**I have added a follow up article link at the end of this as more information is being discovered.**
A 19-year-old girl who won tickets to American Idol was forced to sit in the back because of her size.
Did you hear about this?
She and her friends showed up giddy to be in the audience. But when they were seated, she was told she had to sit in the back because she was too big. So her skinny friends got to stay up front while she was not only denied her rightful place in the front row, but had to face humiliation and degradation because she is supposedly fat. Another friend had to accompany her due to her shorts which were apparently not appropriate.
Even if this girl was large, why the hell should it matter? She won tickets! It’s her right to sit there. Her body size does not dictate her acceptability. Who the fuck cares what size an audience member is? People come in all shapes, sizes and colors- why create some carbon copy row of skinny people? Does the media industry really think that showing us only one type of body will get the rest of us “falling out of line” whipped into shape? I’m so sick of this crap.
More questions I have-
Who decides what fat is?
Why can’t fat sit in the front row?
Why is it acceptable in our culture to treat anyone who isn’t stick thin this way?
What’s it going to take for us to stand up and scream ENOUGH! and stop this madness?
For us this is a blip in the news but to this girl, she’s been shamed. It’s hard not to take these messages in and have them not negatively shape your own mindset about yourself. I’m sure most of us can remember a time when someone said something about our looks that we still remember years later, right? And it was probably something false and mean.
I am not sure what else to do to stand up against this bullshit except write about it, talk about it, and not participate in it myself. What do you do when you’re outraged?
P.S. American Idol is denying the claim. Who to believe?