This morning, this story popped up in my Facebook feed because somebody that I know 'liked' it. Liking things on Facebook is such a blunt tool. Sometimes you don't have anything to say about a subject but you want to convey support, but Facebook will only let you 'Like' or 'Comment' so apologies to anybody who has lost a loved one and I've 'liked' it. I just didn't feel able to make a comment that was meaningful or not trite. But 'Like'? I think that usually covers it.
What I'm saying is that maybe my friend didn't actually 'like' this horrible tirade about the subhuman antics of fat people. The lovely specimen of humanity who wrote it doesn't seem to have much respect for anybody, and at the point when he says that everybody else on the plane was stretched across their seats,so he couldn't move away from the barely human fat person that he was seated next to, it seems more likely that they didn't want him to sit next to them. Because he sounds thoroughly unpleasant. If the story is real...
Because if it is real, then the story implies that the photo of the fat guy is the actual fat guy. And the fat guy is sitting with most of his arse off the seat, in the aisle, so that the person next to him has got room on his seat. But that can't be right, because the man telling the story was squashed underneath fat guy.
At no point does the storyteller say that he talked to the fat guy. And, like, asked him to shift over. No, before he even sits next to him he describes him as a hippopotamus. And then once seated he runs off a list of ways in which the fat guy smells bad. And then he goes off to complain to the flight staff and he is generally unpleasant about then as well.
You may notice that at the bottom of that picture is a link to 'I was the fat guy on that flight' But, disappointingly this is a fictional response to the story. When surely it should be enough for everybody to ignore a tirade of stereotypical fat-shaming abuse.
I'm sure it is difficult if you have to sit next to somebody big on a plane, but have a bit of humanity, you bunch of gits who actually, genuinely 'liked' this story. Or commented 'lol very well written' or 'Now I know how to wright a complain letter to my school hahahaha'.
I'm assuming that my friend who liked this story enough to 'like' it was liking it in the terms of not wanting to comment but wanted to give some form of disapproval and was stymied by Facebook's lack of a 'Don't share this with anybody it is a horrible bit of hatred written by a git' button.
If not, it makes me feel quite sad.