I was nervous for last night’s Presidential debate. Partially because debates make me nervous in general…and partially because I was pretty sure that Twitter would become flooded with fat jokes about moderator Candy Crowley, who is a plus-size woman. And, sure enough, it did. Because heaven forbid a woman who isn’t thin be allowed to do anything in this country without her weight being brought up by rude, fat-shaming jerks.
Crowley, a vegetarian, has been open about her weight in the past, admitting that she’d been trying to lose weight and get healthy. And, indeed, last night, she looked pretty great. But that didn’t stop the tirade of meanness that was to come.
The body-snarking of Candy Crowley started days before the actual event, but became even more heated once allegations of favoritism toward the president started circling. By this morning, “Candy Crowley fat” was the top suggested search result on Twitter.
Here’s a sampling of some of the ultra-classy talk from last night:
And some from this morning:
However, not everyone was so ready to use this exceptionally low form of insulting a professional woman. Here’s a right-wing organization that wasn’t going to stoop to that level:
It’s nice to see that not everyone is OK with using a woman’s weight as the go-to insult. The media also isn’t taking it lying down. The Huffington Post and a variety of other blogs have been calling out the fat-shamers and body-snarkers for engaging in this kind of hurtful, tasteless rhetoric.
Still, the predictability of this response is pretty upsetting. I was so hoping that we, as a nation, might be able to elevate ourselves about fat jokes and slights and instead focus on the actual salient points of the debate. But alas, we could not. The sad truth is that some people are simply unable to see a plus-size woman and not make a comment about it. What a disappointment.