Should calling someone 'fat' become a hate crime?
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While I agree that ‘fat’ is a word not that can be insulting or uncomplimentary, I strongly disagree that it warrants becoming a hate crime. Let’s take into account the recent widely reported case of 63 stone teenager, Georgia Davis; her house had to be smashed, an operation that cost £100,000, in order to remove her and take her to hospital. Consequently, Georgia was dubbed by papers as ‘Britain’s fattest teenager’: a hateful title, or just plain accurate? We can use numerous words to skirt around describing a ‘larger’ individual – obese, overweight, chubby, chunky – but, ultimately, they all mean the same thing: fat. So why should it become a crime to state the obvious?
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