avoid having some fat acceptance advocate swinging way too hard brought on national television just to be made a laughingstock out of. I don't believe that there's no such thing as bad publicity. For fat acceptance that's a very real and present danger.

One strategy that IMHO is perfectly valid is just to let the anti-obesity crazies go on against practically anyone who is calm and reasoned - it doesn't even have to be a f.a. advocate - just this one guy who wasn't even preaching fat acceptance gently helped her self-immolate.

But as for your larger point - why does fat acceptance go so under the radar -- I think it's largely a problem of numbers, and it has to do with just the name "fat acceptance" being such a high ideological barrier to entry for so many people right at the outset. How to solve that is a complicated issue, but just seeking more attention without grappling with that barrier is probably not going to help us.

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May 26th, 2007 | Link | I don't think that the

I don't think that the problem is an absence of size acceptance folks/organizations taking a stand. Granted, the movement isn't as organized or cohesive as it could be, but there are people who are pretty vocal. What I've found is that the mainstream press only gives attention to size acceptance in a "counter-point" type situation. I mean, NAAFA, ISAA, or BFB can make as many pronouncements or press releases or statements as they/we want, but the press won't pay attention unless it fits their "angle".

Meme Roth gets press because she taps into the moral outrage that many people feel about fat. Vitriol is popular these days. She serves as a mouth piece, and mainstream press can get all those hateful things out in a public forum, without out actually saying it themselves. Then, they might cast their gaze in the direction of the size acceptance folks for a reaction. And THEN, unless its a live show, what ever a fat activist says will be edited heavily to "fit" the needs of the press.

I know. I've been there. As have other members of NYC NAAFA. Oh, and if you do find yourself being interviewed be prepared to be filmed in a full body shot, and have them ask you how much you weigh. Because part of the price of getting your point across is being put on display as "proud fat person" (ie freak).

This isn't to say that we shouldn't speak out. I'm just saying that it isn't a level playing field for getting the message out.

Parrot May 26th, 2007 | Link | More from Meme

I would like to quote here the text on the video from MeMe herself, because she does backpedal just a little bit and say a few really interesting things:

MeMe Roth- National Action Against Obesity- American Idol Obesity- Jordin Sparks- MeMe Roth- National Action Against Obesity- Pls note her comments vs. those scripted to introduce her.
From MeMe Roth...
For the record... I was invited onto news shows to discuss child obesity and the American Idol show. I have only ever used the words "tragedy" or "nightmare" to describe America's child obesity epidemic, not a person, and not a performer on American Idol. Nor have I used the word "obese" to describe Jordin Sparks. Nor have I said her size should prevent her from winning. I only stand behind the statements I made, nothing scripted to introduce any interview.

National Action Against Obesity's mandate is to 1) Rid schools of Junk Food; 2) Eliminate "Fake Food" from the food supply that contributes to obesity and disease; 3) Eradicate Secondhand Obesity--obesity handed down from one generation to the next...or across the culture; Plus) Promote exercise across all ages.

I have said and will continue to say that Jordin Sparks is an amazing talent and effervescent personality. Her extra weight is a reflection of today's society and a culture where many of our children have compromised health due to unhealthful food choices and inactivity. What seems in comparison to morbid obesity to be "just a little extra weight" does indeed increase our children's odds significantly for diabetes, heart disease, etc...and even more so if someone is Latino, African American, Asian or Native American. We now are seeing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and of course, type II diabetes, in our children at rates like never before.

The context of the comment about Jordin's imminent weight loss was aimed at unhealthful Hollywood handlers.

Fake foods? Secondhand Obesity? Good Lord!

wriggle99 May 26th, 2007 | Link | MeMe Roth shows how far we have to go

First off can we not abuse slim people for being slim? I'm getting a little bit sick and tired of 5 minute fatties, crudely mouthing off to the slim what they mouth off to the fat, -20 +20, it's the same insult.

