I very, very seldom allow what's going on in the political world, or in the glamorous Hollywood world to find its way into my blogs. However, this is one occasion when I am just so rankled that I have to make my own statement.
First off, we have all the commotion about Chris Christie's weight. Is he obese? Why yes he is! Wow, I'm absolutely positive he KNOWS this.
Yet, we have a doctor making a blanket observation without benefit of examining him: "Mariano said in a CNN interview that she’s a Republican and therefore really likes Chris Christie, but she wants him to lose weight. She went as far as to say that she worries about Christie dying in office." (http://www.examiner.com/artic
the-doctor-s-weight-comments) Which not only scared his children, but also made them think he was soon going to die. Reportedly, Christie was infuriated by this statement.
Secondly, some people feel it is their personal right to critique Melissa McCarthy. Today, Rex Reed, in the New York Observer (http://observer.com/2013/02/d
cant-lift-this-flick-out-of-the-red/) made several absolutely horrible and offensive remarks regarding her: "(cacophonous, tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy)" and "plunge Mr. Bateman and his female hippo into a motel with only a double bed, a grotesque sex scene..." and finally, "Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."
I'm all for freedom of speech. It's part of what makes the United States a wonderful place to live. However, I'm sick of fat as the last "okay to make fun of and ridicule" discrimination. I can't make statements about race, about ethnicity, about sexual identity, without there being repercussions against what I've said. But, anyone, anywhere can make fun of me, of Chris Christie (just watch any of the late shows), of Melissa McCarthy, or any individual who doesn't look like a stick standing in mud.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm on Spark to become healthy and lose weight. I want to do this. What I don't want is to constantly be bombarded by ridicule and jokes and I'm tired of hearing of public figures being criticized, ridiculed, and made fun of as well.
There now, I've ranted and rage...I'll step off my soap box.
So for something lighter and hopefully will leave you smiling....
These next two pictures are of (1) my redneck yarn holder, since I'm using 4 different colors, blue, black, purple, green - a box with 4 small holes punched through so my yarn is contained and doesn't get all tangled. And, (2), the afghan I'm working on. I know there's only 4 rows completed but it's also just a little over 8' long.