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It should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV

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Started: 12/18/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Speaking to US TV host Barbara Walters, tubby actress Jennifer Lawrence (out of The Hunger Games) screeched: "I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV." [1]

She would say that, of course, because this salad-dodging TV star knows she's hideously overweight herself. "In Hollywood, I'm obese," whinged Lawrence, "I'm considered a fat actress." [2]

If it were illegal to call a fat person like Jennifer Lawrence "fat" on TV, people would just use other words to describe fatties, words like: "porker"; "lard-arse" and "heffalump" which really are insulting.

Furthermore, to be fair to underweight people it would be also have to be illegal to call Victoria Beckham "skinny" on TV even though she is.

Where would this end? Would it also be illegal to call Elton John "gay" on TV, even though he is? And would it be illegal to describe Real Madrid"s Cristiano Ronaldo "a dirty, cheating, one-trick pony" on TV, even though he is?

No, this is ridiculous. TV commentators should be allowed to call a spade "a spade" and fat people "fat".

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The debate at hand is about should it be illegal to call someone fat on television. In my opinions and meaning others in the world it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV because it is hurtful to people with weight problems. one of my stating arguments is that is not illegal to call someone fat on TV but it is illegal to verbally assault someone so in a sense calling someone fat is illegal. Did you know that over 4400 teens each year kill the self because of bullying calling someone fat is bullying so we are saying that it is okay to bully people.
Debate Round No. 1


I would like to thank bramclea1234 for accepting this debate.

It is tragic that so many teens take their own lives because they are fat. Teachers, parents, doctors and social workers should tell overweight suicidal teens that there is another option: they can lose weight by not being so lazy and greedy and then they won"t get bullied any more.

Of course, their parents are partly to blame. Sadly, too many fat adolescents get notes from their parents excusing them from physical education lessons and are allowed to eat junk food at school and at home.

As a result of this lack of parenting skills, obesity has more than tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years so now more than a third of children are overweight or obese, and this has very serious health implications. [1]

So, we can see that parents cannot be trusted to ensure their kids do not live a healthy lifestyle so it is important that impressionable teenagers have slim role models whose bodies they can aspire to and that overweight celebrities are duly humiliated on TV in order to underline the fact that it is socially unacceptable, as well as unhealthy, to be fat.

Thank you.



bramclea1234 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by leontd 2 years ago
Calling someone fat on TV is verbosely offensive if the person is indeed rather fat and could seriously damage that person a lot more than we could imagine. But do you actually think by making this sort of act illegal will stop the offender attempting to hurt them? I don't think so. If the goal of the offender is to hurt the victim, then they will do whatever it takes to make it happen.

By making this act illegal, not only will it regress our freedom of speech and affect our other human rights but it will also be catastrophic for many businesses including the comedy and film industry. And down the line, it will cause many headaches in changes of politics as it will lead for further possibility of limiting our freedom.

In a nutshell, life is not easy and it is not easier for someone that have a low self esteem. Unfortunately, there's no way of changing that. They, as individual, will need to learn and find ways to deal with it on their own.
Posted by Brennan-Huff 2 years ago
Why? You're basically saying being offensive should be illegal, which is tantamount to saying what you don't agree with should be illegal. Being verbally abusive should be illegal, but calling someone fat should because their feelings may be hurt? Come on, we as a society can find a better remedy than that.
Posted by LexieG 2 years ago
I agree with bramclea1234
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Reasons for voting decision: Brian was right saying that the fat could just stop being so lazy and greedy. Also, pro forfeited.
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Reasons for voting decision: This RFD is self explanatory, but I'll go ahead and list them. Pro had poor grammar, had poor arguments, and had no sources. Conversely, Con had great S&G, made a good argument, and had sources. Although Pro ff the last round, conduct was tied because of Con's rude assessment of Jennifer Lawrence. It was uncalled for for him to claim that she "knows she's hideously overweight." Whether it's true or not is an opinion and is not relevant to the debate.