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Female fat activist declares war on in-flight shaming

July 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Texting and posting during flights has a downside, as a woman found out when the man sitting next to her began texting cruel jokes about her weight.

Model Natalie Hage was outraged when a stranger sitting next to her “fat-shamed” her by sending “mean and ugly” texts about her weight during an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles.

Hage is a pillar of the “fat activist” movement and takes a firm stand against body-shaming. She is behind @effyourbeautystandards on Instagram.

In an Instagram post, Hage (who was flying to a modelling shoot) wrote that the man next to her began “huffing and sighing” when she sat next to him.

Natalie Hage. Instagram

“As soon as I sat down… I see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. So, naturally next time he texts, I take a look,” she posted.

She took a photo of the man’s phone and posted it on Instagram. It shows the insulting messages about Hage that the man was sending, in an exchange with a recipient named Linda.

A reply from Linda to the man joked “hopefully she [Hage] didn’t have any Mexican food,” whereupon the man’s texted response was “I think she ate a Mexican”.

The man then texted he was “leaving a neck mark on the window because he was so smashed against the wall.”

This was plain wrong, Hage says. “From the photos, you can see I’m not in his space. He’s taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side… which is in my seat.”

And so it went on. Hage’s account can be read here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7lNTZA5Pw/

Responses to Hage’s post have varied. Some readers feel she also transgressed by taking a photo of the man’s messages on his phone and posting them.

“Why were you taking pictures of HIS PRIVATE MESSAGES?? He should be making a big deal about this too,” one respondent wrote.

Another comment: “Everybody nowadays gets so butt hurt bout the smallest things like someone makin fun of there weight.”

And another: “Honestly this “fat shaming” and “body acceptance” trend is just pathetic… you can’t make a lifestyle choice and then claim victim about that lifestyle choice… if you don’t like that situation, make some different lifestyle choices to avoid it in the future… plain and simple… EVERY single person can lose weight and be healthier…” [And so on.]

Hage is standing her ground. “This is a fat person’s daily reality and not just on a plane,” she retorted.

“This is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. You can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still f*** with you and try to hurt you. All you can do is know you haven’t done anything wrong just by existing and to move on. This just makes me a mixture of enraged and super sad.”

Written by Peter Needham

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