If you've read more than 20 DOL blogs in your lifetime, there's a great chance you've seen a reference to the comedy masterpiece that is Nathan For You.
Nathan For You ran for four seasons on Comedy Central from 2013-2017. On the show, Nathan Fielder, a graduate of one of Canada's top business schools (with really good grades), would use his knowledge to help struggling business owners make it in this competitive world.
If you've never seen it, I highly suggest reading this blog I wrote two years ago with suggestions of episodes to check out. If you don't want to give me the click, I'm such a hashtag good guy that I'll give you The Blues Smoke Detector for free. I love the show that much.
So you're probably thinking, "Dozie, why does the world need Nathan For You more than ever, as your blog title said?"
Well, friend, it's because I'll see something online that touches upon a topic from the program every few weeks or so.
Ironically, while I was in the waiting room at my doctor's to discuss the repercussions of my obesity, I saw this story on Instagram that made my gravy blood boil. Some TikToker (that I've never heard of) with millions of followers named Remi Bader WeNt ViRaL for not being allowed to ride a horse due to her weight. One look at her, and you understand why she was denied; that girl chonk.
I know a little about how the internet works, and clearly, the text on the photo is written to make it seem like discrimination to garner interest. "Fat people should be able to do anything!" gasped the out-of-breath woman after climbing four stairs. But, from watching Nathan For You, I know that not just anybody can ride horses. There's a reason jockeys are so tiny that they can sleep in cupboards. Horses cannot handle the weight of a larger person.
Being the savvy businessperson he is, Nathan found a way for obese people to ride horsies while keeping the horsies safe so businesses wouldn't lose out on that potential market.
Suppose you dive a little deeper into the story/clickbait (read the entire caption) and see that it's really about being disrespected as a fat person, which, I'm sorry, is not news. Democracy is on life support, and corporate greed is out of control. How about a little more coverage on that instead of some fat chick dealing with the consequences of her food choices? Would it be news if Danny DeVito was barred from riding a rollercoaster? Then I dove even deeper (ran a quick google search) and saw that other publications are using this same story to garner clicks and generate ad revenue.
Here's the TikTok that Remi posted putting the ranch on blast.
Queer folks can say the British word for cigs without repercussions. As a person who's closer to five bills than three and literal Twitter pronouns are fat/fuck, I can say this without fear of consequence.
SHUT THE FUCK UP, YOU FAT BICCCCCCCCCH!!!!
Should fat people be treated with basic decency and respect? Of course. All people should (minus fascists and their sympathizers). But we're not an oppressed group like black, Asian, or Jewish people who were mistreated (understatement of the century) because of things out of their control.
Get the fuck out of here with this misleading bull shit that you were discriminated against because of your size. Someone called you a fat bitch; get over it. That's not discrimination. It's not like calling you a fat bitch prohibited you from buying property or accessing water. Also, the elephant in the room; she claims in the TikTok caption that she's ridden horses and never had this happen before. How many pounds ago was that? I've high-key put on 150 lbs since losing 70 in 2019, so I can ask.
Plus, look at this guy. You have over 2 million TikTok followers. This allegedly teenaged hick can barely put a sentence together. Who gives a fuck what he has to say? I'm not defending him at all, fuck that guy, but "being embarrassed" for being fat because Forrest chin Lump talked shit is not newsworthy, FFS.
The fact of the matter is not all people can do all things. I'm sorry, ladies, but we'll never see a woman play quarterback in the NFL. Speaking of seeing, color-blind people can't be fighter pilots (s/o Little Miss Sunshine for that tidbit). I can't enjoy a lovely wicker daybed in fear of turning it into kindling. That's life. Guess what? Super fat people can't ride horses (without balloons) because of the risk it poses to the horse. You would've been prepared if you watched the great Nathan For You. Don't cry about a "lack of advertising." If you kept up with the highest-rated Comedy Central show on IMDB, you would've known this already.
Nathan For You ended on November 9th, 2017, which means there are nearly five years of issues that need Nathan's fixing. Just think of all the small businesses he could've saved during Covid that the government let die while giving small business loans to professional sports teams. I would've loved to see Nathan's ideas to maximize profits with social distancing. I wouldn't be surprised to learn he was behind outdoor dining aka eat your burrito in our parking lot.
I'm sorry this quasi-celebrity who's famous for being fat got a dose of reality, but as a fat/fuck, stories like this drive me crazy. Yeah, if you weren't hired for a job because you're fat, okay, you've got a case...but then again, some jobs require physical fitness. Firefighters shouldn't have hanging guts. I had to pass a physical to cut off people's electricity. Can I say I'm being discriminated against by women who don't wanna fuck me because of my size? Cause I'll take my restitution in juicy redheads.
Just make your little TikToks showing how brave you are for letting your gut flap in the wind and let the horsies live in peace before they're turned into glue and dog food.
It's a big day for Nathan For You. And Kirk, please check out #DozVsTheDozen. I can get your team to the next level.