Hello! My name is Joe Kessler. I'm a 25-year-old grad student, studying linguistics at the University at Buffalo in upstate New York. I grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, and I went to college at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
I am pro-diversity in all domains, and I am a regular advocate for acceptance and celebration of linguistic variation. Not sure what that means? Feel free to ask me anything, or check out my blog on the subject.
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I am an enthusiastic fan of many things, in particular Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Band Perry, and Welcome to Night Vale. (A complete list of my TV fandoms, which show up the most on this blog, can be found here.) I am also a lifelong bookworm, and my favorite authors include Stephen R. Donaldson, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King.
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Ah, I see your point. To me, the obesity aspect was just so, idk, “obviously” a side-effect of nobody having moved for, well, decades and eating 24/7 that it my mind it was completely separate from negatively commenting on being fat today. But that was fairly naïve, I guess. I hadn’t really considered the impact on children who don’t really have the capabiltiy to conciously separate, in a sense, the link…
But again, people don’t uniformly become fat just by sitting around all day (and that sort of change wouldn’t be passed on genetically, especially in a time frame as short as 700 years). Moreover, though, I would say that your reaction to this aspect of the movie is the really troubling thing — that it seemed obvious to you, and I’m sure many other audience members, that the lazy people would be fat. It’s not that Pixar was inventing these stereotypes about fatness, but they were certainly reinforcing them.