That’s one of the reasons, and one of the reasons I will never make meal plans. What I eat and like is very different from what others eat and like. I don’t eat any meat or fish, but I also don’t like tomatoes and I can’t stand more than a tiny bit of pepper. Meal plans like hers expect you to enjoy eating the same foods she likes to eat.
She’s also very big on the “thin = healthy” thing, as much as she tried to deny it after being called out for fat-shaming. All of her workouts are advertised as ways to get skinny, going as far as to make “thigh gap” workouts.
I also hate her “Pilates.” Just because you’re a Pilates instructor and you through some Pilates moves in there doesn’t mean you’re doing Pilates. Pilates is structured and done as a form of understanding your body, not “butt blasting Pilates” and the like.
I could go on….
I’d rather focus on feeling happy and making my body healthy than “looking good in a bikini,” which to her you can do only if you’re skinny like she naturally is.Comments
“I’m sorry that you feel that way” is not a fucking apology
“I’m sorry you took it that way” is not a fucking apology
“I’m sorry you misinterpreted it” is not a fucking apology
That is the most fucking passive aggressive thing and it irritates me to no end.
See Also: Cassey Ho’s “apology”
I wasn’t going to write this post, but a few people asked me to explain how I felt (beyond just gifs of eyerolling lol) about Cassey’s “apology” for the whole Honey Boo Boo fiasco. So here you go.
Before I break it down (and for those of you who don’t want to read too much), this is what’s wrong…
Madison, I am falling in Tumblr-love with you.
I support Cassey but here’s how I feel about the topic in general. It wouldn’t even matter if this was another fitness or health icon ranting or writing about their feelings.
This still doesn’t sit well with me at all. The key sentence for me was,
I am not telling people what to do - I just want people to know what they are doing.
Does this mean that she’s not being the boss of me, but just wants me to know I’m wrong about the choices I’m making for myself? Yeah… that doesn’t sound too pushy at all. (In relation to the family she’s speaking of) She uses the word ignorant in her explanation/argument but I think this could also reflect herself. I understand her reasoning and concern because it’s an extremely important yet delicate issue, but honestly, it’s just too much. We’re all entitled to our own opinions and I trust her judgement when it comes to health, but passing judgement on others is not only cruel, it’s dehumanizing.
This is a family on reality-tv. I’m sure the directors and producers have a role to play in exploiting them. This family earned their celebrity status in a very different way than Cassey did. They’re paid to play up their lives and eat their poor veggies from a tin. That’s what they’re there for. I’m sure if selling cute workout outfits with clever slogans was more lucrative they might do that too. Who knows.
Either way, no matter what Cassey says, I just feel like this entire discussion is like beating a poor dead fat horse that no one cared about in the first place. Passing judgement with concern doesn’t stop any kind of obesity epidemic. It doesn’t even make any positive change. The “OMG they’re so disgusting they need help” justification overshadows any real glimpse that her initial post was meant to be sincere. One day this little girl is going to grow up and be completely shattered by what she learns.
It’s not the least bit shocking either that alot of people that have replied have basically said, “I love you and appreciate you… so screw anyone else… obesity is blah blah blah”. Don’t tell me what obesity is. You know what? I was obese for at least a decade. It wasn’t just about poor eating and not enough exercise. I was a top athlete in school but still overweight. I had serious eating issues and would overeat due to abuse I was enduring at home. I didn’t have love in my home - I had food! The easy solution to just eat right and be more active certainly wouldn’t have cured me or helped my weight.
This whole discussion makes me upset because it doesn’t help this family, it just shames them. It shames those struggling with their weight and shames others for their inadequacies. I know Cassey didn’t mean to come off as so mean but it definitely gave others a chance to feed this fat-shaming monster.
^This. I love Cassey, but I had a bad feeling while reading her original post as well as this recent one. Something was off about it, and you got it.
No guys, I just care so much.