As for the lady's game, it doesn't sound new to me. The structure of her game is not the same as the content, a bold statement can be true.
I agree with Kate H. we should stick to the truth, 'cos we are always called liars.

I think a lot of our problem though is that we are still too passive, reacting to any mindless chatter these people vomit up. They barely pose an 'argument' half the time, but we do their work for them with our 'shock' and 'sadness' giving the mere appearance of a 'debate' they say 'fat people stink' we say 'oh how could you,boo hoo!' How much longer are we going to be 'shocked' by what we have heard at least 50 million times?

Your frustration, is good, it means you are ready to move forward, you can only do that if we shake the game up.
Target e-mail campaigns when these people get on explaining that a 'debate' has at least two differing opinions, pressurize them to include the only other side, OURS. Concentrate pressure - include us or you are merely talking to yourselves. I'm sure a lot of you can come up with a lot better! If they edit the sense out of FA's, let them know what they are missing. The wordsmith's among us should start working on how to soundbite in a way that can only make sense if certain 'bullet points' are got across, like politicians do, except not boring.

Instead of getting all 'emo' tear the arse off their so-called 'arguments' this fool's got nothing to tear.
Let us analyse the 'logic' of what they are actually saying(good luck in actually finding any) rather than honouring them with the hearts they are not careful with. We maybe diverse, but when you've heard one of them, you've heard most of them. They are so predictable, I bet the media would love it if we rattled their cage, they are too damned lazy to. Eye-wink

Bayareagal May 26th, 2007 | Link | Thanks for that, wriggle.

Thanks for that, wriggle. The hypocrisy here really gets me sometimes, in terms of which size it's OK to insult and which size it isn't.

The last time I checked we were supposed to *not* seem like jealous and bitter fat people taking cheap shots at thinner people.

Meowzer May 26th, 2007 | Link | Secondhand obesity? You

Secondhand obesity? You mean, like if you sit next to a fatass on the bus, your own fat cells start a-multiplyin'?

I hope she keeps it up. She just sounds so unhinged, she can't help but assist our cause. She's our Manchurian Youtuber!

(And I have to admit I've taken to calling her "Micro-Me," but that's only because her brain is so very very small.)

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Catay
May 26th, 2007 | Link | Controversy

The reason her press releases get coverage is that they're controversial and oh, so, "topical".

I can't imagine NAAFA or any other size acceptance group submitting a press release saying that so-and-so shouldn't be an American Idol because they're not fat enough. It just wouldn't sail. It doesn't "fit" with the anti-epidemic rhetoric that is common in the media right now, nor the timeliness of the Idol television finale.

So, while MeMe (gosh how I love the self-importance of that name), has got the "epidemic" on her side, she's going to get attention 'cuz she ~flows~ with the crap. Trust me, this media saavy idiot will jump on the next bandwagon when she gets a chance.

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amanda8501
May 26th, 2007 | Link | lol sadly I watched all of

lol sadly I watched all of her interviews just to see what she was all about, she refers to 'Secondhand obesity' as parents who create fat kids. She totally throws out any fact that genetics might have something to do with it. She is also in the fat kids means child abuse group.

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tealou
May 26th, 2007 | Link | Gosh, where does a person

Gosh, where does a person even begin?

I guess what we need to do is not compare ourselves to bullshit rhetoric for a start.

I kind of sit in the camp that thinks we should ignore her. I think it wastes our energy, and we cannot win no matter what we say. She plays the wedge politics game - and you can NEVER win if you are on the back foot in it.

I think, like any movement that feels has facts on their side, just keep fighting the good fight.

I liken it to a liberal volunteering to go on the O'Reilly Factor. If you talk too much sense, you'll get attacked or have your mic switched off, so what is the point?

I actually think that rather than make fun of her and play her game, we should publicly feel sorry for her. Frame it in such a way that defuses her rants - that she really is kinda lame, taking potshots at a 17 year old black girl because she has been caught up in junk science. When I read things like this, I actually feel sorry for the person that wrote it, primarily because it must suck to be so caught up in anti-fat rhetoric that you feel the need to attack a young girl when she has just WON AMERICAN IDOL!

