Exhibit on fat falls flat

Disney’s new Habitat Heroes website is down for maintenance…

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And by “maintenance,” Disney actually means “we’re shutting it down because people complained it made fun of fat kids.”

The EPCOT exhibit was intended, Disney says, to promote healthy lifestyles in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield. It didn’t come off that way, however.

“We’re appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination,” the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said.

“It appears that Disney now believes that using the tool of shame, favored so much by today’s healthcare corporations, is the best way to communicate with children,” the association’s statement said, accusing Disney of being bullies.

The “villains” in the exhibit look like this, according to the blog, Weighty Matters.

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“I mean if your kid’s not overweight or obese, here’s to Disney reinforcing society’s most hateful negative obesity stereotyping, and if they are overweight or obese – what kid doesn’t want to be made to feel like a personal failure while on a Disney family vacation?” Yoni Freedhoff, who writes the blog, said.

  • David

    Did you get this from The Onion? The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?

  • John P.

    The urge to shame others into being what we think they should be has run amok. Not everyone can or will be a thin, nonsmoking, liberal, conservative, religious, college educated person. It indicates a self ceteredness that says everyone should be like me. We complain about intrusive government, but it just reflects all of the intrusive people.

    Provide information as the science allows, and let other people be.what they will be.

  • Bob Moffitt

    Disney isn’t the only organization slammed by “Fat and Fit” advocates. Closer to home, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota was targeted for their “Tommorow” commercial.