On Thursday, Ragen mentioned a mysterious photo shoot with her bike on Facebook. Today the photos were published on the front page of the largest newspaper in Iceland under the headline “Fat and Healthy”, in preparation for the upcoming Weight Stigma Conference in Reykjavik next week.
The online edition of the article with more photos is available with Google Translate.
The online sub-headline is, of course, “Receives Death Threats for Being Fat”. The article runs through Ragen’s usual collection of stories: her elite childhood athletics, her “eating disorder” and subsequent weight gain, her “trained research” about the impossibility of weight loss, the famous spaghetti straps judge story. There is a jumbled timeline of her “fat activism” that doesn’t match her own Livejournal posts. A large section is devoted to “death threats” she receives. She claims she watches the clock at 6:45 at every speaking engagement because of a standing threat against her life at that specific time. She even mentions the ridiculously impractical IRONMAN drowning death threats.
Ragen goes on to talk about harassment, prejudice against fat people, the war on obesity, then back to more death threats. Then she takes it to the next level. She “would not use the word ‘martyr'”, but implies there is a very real possibility she will become a literal martyr for fat acceptance when someone actually kills her. This translation is from a native Icelandic speaker.
If someone follows through with their threat and kills me, I hope it will be a wake-up call that we have to stop treating fat people like we do today. I hope it will inspire other fat people to step forward and say “enough”. I would not use the word “martyr”, it’s just something I think about if someone would go through with the threats.
We want to reiterate: if someone has made a legitimate threat against Ms. Chastain’s life, she needs to contact the police immediately. This is not something you post on your Facebook wall or casually mention in an interview. Ragen is trying to imply there is a very real chance someone is going to murder her simply because of her views on fat acceptance.
There are a few minor conclusions we can make from this article. We note Ragen claims she is training to “run” a marathon at some point. Based on the photos, we can probably safely put to rest any speculation about whether she lost any weight during her 16 months of intense marathon and IRONMAN training. It’s also worth noting Ragen appears to suffer from a progressive case of genu valgum (knock-knees) which one would assume is caused by her super obesity. For some reason, this is yet another relevant condition never mentioned by either Ragen or the fat-shaming knee doctor when she has knee pain.
Ragen continues to portray herself as a heroic activist who receives almost 75,000 abusive messages every year, and credible death threats “almost daily“. Any time there is the barest hint of evidence for her claims, it clearly demonstrates they are wildly exaggerated beyond all belief, totally misleading, or even pure fiction. She has compared herself to prominent assassinated rights activists like Harvey Milk and Martin Luther King, Jr. Now she is bringing up the possibility of becoming a martyr for fat acceptance herself. Is there any line Ragen will not cross for self-promotion and the pursuit of her own narcissism?