It seems we can’t go a month without talking about Meme Roth, but she’s a bit of a media fruit fly and never seems to stop buzzing around the blogosphere. This time, BFD Reader Leslie alerts us that she popped up on the Penn and Teller show “Bullshit!” during a segment investigating fast food. Leslie writes
I was watching it last night and was having a ball! Meme Roth talks a lot of shit in it and the one who speaks, Penn? I forget. Was going off on her! It was pretty good even if at the end (it) kind of stereotypes.
Ms Roth’s argument is that fast food is bad because fat people eat it and it gives them flaccid genitalia. Or maybe the free clip (available after the jump) is edited in an unflattering way to make her sound a little unhinged.
Penn and Teller have a history of tilting at society’s windmills and this is not the first time they’ve been skeptical of the so-called Obesity Epidemic. In their first season, an episode was dedicated to explaining why most diets are major scams (bit of trivia: that episode features longtime diet and WLS blogger Robyn Anderson aka Bitchypoo).
Has anyone seen this episode yet? I’d be curious to hear the rest of Penn’s takedown and also get into the stereotyping that Leslie mentioned. I’m a little afraid of watching this, quite honestly, because like Mopie feels for Ricky Gervais, I have a HUGE weird crush on Penn Jillette and want to believe that someday he will fall madly in love with me. I don’t know if I can handle another Alton Brown-esque denouement.*
* Ok, I actually got to watch it last night and the voiceover Penn calls Meme Roth “a skinny asshole.” After she reiterates that society SHOULD be demonizing people for eating food that makes them fat, it’s hard to argue with him. At least my Penn crush remains intact.
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