Gunn Takes Aim at President with $100k Bounty on Trump’s Weight, But Does He Miss the Mark?

Posted by January 17, 2018 Comment

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James Gunn. Credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has spoken out once again about President Donald Trump, but this time, he may have taken things too far. Following the release of the President’s first physical exam, which reported that Trump is 6’3″ and 239 pounds or 1.9 metres and 17 stone for our UK readers, Gunn took to Twitter to offer $100,000 if the President will weigh himself on an accurate scale, presumably revealing that he actually heavier than his physical exam claims.

Gunn’s intentions in using the hashtags #Girther and #GirtherMovement are surely an attempt to mock the President’s involvement in the racist “Birther” movement, which claimed that President Obama was not born in the United States. However, loath as I am to even remotely defend Donald Trump, I feel it’s my duty as a prominent member of the fat community to point out that Gunn’s Tweets serve only to perpetuate the status of fat people as acceptable targets of derision as a group even for people who normally adhere to progressive principles. President Trump is a dangerous idiot whose words and policies promote hate and intolerance, but his weight, and whatever shame he or the 35% of men and 40% of women in America classified as obese might feel about it, has nothing to do with that.

Gunn’s offer followed another tweet, showing a picture of physically fit athlete Albert Pujols, also purported to be 6’3″ and 239 pounds, side by side with a photo of Trump accentuating his stomach (click the tweet to see the photo):

Gunn soon came under fire for his fatism, forcing him to go on the defensive and argue that his tweets were targeting Trump’s dishonesty, not his weight.

Even so, Gunn quickly shifted his focus from Trump’s alleged weight to his height instead, though he continued to use the #Girther and #GirtherMovement hashtags (click the tweets to see the photos):

Gunn stopped tweeting after that, so perhaps he’s preparing an apology. We’ll keep you updated when Gunn comes back online.

UPDATE: Gunn returned to Twitter this morning continuing the same theme as yesterday, so it doesn’t look like he intends to repent any time soon. However, he has quietly dropped the #Girther hashtag (click the tweet to see the photo).

A little bit later, Gunn took to Twitter to deploy the “he did it first” defense, and also to classify anyone criticizing him as a political opponent with ulterior motives, proving definitively that if you’re stubborn and unwilling enough to take the L, you too can become exactly like the very thing you first set out to criticize.

(Last Updated January 17, 2018 1:55 pm )

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