One of my students first told me about People of Walmart, and even though my first reaction was that making fun of working class people is kind of not cool, a lot of my students insisted that no, it was funny, and I should check it out. Indeed, makes fun of lots of people, such as those who paint their cars as Clay Aiken tributes, or dye their hair to look like toupees, or dress like zebras.
On the other hand, it does make fun of fat people quite a bit, most often for wearing very tight clothing. (Of course if you are skinny and wearing tight clothing, it is described as “awesome.”) It also has used the term “back titty” more than once. (If there’s a word I can’t stand…) And occasionally there are posts where the entire point is “you are fat and your clothes are riding up“; conversely, there are posts where the fact that the person is fat is seemingly irrelevant.
This is another one of those things where I can’t decide if I’m being oversensitive or not sensitive enough. Is People of Walmart equal-opportunity free-for-all mockery, or are there undercurrents of fatism and classism (or even racism and sexism) that we should be pissed off about? And is it even okay to take pictures of strangers in public and post them online in the first place? Is Look at this Fucking Hipster equally bad? I’d love to know your thoughts.
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