Those that know me will tell you I am truly a mild mannered soul. Yes I can and do become angry, but I never carry it to extremes. In fact I think extremes of anything are a bad thing.
Well, today someone who apparently thought this was funny dropped me an email with a picture in it.
I don’t find it funny, not even a little bit.
I find it insulting.
The organization in question, PETA, does have a bit of a habit of using somewhat controversial ads to get their message out. I have no problem with that, I will not comment or debate on their goals, philosophy, or methods.
This is not a political blog, and I don’t plan to make it one.
The first amendment guarantees (amongst other things) the right to freedom of both speech and artistic expression. That in and of itself should not be used as an excuse to insult, laugh at, or humiliate anyone. It should also not be used as an excuse for (apparently) letting a room full of drunk college freshman design your ad campaign.
It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword.
It’s also said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
I say that this billboard is a stab in the face.
You want to save the whales? great.
You want to prevent animal cruelty? more power to you.
You want to be a vegetarian? be my guest.
You want to post a billboard that insults people, even those that may agree with you? screw you.
I don’t care who you are or what your message is, you have no right to mock people for being overweight. Trust me, they get enough already.