Granted, he was “privileged to work” for this august publication – to the tune of no wages...thus making his slave labor easier to jettison, but the editor and publisher, Tim Engstrom, said his firing of this guy was popular with folks.
So Tim - - - presumably a leftie because he’s politically correct in being against blaming and shaming fat people for their condition(s) - - - is a populist - just like President Donald Trump.
Tim, are you OK with that?
Tim, truly - self-deport yourself from your ownership and editorial positions of this Daily Journal – for you've exhibited an ardent and atrocious case of ageism, opining that fat shaming could be “...a generational thing.”
For, surely, ageism is as egregious as fat shaming - basically bullying - it's an incorrect view, an ugly epithet, correct? And, in today’s American world, intolerance for any point that the left academic and news “elites” don’t agree with - must result in immediate disgrace and dismissal. So, Tim, you've gotta be cashiered out of town, like your former lackey-serf, Alan Linda.
Fergus Falls lies in west lower central Minnesota. And if Tim’s thoughts are accurate, the bunch of the lot is one unadulterated set of particularly touchy folks when it comes to uttering ideas on body forms different from their own. But, if you take Alan’s take on fatties, well, it would seem everybody in FF would want to access and caress, and envelop, triple-wide load bodies on airplanes. For Alan’s article, titled:
"Taking notice of the size of people in today’s world”
(which has been excised from the Daily Journal’s website)
describes his plight as this.
Alan has the aisle seat. A stranger has the window seat. The middle seat was vacant until an enormous 300-pound guy approached. Alan wrote (and this should be a lesson to us all, if Alan’s case is any case - is that we’d best hold our true controversial feelings, thoughts, and ideas – in our heads – and never put them to pen and paper, because, otherwise, crank-artist-perpetually offended-eternally aggrieved types will go nuts and demand ours be cut off.)
Listen, we all know airlines have seat-widths so small – the starving, the skinny, the svelte, and the shapely, not to mention our super sized, can barely squeeze into them. Should all airlines, in discriminating and shaming against ALL-body shapes and sizes, using Engstrom’s logic, be fired?
Rhetorical questions aside, what makes this town of 13,138 residents - as of 2010 – besides revering the rotund and round - tick? Wikipedia says its biggest economic claim to fame is its “108-bed hospital, cancer research center, assisted living community, and multiple clinics.
So basically, Fergus Falls is a caring community.
But Alan cared to write for 30 years in a Friday weekly column – but he proves loyalty and gratitude to the likes of his efforts were a mile wide and an inch deep. Clearly he had the wrong opinions on the portly. Fergus Falls proves the only proper stance is to love the huge and embrace the enormous.
That’s the lesson. View fat people, not as objects of criticism, but as victims whose personal environment is under control of unseen forces. They can’t help it if they are obese. And apparently psychologists, almost to a shrink, aver that fat shaming, rather than aiding the adipose to get fit, actually makes things worse, makes them eat even more...
It would seem, at a closer look though, that some heavy people could change their condition. They could exercise; go for a walk for 30 minutes a day. They could start a slow and steady stretching exercise program. Then they could start with the light weight training. They could cut back on junk food, eat more fruits and veggies, and perhaps not sit in front of the computer or TV for hours on end.
Unless there is a genetic or medical condition impinging on one’s ability to exercise and make proper diet and lifestyle choices, and unless the fat are kids or teens, who aren’t fully equipped emotionally to handle harsh criticism – though they’ll get it from their peers in spades - it would seem that those that critique fat adult people should not automatically mean they lose their career or reputation.
By his own words Alan says he wrote 50 columns yearly, for 30 years. That totals 15,600 essays. At no charge. He muffs one, and they axe him?
It looks like we have become totally intolerant of casual observations and opinions, if they’re not in the politically correct mold of the moment.
But, you know what?
There is, in fact, a victim group – that still bears the brunt of jokes and aspersions – and this group, unlike our fat group DOES have inherent structural impediments to alteration and these are short people. Vertically challenged people are still made fun of and they can’t do a darn thing about their state.
Who speaks for them?
As for Alan Linda, perhaps he’s inherently wealthy and doesn’t need to work for money. But, if not, he’s hopefully, probably, got a line of work that actually pays. He’s a family man, he’s gotta pay the bills somehow. Let’s hope he doesn’t lose his other job...
And as for ageist, Tim Engstrom. He’s been run out of town on his own accord. He and his family are moving to the Twin Cities “...to be closer to our relatives.”