With a tagline like that, you just can’t help but press play on Meghan Tonjes‘ video titled “Hate the Donut, Not the Fatty“. You may think it’s a comedy skit or just some ramblings but in actuality, it’s a video that speaks to a topic that we should be talking about and fighting against.
Meghan genuinely and frankly talks about the double standards when it comes to plus size women and junk food. The video has now gone viral and in the process, Meghan has made a powerful statement, shedding light on a conversation that tends to be avoided outside of the plus community.
In a witty, engaging and genuine fashion, Meghan talks about Ariana Grande’s recent “DonutGate”, the infamous leaked video where Grande licks a donut and says she hates America. And “DonutGate” is just Meghan’s lead-in to talk about the bigger issue… how fat people are perceived and judged according to how they “look”:
“If I were 120 pounds eating a pizza in my underwear on Tumblr, I would be ‘quirky,’ and ‘cute,’ and ‘real.’ But if I’m 300 pounds and I’m eating pizza in my underwear, people are like: ‘You’re killing yourself, you’re disgusting, you’re everything that’s wrong with America.'”
“We live in a culture that glorifies food but then we hate the people that we believe are representative of that sinful desire for food.”
She points out that as a fat woman, she knows this from experience with being judged on what you eat according to your size and people “defining my worth by that”.
We can see how this video went viral. This video is so honest and straightforward that again reinforces the point that someone’s body size does not reflect their story whether it’s how much they eat, their health or their lifestyle. As Meghan so eloquently said in her video:
“Your experiences in life is not everyone else’s experience. You don’t know everyone’s story.”