Thats just an example.

We also need to decide what our role is. To me, winning one person over into accepting their bodies and battling their demons is a whole lot more important than scoring cheap points over someone on Fox News. I think we should up the anti a bit in terms of blogging etc. I can't rant too much on my own blog, because it is attached to my business, but we need to start linking back to what Sandy Schwarz has to say -- we need to professionalize the NAAFA site, we just need to start chipping away -- lend our copies of the Diet Myth/The Obesity Myth to any of our friends that talk about diets.

The hard thing about being right is that it is too easy to get distracted with the petty stuff. Instead we should just be chipping away at it, try our best to not be emotional or rhetorical and instead, be HONEST about things. Talk about your pain with diets. Talk about our daily experiences with being overweight. Talk about our failed Lap Bandings (in my case) talk about how doctors treat us... it is the stories that will resonate more than ANYTHING else.

chondros May 26th, 2007 | Link | Catay, I agree that the FA

Catay, I agree that the FA movement would be swimming upstream in an effort to get as much play as a MeMe Roth. But I'm sure we can get our voice heard. Fat people are constantly being persecuted in our society and there are plenty of opportunities for a smart, feisty FA type to try to make hay out of some current event in politics, media, the justice system, etc. The person in question should be a professional. kimdog, you make it sound like they were just having various individual members of NAAFA NYC represent them on TV. Was that the case?

And once an articulate and interesting spokesperson becomes known to major media, they'll keep calling back. I'm sure Neil Cavuto's producers would have *loved* a verbal slugfest between Roth and someone from NAAFA. And it's possible to create good television without lying or being gratuitously nasty, e.g.:

Question to Roth: You say you come from a line of people predisposed to obesity. Were your parents fat?

Either Roth says no, opening herself to ridicule as a liar, or she says yes, opening herself to:

"So were your parents abusing you by subjecting you to 'secondhand fat'?"

And so on. It *can* be done. We need an organization to *do* it.

chondros May 26th, 2007 | Link | Quick follow-up in response

Quick follow-up in response to tealou (who posted just before I did):

I totally agree that we need to keep fighting the good fight and winning individual converts. But I think we can also play the media game, thereby giving hope and encouragement to large numbers of fat people. Not every media outlet will be the anti-fat equivalent of Bill O'Reilly. And I think you gave a great example of the way a FA spokesperson could react to a MeMe Roth when she tries to attack someone like Jordin Sparks.

paul May 27th, 2007 | Link | Nice points

Great discussion, everyone.

But I think we can also play the media game, thereby giving hope and encouragement to large numbers of fat people.

Agreed. Not every media outlet is Fox News, but the media game is going to have to be played at some point if we want more support on our side.

rebelle May 27th, 2007 | Link | How, exactly, does MeMe

How, exactly, does MeMe propose to eliminate obesity that is "handed down from generation to generation"? Eugenics? Selective breeding? I think she has her head lodged firmly in the sand, interpreting such things as "fat parents tend to have fat children" as a smoking gun that "proves" these fat parents are, of course, passing along their bad habits, ergo, their children are fat. But that isn't what "fat parents have fat kids" means. (And, yes, fat parents do also have thin kids and thin parents have fat kids). What the statement is really reflective of is the fact that weight is largely genetic. Not only should MeMe have to read the Obesity Myth, she should really read "Rethinking Thin" and pay close attention to the studies by Stunkard which showed adopted kids' weight was similar to their biological parents'...no matter what kind of food was served in their adoptive homes, and no matter what kind of "lifestyle" they were taught. (Another researcher in the book found that, while subjects who were fat had trouble losing weight and keeping it off...subjects who were thin had trouble GAINING very much weight, no matter how much they tried.
(And, no, I don't know Gina Kolata, or have a vested interest in promoting her book. I realize this is the third time I've mentioned it, but despite its flaws, she shows that science is on our side).

wriggle99 May 27th, 2007 | Link | Cheap shots!

