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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Drugs OK, Skeletons Not OK

Posted on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I was talking with some friends about Brittany Murphy dying. None of us were particulary big fans and few of us had even seen a movie by her. All my friends assumed that she died of a drug overdose. I randomly suggested that perhaps her skeletal body had something to do with it because people that skinny often have heart (and other organ) failure.
The reaction was amazing. They were really angry that I would "jump to conclusions" about her weight and anorexia (I didn't mention anorexia and they had already jumped to conclusions about her using drugs) and that know people who are skinny and not dying (not that I suggested that being skinny was unhealthy, just being a skeleton).
I was then accused of being a "fat fucker", a champion of fat women, that I hated skinny people, and various other weight related insults.
Why is it bad to suggest that something people think is really good (being skinny) might actually be bad (as in, kill you)? These people were really, really angry about my off-hand suggestion.
---Baffled

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