Maybe I should temper that to hatred plus disgust plus pity for fat people, as illustrated in his latest obesity intervention TV programme. I know there's a lot of fatphobia on the airwaves but I haven't seen such a condescending depiction of "the obese" since Jonathan Ross described fat people as (I'm paraphrasing because I don't have the source in front of me, but I'm not far off): "stupid, dopey, loveable friends" back in the 90s.
Oliver comes across as some kind of wannabe Dickensian philanthopist, I'm surprised he doesn't have a nosegay to protect his delicate nostrils from the stench of poverty as he does his rounds amongst the tragic and ignorant fat poor.
Here are some alternative ways to improve poor people's health:
- Free education at all levels
- Access to the same housing, education, jobs and healthcare that middle class people have, without anyone actually having to become middle-class
- Strategies that target stigma and discrimination and encourage assertiveness, self-expression and pride
- Coalitions between oppressed groups
- Well-funded community-generated Health At Every Size projects
- Or, nothing. Leave poor fat people alone, stop making them a moral crusade and give them space to get on with their lives.
Fuck off back to your organic garden, Oliver! Fuck off to Tuscany! Stay the fuck away from the estates, nobody needs you, you are part of the problem!