Kevin Smith is a movie director who is most famous for Clerks, but has in recent years branched out from his more famous characters and themes. Amazingly, he recently finished principal photography on Red State, a religious-themed horror film, and finished editing it two days after filming. He showed an essentially finished film at the wrap party. This is unheard of.
He’s also a fat man, which makes him more of a hero in my eyes. I’ve written about him here before because he engaged in some fat activism after he was kicked off a plane by Southwest on February 14 of this year. I think he made an excellent effort, but ultimately the mainstream media accepted Southwest’s account and not his.
But one thing he seems to do often is make fat jokes about himself, and I don’t like that. Not because I’m worried that he has a poor self image, but because by making fun of himself as a fat man, he’s saying that it’s OK to make fun of fat people. This in spite of the fact that he was a fat kid and was picked on as a kid for being fat. This in spite of the fact that he understands how teasing can be damaging, and in fact recorded a podcast in support of the It Gets Better project a month or so ago.
Check out smodcast.com; today’s ‘cast (#147) is a good example. I really want to acknowledge the good things he did after 2/14/2010, but I’d like him to stop with the fat self-hatred, even if he’s just kidding about it.
What do you think?