Hey there Bayareagal!

I too never got this hostility thing toward the thin, even when I was trying to diet. When all around me; slim, plump, (much more than any fat ones, in my experience) were saying I wish that skinny would put on weight, I didn't see how that was going to get weight off ME.

Some the most insightful people on this issue are the naturally thin, they know they are not 'exercising any self-control' so they know that, although that could be flattering to them, it's B/S.

The worst offenders are often the slim that want to get thin and the plump who are sometimes fuelled by a vitriol based on the fear that they have an inner fatty waiting to bust out, and for them, you are that fatty!

Meowzer May 27th, 2007 | Link | And let's not forget,

And let's not forget, someone like Roth often gets media attention because of her looks alone. Like Ann Coulter, she has the kind of looks that TV producers just love, because they think people (immature males, in particular) will stop and watch just because of her appearance. (Not that either of them is particularly attractive in my estimation, but I'm not the target demographic.) They just love love love those skinny blondes, especially if the skinny blonde is looking for a fight. She could be going on TV to argue with Paula Deen about the proper way to make deviled eggs and they'd still give her airtime.

diane May 27th, 2007 | Link | Sadly, "hate" sells. All

Sadly, "hate" sells. All you have to do is come up with a good (aka--sellable) soundbite with talking points to rattle off, and as long as it's something that most people believe anyway and there's a "good-looking" person spouting the information, then you're good to go! That's all Coulter, and this Roth person, or any of them, for that matter, do.

Unfortunately, the Fat/Size Acceptance movement doesn't say what most people believe. Ask someone if they think a 200 or 300+ lbs person can be "healthy" and they'll most likely tell you "no". If you ask them why, they'll say being that fat impedes on the body and a person's health. However, ask them the same about a 120 lb person, and most likely they'll shift from that person's size being the "cause" of health problems to other possible risk factors that person may have. So then "can a 120lb person be healthy?" becomes a "yes, depending on....." senario. Well, at least that's the way I see it from my perspective anyway. So, all we need are some snazzy soundbites, and a gorgeous (in societies eyes) celebrity to hawk them!

Also, about remarks made about thinner bodies. I personally don't think it stems from a dislike of that person's smaller size, but more of the anger and frustation, and even envy of the privilege that thinner person enjoys in society just for being thin. Just like I don't actually "hate" rich people, I'm just envious of how much easier their life is and how society cater's to them because of their wealth.

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directisaa
May 27th, 2007 | Link | The other side to this is

The other side to this is being contacted by the producers of the show. FOX has ISAA's contact info, I've been on a couple of their shows before and Catherine Schuller has been on Neil Cavuto representing ISAA. They wanted a counterpoint from someone besides a size acceptance org -- they chose Newsweek, of all places. I found that in itself to be fascinating and in fairness, he did a decent job pointing out that she was acting like a fascist.

Best Wishes,
Allen Steadham
Director ISAA

spinsterwitch May 29th, 2007 | Link | I'm aware that Marilyn Wann

I'm aware that Marilyn Wann gets a fair amount of publicity and creates venues that bring the issue to the public.

But that issue aside, I think that what we are seeing is that the message that Meme brings is an extreme version of what's considered acceptable by most people today. The extreme part is why she gets on FOX news. They are not interested in considered arguments with actual facts, they just want arguments. They are the Jerry Springer of news.

The reality is that Meme has no expertise, except that she comes from a family that was overweight (this is in her profile on her website).

I believe that NAAFA could vet and present a spokesperson who is polished and media savvy, and the message would still not get air time, except perhaps as an extreme view. What the media doesn't feel is relevant is not covered.

