Human Exceptionalism

What We Are Becoming: Woman Tries to Become World’s Heaviest

Some people will do anything for fame–even kill themselves in slow motion.  A New Jersey woman is trying to get to the 1000 pound mark to set a world’s record. From the story:

Donna Simpson, 42, from New Jersey weighs more than 42 stone and aims to reach 1,000 pounds, or 71st. The mother of two children, aged three and 14, models on a website, where admirers and the curious can pay to watch videos of her eating greasy foods or walking to the car.  She has appeared in television interviews and said she welcomes media coverage. A Guinness World Records spokesman said Miss Simpson has submitted a claim for the title of world’s heaviest woman to give birth, a claim that is being reviewed…Miss Simpson said she has received a book offer and wants her own reality show, partly to give plus-size women more confidence.

This is just awful, one of the most selfish things I have ever seen.  I mean the woman has children who could well lose their mother!

Simpson clearly has a serious problem. But that is no excuse for those who reward her self destruction with a TV show and book deal.  They are no different than the drug pushers who gave John Belushi his speedball.  I even hesitated to write this post because I don’t want to feed the beast.  But we need to cast a spotlight on the degradation and the exploitation that are becoming such a part of our culture.  Other than that, the best thing we can do to help this poor woman is turn away.

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