Progressives Annoyed That Adele Lost Weight, Say It Perpetuates Fatphobia

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Slate just published a piece titled, “I’m a Little Bummed That Adele Lost Weight. Yes, I know this is not about me. But it’s not just about Adele either.

This is where we are now. Publicly disparaging people who make arguably positive and certainly personal life choice just because those choices don’t fit the narrative espoused by radical progressive entities.

Author Shannon Palus, senior editor for Slate, walks us through her apparent existential crisis about whether she has a right to be annoyed with Adele’s very personal health decision to lose weight, or whether the self-proclaimed feminist should simply be supportive of a successful and talented Adele making personal life choices. And she decides, unsurprisingly, to be annoyed and offended by the audacity of Adele not to make the personal life choices that she, Shannon Palus, would prefer her to make. Because Ms. Palus would prefer that Adele, whether intentionally or not, support the woke progressive movement that promotes obesity as being “healthy,” despite overwhelming medical and scientific data suggesting otherwise, under the guise of “inclusion.”

How dare Adele make a completely personal heath decision that will ultimately lower her risk of numerous diseases and disease complications, and give herself more physical freedom with fewer physical limitations, when it is counterproductive to the approved woke progressive narrative.

How dare she change her public image from an incredibly successful and talented fat woman to an incredibly successful and talented skinny woman, when they were depending on her to be fat.

Doesn’t she know that by personally choosing to lose weight, she’s actually contributing to fatphobia and perpetuating a fatphobic society, and thus negatively impacting obese people everywhere?

She should be ashamed at how her personal health decision is damaging the obese community. And it doesn’t matter whether she felt healthy or she felt good when she was heavier, because now her own personal health choice is making other fat women feel bad about their own bodies.

That’s pretty much Ms. Palus’ argument.

She references a Vogue interview that Adele did in which Adele details how she began exercising as a way to manage stress and improve her mental health, which resulted in weight loss.

“It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone.”

Bravo, Adele! You made a significant and longterm positive change in your life that had numerous positive impacts on your mind and body. I wish so many of the depressed and dismally unhappy radical would follow your example.

In the interview, she also says,

“My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now. I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person.”

And objectifying Adele is exactly what Ms. Palus is doing.

She acknowledges that it would be emotionally healthier and more productive not to care about how much another person weighs, but concludes her article saying,

“But this is the one thing that I think is worth remembering: She is also a highly produced image, and, given the water we swim in, it makes sense if you or I feel a little sad that the image has changed.”

But then again, Ms Palus also refers to Taylor Swift as “the greatest poet of our time,” so I’m not sure I can take anything she says seriously.

But Slate isn’t the only one making this incredibly insensitive and objectifying argument. Wear Your Voice Magazine published “Celebrating Adele’s Weight “Loss” Promotes Fatphobia and Mysogyny.”

So many people made nasty comments about how disgusted they were with Adele’s very personal and obviously emotionally and physically positive weightless decision that she actually had to speak out about being hurt by these people who should be applauding a successful and talented woman.

Here’s the thing. I am not fatphobic. And I honestly don’t even understand that term because is there actually anyone who is afraid of someone (phobic) who is fat? I doubt it. But I’m also not anti-fat. I am pro-health. I am pro positive personal decisions that are good for your physical and mental health.

And I simply cannot understand the incredible hypocrisy of raging against unvaccinated people as making irresponsible health decisions that negatively impact the healthcare system by swamping the system with unnecessarily sick patients because they put themselves at unnecessary risk, while simultaneously promoting obesity as healthy despite overwhelming scientific and medical data showing that obesity negatively impacts the healthcare system by swamping the system with unnecessarily sick patients because they put themselves at unnecessary risk. If you’re going to raise insurance premiums for unvaccinated individuals due to “irresponsible health decisions,” then you should also raise insurance premiums for obese individuals due to “irresponsible health decisions.”

Now, I recognize that this is a nuanced issue and that every person’s health, wellness, and physical capabilities are different. Which is why weight loss is a personal decision, not a public tragedy or talking point. And why there aren’t government mandates about your bodyweight or weight-passports required to be allowed to participate in society. Yet.

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