If you’re obese and a part of the “body positivity movement,” you’re probably also a low IQ moron.
Natalie Hage, 30, of Dallas, Texas, is a full-time student, plus-size model, and social media influencer. She’s built a platform on promoting body positivity and health at every size — but on Friday, Hage’s message was put to the test when she came face to face with a body shamer on an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles.
Gross gross gross. She’s teaching young women that being obese is fine. It’s not. She’s killing herself. It’s a suicide for the extremely vain and faint of heart, but it’s still suicide.
Hage had paid nearly $70 for extra leg room, and boarded to find only middle seats remaining. Upon sitting down, the welcome she received from the man to her left was less than warm. “I could tell from the second I walked up that he was bothered,” she told TODAY. “He was making it very clear — jerkily arranging himself in his seat, slamming his seat belt — obviously distressed that I was alive next to him. I almost asked him if he was OK, it was so dramatic.”
Being repulsed by someone who doesn’t take care of themselves is a very normal reaction. Hage doesn’t have to like it. Maybe the man was even rude about it. But potentially losing room on a flight because some lady couldn’t put down a burger and having to sit uncomfortably squeezed next to them for several hours never made anyone particularly happy.
Then she noticed him putting his phone between his knees, with his finger near the camera button. She suspected he was taking pictures of her — and when she glanced down at his phone, she saw a stream of derogatory comments that the man didn’t even seem to be trying to hide.
“Hopefully she didn’t have any Mexican food,” said whoever was on the other end of the text message.
I think that shit’s funny. Sorry not sorry.
“I think she ate a Mexican,” the man had responded, later adding, “If the news reports a DFW Airbus A321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.”
Hage was shook. “I mean, I have a body-positive platform … even I, in that moment, felt an inch tall,” she told TODAY. “On a computer, you can delete it or scroll past it, but to have it happen in front of my face was surreal. The whole flight, I wanted to disappear.”
But as Hage thought about the message she spreads online, “I knew I needed to practice what I preach,” she explained. “If I didn’t say something, I’d regret it forever. I’d be a hypocrite … I’ve made a platform to make people feel good about taking up space in the world, and this dude wanted to make me feel bad for existing.”
Sure, the man was being rude. I quite frankly wouldn’t have texted then displayed my phone for the woman to see. But fat shaming works. It didn’t work in this particular instance because Hage has been provided with a false sense of self-righteousness from the body positivity movement to tell her that her lifestyle choice (and yes, it’s a choice) is something that’s normal and that she can inspire others. In reality, it harms others who would do well to lose weight.
Hage decided to address the man at the end of the flight, so as not to cause a disturbance and allow for a quick exit if necessary. She filmed the interaction and posted it to Facebook, where it now has more than 1.2 million views.
The man, named Eric, first denied the comments, but then apologized when Hage quoted his words back to him and revealed that she had photographic evidence of the exchange. As she challenged him, though, he lashed out again, asking her if she felt that she should be sitting in an exit row where she might need to help others in an emergency. Hage said she kept her composure, explaining that she in fact works out five times a week and that she was a model on her way to a photo shoot. He apologized again and, oddly enough, offered to buy her dinner “for the trouble.”
The man brings up a legit point. If the plane had an emergency, Hage could very well cause a crisis by not being able to get her butt into gear or blocking the way. Completely legit complaint from the man in question. He shouldn’t have given her the opportunity to see what he was typing into his phone. That much is certain. But the fact that she used “I’m a model on my way to a photo shoot” as a way to rub in her sense of self-righteousness for the way she looks, makes me even less sympathetic to her. No one posts pics of fat men in bathing suits and tells women that they’re sexually desirable. Why? Because they’re not!
Hage told TODAY that Eric’s assumptions were unfortunately consistent with her experience as a plus-sized woman. “I’ve gotten crap at work — people saying that I looked messy or dumpy or wasn’t trying hard enough — even though I put money and time into the way I would dress,” she said. “I’ve had people yell stuff out of their cars, make comments about things in my grocery cart … little microaggressions, like people huffing and puffing trying to get past me.”
And to think… to stop the judgement all she would have to do is actually take care of herself, eat right, and work out. But modern day liberalism tells women that their body is a thing of pride at any size. Regardless of how much danger one is in from their body being a walking obesity disease.
She hopes people who hear this story will feel inspired to treat others with kindness, but also to check their assumptions about larger bodies. “You don’t know anything about somebody by the size of their body. You know the size of their body,” said Hage. “You don’t know what they eat or don’t eat, if they exercise or don’t, how they got that way, if they’ve been much bigger and this is the smallest they’ve been. Out of the cool opportunity to get to know people in this world, you miss out on the chance to connect with another person because you decided to judge them instead.”
She added, “We’re all in this life together … Learn how to be a kind spot in someone’s day.”
This woman would be the first to condemn a skinny woman for making women into sex objects and telling thin women that they have “thin privilege” whilst saying that all bodies should be accepted. This is the epitome of an idiotic woman who’s on death’s door and glorifying it. Yes, we do know a lot about your body by looking at it, Hage. You’re unhealthy. You’re possibly at risk for diabetes. And I wouldn’t want to be squeezed next to you on a flight either. And the fact that you try to look fashionable with all the weight attached means you have no desire to change, grow, or become a better human being. You’re fine where you are. Which is pitiful.
Fat shaming works. Those who say to act with kindness are often the first to judge a thin woman in a bikini ad.
Enjoy the future knee and back problems, Hage. Because they’re coming for you fast.