I am sure some of you might have read it in the paper, seen it on the websites or what not and I knew the blog world would be a buzz with it this morning. So, here is my two cents on the matter - take it or leave it - just my thoughts. Watching Good Morning American this morning I listened to this....
The story about the die-hard fan of the American Idol show. She finally got tickets to see a performance. She was so excited about going, went last week with a group of friends, got there early enough to sit in the front row. But, alas, it was not meant to be. Yes, they were informed that part of her group would have to sit in different rows, but what she said happened next just floored me. She was told she was too "big" to sit in the front row. Not just one person said something outloud, but in her recounting the story on GMA this morning, she said that Two people said something.
Now, I am a big person, bigger then I have been in years (well, actually getting smaller by the day - woo hoo) - but I have never experienced some of the things that overweight people may have experienced. Maybe I do my best to avoid situations where someone might say something and fear flying for the sure fact that I might have to purchase a second seat (has never happened, but my nerves get into a ball just putting on that seatbelt). How do you react to a comment from a stranger? How in the world can you not keep your comment to yourself? What made that usher say what he said for all to hear?
It took great courage for this girl to go on GMA this morning. I don't really think she is that heavy or big for those comments to be valid, but this is a TV show and they want to have the right "fit" for the cameras. Heck, I can understand the one color shirts that Oprah requests of her guests, but to move someone to another row, away from the camera or to avoid the "spotlight" is unacceptable. I can't stand the way the media has to conform to the latest and greatest survey says about what "TV Land" wants to see on the screen.
I wonder what people are thinking about me when I am walking down the street or weeding my garden with the shirt riding up my back as I stoop down, if my haircut is not attractive, is my nose too big for my face...just wondering.....and glad that they keep their comments inside their heads.....sigh....
The next time you decide to make a comment OUTLOUD for all to hear, please take a moment, think what impact that might have on that person !! Thanks for reading.........enjoy the rest of your day!!