disturbingly enough, i think "puke bucket" is the best title for this post.
March 17, 2005 03:51 PM

Everyone knows I didn't care for Supersize Me and its general wrongheadedness (and if you don't, by all means go back to last fall's blog and read up). But as I was reading some random other thing on the admittedly quite biased consumerfreedom.com, I came across this:

MTV viewers may remember Spurlock's short-lived show ''I Bet You Will,'' whose motto was ''stupidity pays.'' With cameras rolling, Spurlock paid a man to gulp down an entire 24-ounce jar of mayonnaise... Not surprisingly, the show featured an ''Official Puke Bucket.''
from ''Super Size Me' Is Just Another Sick Reality Show' - which, well, it kinda is

The op-ed piece is obviously not a factual circus of fun, but I at least assume it wouldn't use totally made up information. I didn't know that (about the bucket of puke show). And it explains so much about the presentation of that movie: it's all geared to the shocktainment of the "money shot" of some dude puking in a bucket (or, you know, on the street - the location is immaterial).

Sorry for making you read the word "puke" so many times there, kids. But it intrigues me that, as I was going back through some of my fat/health posts to bring you my scintillating commentary on Super Size Me, the image of people vomiting is a big part of the media representation of fat. I think it's not-so-subliminal messaging. Every kid knows vomit is gross, right? And fat people are gross, too! So bring on the puke bucket!

What I was originally reading, by the way, is a news bit on that largely unsupportable theory that kids getting fat means they're going to die younger than their parents. The truth? No, they're not. Even the CDC says kids born last year can expect to live longer than mom and dad. But you'd be better off reading Paul's summary of the whole thing than bothering with the Consumer Freedom peeps. They're entertaining, but well, it's a little "pot? this is kettle... you're black!" when they call the Everyone's Dying! study peeps scare mongerers.

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hey did you read about the person who "debunked" the film? probably her story is just as offensive in other ways (i'm not a big fan of extreme libertarianism m'self) but it's interesting that people are debunking.


these are the thoughts of Kim on March 17, 2005 05:52 PM

pssst. Go back and check out what Consumer Freedom is all about. Its just an industry front group. In their eyes, PETA=Bad, GE crops=good.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine = "animal-rights nuts"

these are the thoughts of Subversity on March 23, 2005 10:01 PM

Yeah, that's part of what I was getting at. They're ah... not the most responsible, balanced source of news. I generally don't recommend them as a source of information, but here they at least had some facts I didn't know.

these are the thoughts of April on March 24, 2005 09:32 AM

As an industry swill. The site gains legitmacy through links via left-wingers. The information you cite, is correct, and i agree with you, but I'd try a google seach for an alternate souce an steer people clear of that place.

For instance, even if Fox news reports a story, I will find another site to link to that has the same story. I just wont direct people to Fox.

And, here I am tellig you how to run your blog. Maybe I should just like to Fix and be done with it


these are the thoughts of Subversity on March 27, 2005 11:00 PM

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