Joycelyn June 1st, 2007 | Link | MeMe Roth

I have a friend in publishing who has told me that many magazines use size as a criteria for whether or not they accept an author. Advertisers don't want pictures of fat authors published. So, if there is any chance that a picture of the writer may appear anywhere, those magazines will not accept their work. After all, how would it look if a fat person was seen as being smart or experienced or creative? Perhaps it would cut into their profits.

How much harder is it to get an article that actually refutes the obesity-is-deadly-and-ugly message? One that says that child abuse is picking on fat kids.

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June 4th, 2007 | Link | meme response to my email

well, she responded to my email... of course it was chock full of spin for her group. Now what I don't understand here is WHY are some people here DEFENDING this woman and her inexcusably prejudiced comments! My issue with Meme isn't so much that she slams on fat people in general, it was that she chose to do a Don Imus and go after a young girl and throw water on her moment...and make very pointed and personal comments about Jordin...and for what? SELF-PROMOTION FOR HER SO-CALLED CAUSE! Has Meme forgotten what it is like to be 17 and have someone do something like that to you? Her comments smack of an old battleaxe who is jealous of a younger person who is actually accomplishing something and ot just sitting around being smug and saying "well, at least I'm THIN" as all that's all it takes to be acceptable.

That is the reason I ripped on Meme, not because I was being so-called "emo"... or wishing I was thin again! I said so she can see how it feels to be judged based on size!

Meme in her email claims she has gotten death threats because of her appearance on the show. Well, I got no sympathy for her. They way I see it, if she can't take it...then she's got no business dishing it out! When someone gets on national television and says that all she sees when she looks at a large sized person is disease, then they deserve every invective in the book! She was wrong for her attack on Jordin and she knows it!

Netekay June 6th, 2007 | Link | MeMe was on Inside Edition

MeMe was on Inside Edition last night spouting off about Jordan and they actually called her an obesity expert!!!!

Jawdropping!

EXCUSE me?! Just because someone can slam fat people doesn't make them an expert. PULEEZE!!!! I'm glad to say that I shot them a very nasty note this morning. I'll follow up if they reply.

jmars June 7th, 2007 | Link | Everyone is calling her an

Everyone is calling her an "obesity expert" these days (see the headline of an article on the front page of CNN.com).

I sent a note -- not a nasty one, though -- to Dr. Sanjay Gupta (only because I didn't know who else to contact) asking exactly what credentials this woman has on which basis CNN refers to her as an "expert" on any subject other than self-promotion. I don't really expect a response, but I think it's time we start calling the media out when it perpetuates silliness like this.

chondros July 4th, 2007 | Link | I was just channel surfing

I was just channel surfing (heavy rain here on the Fourth of July) and I ran across another exchange between Fox's Neil Cavuto and the odious Ms. Roth. The topic was competitive eating -- I gather a restaurant called Nathan's has a hot dog eating contest every Independence Day.

Whether a clip of the interview will make Roth's web site or not, I don't know. I do know that the part I caught (the last three minutes or so) was unusually satisfying for a MeMe-hater like me to watch.

Under the pretense of banter, Cavuto said some pretty blunt things to her. He reproached her for her attacks on Jordan Sparks and called her out when she tried to defend herself by lying about what she'd said and the circumstances under which she'd said it. He accused her (justly) of hating fat people. He asked her if she had any fat friends (she came up with "Benjamin Franklin"). He told her that someday she would get fat and would have to hate herself when she did. MeMe tried to pretend that these lines of questioning didn't bother her, but through her obviously fake laughter it was pretty obvious she was disconcerted and unhappy.

I find myself more and more convinced that someone as unlikeable as Roth might really be a benefit to our side.

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jportnick
July 4th, 2007 | Link | Wow-- I don't know who this

Wow-- I don't know who this Neil Cavuto is, but I applaud him for calling a spade a spade. If Meme Roth had fat friends they probably have disappeared from her life by now. I only wish she would disappear from mine.

Jennifer Portnick
Personal Trainer (who is fat)
San Francisco, CA

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