Rather than the elite not being held responsible for their actions because we are so consumed with self-loathing, it might be that fat people do get blamed for problems that have nothing to do with their bodies. This process of deflecting responsibility certainly has a long history.
Amy E. Farrell
Amy E. Farrell is Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and author of Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture (NYU Press, 2011).
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The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.