Does that offend you?
I laughed when I saw it. It was in response to someone who was body-shaming – and I found it really bloody funny – a stupid retort to a stupid insult.
And then I read an article this morning about a gym advertising this:
Again, it made me laugh. My first thought was, ‘Well that’s bollocks…they’d take the skinny ones first as they’re easier to carry and pack in the spaceship!’ But then I got to wondering how it would make people feel who maybe aren’t as confident or who aren’t at the stage of chucking stuff like this in their ‘Fuck It’ bucket. Would they never walk into a gym as they feel that this is the view of people in them? It would be a real shame if this was the case.
So I posed the question of ‘offence’ on my Facebook page and the responses were so varied.
Some were offended, some found it funny, and some found it funny but wouldn’t choose to use that gym.
I then got to wondering about the intent behind it – as intent is something I have had issues with in the past…the written word can be misconstrued and perception is a bitch at times!
I spotted a response from the CEO of the company:
“…We also believe however that if we are going to reach more people as a sector then we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously and realise that if we want to attract normal people, then we need to be willing to poke fun at ourselves and our irreverent messaging is designed to do exactly that...We have found that by taking a lighted hearted approach we can connect with more people who would enjoy what we have to offer (unfortunately from time to time the minority don’t see the funny side). I see that a lot of those voting and commenting understand what we are trying to do and the very fact that we have so many people talking about the issue is in my mind a positive thing…”
I wasn’t really convinced by the response – ‘normal’ made me smile…what the fuck does ‘normal’ mean?! – and the fact that the CEO had to write the response three times on the website – each one containing errors – made me think that it wasn’t the best thought out marketing campaign. But it has got people talking…and that’s the point.
You know by now that my love for the delightful TV personality and social commentator – Cunty Hopkins – knows no bounds. (Yes, that is laced with heavy sarcasm!) However you cannot deny that she gets people talking…for better or worse.
Sometimes you just need to talk about stuff.
I talk about all sorts of stuff that has affected my life and offer my opinions…for what they’re worth. Sometimes I cause offence. I don’t mind this really. Offence is never intended – I don’t set out to offend people, but some take it!
Reading the Facebook responses this morning once again hammered home the message that you cannot please everyone all of the time. You just have to be authentic and real and hope that people appreciate that – I hope they do. I also hope that people realise that the things I write are often in response to emotions that I am processing…and used to process via a good old junk food binge – so it’s just a fat girl working through shit! 😉 And if they don’t, bollocks to them – they don’t have to read! 🙂
On that note, I am buggering off. I don’t have much to say for myself today – although I do think the, ‘You’re a load…’ gem was a worthwhile reason on its own to write a blog post! 😉
Today’s food has been good:
Breakfast – veggie omelette with yellow pepper, mushrooms, spinach, red onion, and cheese.
Lunch – chicken, avocado, olives, and baby plum tomatoes.
Dinner – mini meatballs, ratatouille, and bit of mozzarella.
Thank you for reading,