Film Critic Lindy West Is Fat

Deal with it, mo-fos!

This is my body (over there—see it?). I have lived in this body my whole life. I have wanted to change this body my whole life. I have never wanted anything as much as I have wanted a new body. I am aware every day that other people find my body disgusting. I always thought that some day—when I finally stop failing—I will become smaller, and when I become smaller literally everything will get better (I’ve heard It Gets Better)! My life can begin! I will get the clothes that I want, the job that I want, the love that I want. It will be great! Think how great it will be to buy some pants or whatever at J. Crew. Oh, man. Pants. Instead, my body stays the same.

There is not a fat person on earth who hasn’t lived this way. Clearly this is a TERRIBLE WAY TO EXIST. Also, strangely enough, it did not cause me to become thin. So I do not believe any of it anymore, because fuck it very much.

And that’s just the beginning.

Context: West is a film critic and all-purpose comedian at The Stranger, one of two Seattle alt-weeklies and frankly, one of the best damn magazines on the continent. The senior editor at The Stranger is Dan Savage, the funniest and arguably best sex advice columnist in the world, as well as the founder of the It Gets Better Project.

Savage, a good-looking 40-something gay guy who works out a lot, is known for blunt and funny statements.  Sometimes he directs his wit at weight and obesity. In his defence, Savage is a strong advocate for healthy living and healthy eating and a raging critic of junk food and high fructose corn syrup and the lobbyists who fight for them, and good for him for that. He is absolutely sympathetic to the fact that not everyone is born with modelesque bone structure and genes. But he doesn’t have a lot of patience for the United States’ obesity epidemic and he sure does use the word “fat” a lot.

West works in Savage’s office. She is 263 pounds. She is a smart and hilarious writer. Her ferociously crass Sex In The City 2 review is awe-inspiring. Her review of The Eagle ran under the headline “Penis Penis Penis”. If it matters, she also looks great:

Savage recently wrote a blog post suggesting that if gay marriage should be outlawed because legal gay marriages would perpetrate an unhealthy lifestyle — this is an honest-to-god argument some idiots use, by the way — then fat marriage should also be outlawed. As usual he makes a good point, but readers who struggle with weight probably weren’t laughing. In fact, they probably felt like they’re just collateral damage in Savage’s campaign against homophobic shenanigans.

Lindy West remarked on his post, obviously peeved. And then she cut loose, and blogged a cap in his skinny ass. And it was glorious.

That’s a lot of background info for one link, so thanks for your patience with this post. It’s only February but in my books Lindy West’s Statement Of Fat is a leading candidate for Best Alt-Weekly Blog Post of 2011. Check it out!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

5 thoughts on “Film Critic Lindy West Is Fat”

  1. Hey, I think she looks good! And for that matter, so do I – and I’m about the same pound-for-kilo as Lindy. And my “greater than average” friends of all genders. And my thinner friends too.

    A smile, a heart and a witty repartee go a lot farther than painted clothes-racks.

  2. Ha! That was amazing. And my new favourite takedown of something douchey Savage has written–and considering his tendency to fuck up big-time on trans, bisexual, race, and general lady issues, there are a lot of other takedowns in that competition.

  3. Glad you guys read and enjoyed the post, I was worried it might be too dependent on personalities not too many people here know about. For the record I love Dan Savage to little bitty pieces and Lindy West is the bee’s knees.

  4. Coincidentally, I used her review of the Eagle as an example of concise writing in a tight space at our writer meeting this week. Amazing how much information West crams into an insanely readable 522-word review. We’ll never stop running big features in prairie dog but we could use more short articles for balance. I’d like that as a reader and I assume most other readers would too.

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