Some people were born to be victims.
It doesn't matter if they come from affluent families in the greatest country on Earth. It also doesn't matter if their skin is white and they earn enough money to live in a place as expensive as New York City. If they were born to lose, they will find a way.
Meet Anna O'Brien, a plus sized Instagram model who preaches the virtues of body-positivity to her hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.
They subscribe to her newsfeed so they can see a large woman don sexy clothing and not be ashamed of it. Personally, I have no problem with what she does: if she likes being large and almost-naked, that's her choice. If you don't wanna see it, don't follow her on social media. Pretty cut & dry, right?
But recently Anna had a fun idea. She decided to sport a bikini and model for a fashion shoot in one of the most populated places on Earth: New York City's Time Square.
As she explained in an article published earlier this month for Cosmopolitan, she was expecting to be mocked for her weight. She thought people would ridicule her and scream obscenities about her body fat index. Instead, she received the exact opposite reaction: she was catcalled. Rather than ridiculing her for her appearance, men standing nearby cheered her on as she undressed and began to pose for the camera. They liked it and they vocally celebrated her appearance loudly and proudly.
She explains the experience in her article:
My clothes dropped all the way to the ground, and the voices around me became clear.
“I want to suck on them tasty toes.”
“Hey baby, let me butter them biscuits for you.”
I looked up to see three men with camera phones filming me. Our eyes met, and one uttered, “Twerk for the camera baby, show them how that ass clap.”
Tears began to well up. I was prepared to be pointed at, shamed, and called fat. I didn't expect to be fetishized.
She cried because they liked her.
In case you're missing what just happened, here's a breakdown of what just happened:
- A woman who has made a career out of trying to shock people with her appearance took off most of her clothes and stood in the middle of Time Square.
- She expected people to be cruel to her about how she looks
- Instead of being cruel, people (men) cheered her on.
- She then concluded that being enthusiastically complimented for her appearance was even more offensive than being mocked.
- As if all of this wasn't silly and stupid enough, Anna then proceeded to write an article about her experience, so the world can know what a victim she has become.
The title to her article is one sentence short of being a full paragraph.
According to Anna, if men had insulted her for her appearance that would be very bad, but sexualizing a large nearly-nude woman standing in a crowded place is much worse (in her eyes). She chose to get undressed in public and if she has half of a brain, she must have known people would react.
I know what you're probably thinking right now: "Are you just writing this about her because she's fat and you don't like fat people?"
No, not at all - I don't have a problem with larger sized people and the last thing I'm trying to do is tell someone how to live their life. If you're big and your doctor says it isn't negatively affecting your health, then enjoy your life. I'm not a physician and that's not what this is about. I have no problem with fat people, skinny people or somewhere-in between people.
But if we're to believe someone is a victim with a story worthy of publishing in a major media outlet simply because they tried to create a spectacle and achieved that goal, isn't that a bit marginalizing to actual victims of real injustice?
Imagine a homeless man sitting nearby as all of this was happening. He might be struggling to find food or a place to live. He probably also suffers from serious mental health conditions that render him incapable of functioning in our society. I can picture him in my mind, watching her take off her robe as onlookers glared and whistled at her. But the one thing I can't imagine is him feeling pity for her. Because, after all, how can you feel sorry for someone who's trying to be mocked (much less someone who clearly has more to eat than you do)?
If, hypothetically, nobody had paid any attention to her, it's likely she would have still thought that experience was just as bad as being mocked or complimented for the way she looked because, after all, there's probably no outcome that could have been achieved by Anna's bikini photo shoot that would have satisfied her.
This is all just another example of the victim-hood virtue movement that's currently taken over the western half of the world. American Leftists love victims and they want to be victims. They also love to lose. But how much longer can this obsession with losing continue before they find themselves incapable of bouncing back?
People on the Right often wonder: in the culture war taking place in the Western half of the world, what can we do to stop the Left from destroying our traditions and beliefs? The answer to that question could possibly be as simple as stepping aside and allowing them keep pushing forward with their victim-seeking agenda because, at this rate, they're eventually going to eat themselves.