It’s so wonderful when someone puts assholes in their place, isn’t it? It’s just too bad when people calling out assholes turn into assholes themselves.
Which is exactly what the New York Daily News did in a blog post yesterday.
First, the original story. According to a post on the Daily News’ Gatecrasher blog, fashion stylist Phillip Bloch was riding an elevator at the Standard’s nightclub Le Bain with a “tall, good-looking guy” when two women approached. Yelling out of the elevator, this unnamed fuckwad opened his stupid, ignorant mouth and said: “No fat people allowed in the elevator; only people who threw up their dinner can fit.”
Instead of letting the incident slide, or pretending he didn’t hear it, or deciding not to get involved, Bloch made the bastard apologize, with the support of the elevator operator. And it sounds like the women got exactly the kind of apology you’d expect from a dickhead like that: he blamed it on alcohol, telling them he’d had too much tequila with dinner.
So. The story is horrible and shitty but with a saving grace, sort of, in that everybody involved was not a total douchebag.
But apparently, the Daily News felt that balance needed to change. Despite having called the bully a “heel” earlier in their post, they ended it by saying: “The women refused to get in the elevator, nonetheless, and our source says, um, four slim riders took their places instead.”
Oh. Huh. So, let’s just make sure that we’re all on the same page here. The “um” before the word “four” is the writer having a snide little laugh over the suggestion that the two women combined were as big as four slim people combined.
Right? We’re all familiar enough with how that played-out “um” is used in blogging at this point, yes?
Other unfortunate parts of that sentence include pointing out that the four new riders were “slim,” and indeed, the sentence itself.
So now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s just be clear: making that comment at the end of the post is no less an incident of fat-shaming than hollering out an elevator at two people that they’re too fat to ride. It’s complicit, it’s trying pathetically to be in on the joke, it’s cowardly, it’s hypocritical, and it’s mean.
In other news, well played, Phillip Bloch.