Yeah, not buying it. When you rail on a family for being “disgusting” and for making your “soul” hurt, you’re not just worried about their “health.” And why doesn’t she actually talk about health issues? She makes these excerpt-from-diagnostic-tools-heavy posts on eating disorders, but never really talks about them. She hears criticism about her “thigh gap” workout but never changes the name or takes responsibility. She’s only now beginning to “work on” offering plus-size versions of her clothing, but claims she hasn’t because the production is “expensive.” Adding it all up, she seems more fat-phobic than caring.
Also, anyone else notice how suddenly it’s “Mama June” and not the “morbidly obese mother”?
Okay, so I love Cassey Ho’s Blogilates workouts on youtube (I think we all do as they are pretty popular in the fitblr community.) However, there’s always been something that’s felt a bit off about Cassey, but I didn’t put it all together until this post. Let me start by saying that she is super friendly, has infectious positivity, and can put together a good workout…but those things don’t excuse (and in fact are undermined by) this stuff:
1.) She used to sell a shirt that said “Muffin tops are for muffins only.” That’s pretty basic body shaming. I don’t need to tell you that the absence or presence of a muffin top doesn’t have anything to do with your fitness level.
2.) Now she sells shirts that say “Train like a beast, look like a beauty.” I don’t like this because it reduces the purpose of improving fitness to just looking pretty. I could go only about damaging gender stereotypes (especially with the Beauty and the Beast allusion), but I’m really mad about the bigger stuff.
Major problem: this blog post about Honey Boo Boo. In her post, Cassey describes how the “morbidly obese mother” (she doesn’t call her by her name) make a butter-laden Thanksgiving dinner and how the episode made her gag.
1.) She insinuates she is better and smarter than family because she eats right and works out. She says what upsets her about the show is the family’s “sheer denial of the truth and obvious defiance of doing anything about” their fitness and how the show “glorifies this disgusting, careless, and extremely unhealthy lifestyle.” She then says that “for those of us lucky enough to understand, we see the show as entertainment,” but that it’s wrong because there are people who “don’t know better” and will see how they eat as okay.
2.) She fat shames HARDCORE. All throughout the blog post she says stuff like she bet the Biggest Loser asked the mom to join the show and she said no. She says they “disgust” her and has a gif of Honey Boo Boo gathering her fat.
3.) And more fat shaming disguised as health shaming: she claims “fat is just a result of what you haven’t done to take care of your body.” She blatantly states fat is “an indicator of healthiness.” Yes Cassey, because if you’re fat you’re unhealthy and if you’re skinny you’re healthy.
4.) She says scathingly ableist things about how “Mama is at this point probably addicted to butter and sugar. She claims “fat will be gone when you begin to eat your veggies, drink your water, and get active.”
5.) She attempts to erase her ableist, body shaming, and classist comments with that half-hearted “I don’t mean to body shame but [insert body shaming comment here.]”
The comments on the link to it on Facebook are even worse, although there are a lot of people that have told her to check her privilege. More people of course have said things like “if you can’t lose weight by counting calories and working out, you need to go to the doctor and a personal trainer once or twice a week,” and that “people are too uptight and self conscious to appreciate someone trying to help them out,” and a variety of things used to justify the “disgust” the people feel towards Honey Boo Boo and her family. It’s sad.
Look, Cassey, I agree with you: that family has poor nutrition and fitness, and I too worry about the health of that family and those like them. But it’s not okay to mock them, call them ignorant/stupid, and accuse them of encouraging a “bad” lifestyle to unsuspecting viewers, especially in the name of helping them. Look, your own diet is your own personal choice, but if we want to encourage a healthy lifestyle we need to a) be encouraging and b) look at what factors (usually of class and privilege) contribute to obesity and work on fixing those, not “fixing” the “obviously deviant” people. People’s habits are influenced by SO many things, not just a lack of self-control.
Again, I’d like to point out that I don’t like health shaming or this idea that someone is better because they eat healthy and work out. However, I’ve read that obesity disproportionately affects PoC and the lower class (gonna go find data on that), so it’s not just about personal choice.
I welcome any and all criticism. My thoughts were a bit jumbled (and I’m pretty tired), so I apologize if I was unclear at any point and I’ll try to straighten it out.
Yeah, I’m going to continue reblogging well-written critiques of Cassey Ho’s rant on Honey Boo Boo. Sorry, but fat-shaming isn’t something I’ll tolerate.
Really disappointed in Cassey Ho’s (@Pop Pilates) blog post fat shaming Honey Boo Boo and her family. She’s a little girl who loves her body despite growing up in a culture of fat-hate and doing pageants where the scrutiny is even more intensified. That deserves respect. Cassey even went so far as to suggest Honey’s mom go on The Biggest Loser, a disgusting and exploitative show where fat people are shamed and lose weight in unhealthy ways. Really turned off from her. I’m thinking of finding a new work out program.
I used to love Cassey’s videos because they were fun and she’s so motivational and strength-focused instead of weight loss, but this really left a bad taste in my mouth. Like, yes their family appears to be into an ~unhealthy~ diet and don’t work out and she was criticizing that. I get it, you’re a nutritionist and a workout instructor, of course I expect you to think that, but calling a little girl “disgusting” is not the way to make your point. I really hope she makes an apology, a lot of her followers are super upset.
YOU NEED TO READ AND REBLOG what Cassey Ho @blogilates has to say about the horrible lifestyle of Honey Boo Boo and her family. This show condones and glorifies morbid obesity in not just adults but children too. THIS IS CHILD ABUSE! Her child will die many many years before a natural expectancy because of the irresponsibility of her mother to take control of something as SIMPLE as nutrition. And this will lead to a much shorter and an extremely low quality of life for this little girl.
If you think children deserve a fighting chance at life, read and reblog.
So let me get this straight:
- You’ve seen a heavily edited, heavily produced 30 minute television show about a family
- You believe that this gives you enough information to understand the personal health and safety of each person involved
- You in turn think that gives you the right to demean, insult and disrespect these people.
No. Take a seat.
In that article, Cassey Ho is being incredibly fat phobic and fat shaming. While I enjoy her workouts, her articles are becoming downright bigoted. (The line “Fat is just a result of what you haven’t done to take care of your body” is something that sticks out to me. That attitude is disgusting and it’s from a paragraph where she’s apparently trying to explain why it’s okay to be fat!) Her entire piece of writing comes from a place of privilege where she feels the need to look down on people who don’t experience the same relationship with food and exercise that she does. It is not helpful, it is not caring and it is not informed.
Because God FORBID that someone has the gall to condone obesity! That we actually treat an obese person like a human being and allow them the right to continue living their own life! The horror!
The Thompsons don’t need your concern or your pity. Their children are downright overflowing with love and positive self-esteem. Unless you have a copy of their medical records sitting open on your desk, then you are not able to make any sort of knowledgeable comment about their health. Even then, unless they outright ask you for your opinion and help, then it is entirely out of line and bad-mannered to impose your thoughts onto their bodies.
Unless you have actual proof of child abuse and intend to make that case before the CPS, then do not compare this to child abuse. Not only as you shaming this family for living happy, fulfilling lives, but you’re insulting everyone who has actually gone through the horror of being abused as a child. And yes - Obese children are often abused, but not in the way that you’re implying here. Putting children on diets, starving them as a weight loss method, and repeatedly insulting and devaluing their bodies is also a form of abuse that has a lasting negative impact.
So if you don’t like Honey Boo Boo, then don’t support her television show. There is no need to demonize her or her family.
This is likely to cost me some readers, but it has to be said: I am very, very disappointed in Cassey Ho of Pop Pilates/Blogilates. I used to adore her, I used to read her website daily, but lately more and more of her posts have been fat-shaming and very judgmental. Please know that I will never tell you that you have to lose weight. I will never tell you that eating clean is the only way to live. Every person is different, and you do not owe weight loss, looks, or health to anyone. Never allow others to dictate what you do.
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