This will be a short post because the evidence mostly speaks for itself. In recent weeks, Ragen has been riding the wave of success after her disastrous IRONMAN attempt by framing herself as a victim of harassment and stalking. However, on numerous occasions Ragen herself has instructed her blog readers to harass individuals and contact their employers and accrediting organizations, or leave fake business reviews to affect their income. When Ragen organizes harassment, it’s an “activism opportunity”, but when someone voices their concerns or expresses criticism to Ragen or her employers (an allegation we note remains unproven), it’s “stalking”. Here are a few examples of Ragen’s hypocrisy, though there are many others over the last few years. We will not be linking to the posts themselves because the contact information is still up in all cases.
In 2012, Ragen participated in a radio interview with a doctor and a personal trainer. The PT very reasonably told Ragen normal everyday activities like tying shoes or climbing stairs become “vigorous” when an individual is hundreds of pounds overweight. He also made the mistake of questioning her dancing abilities and credentials. Ragen denied everything during the interview, then immediately got on her blog and pretended the trainer had claimed she was unable to tie her shoes or climb stairs, and that he was a “bigot” who hated fat people. She gave his email address and instructed her readers to harass him.
In 2015, Ragen really stepped up her “activism” game. In February, she instructed her readers to contact a “fat shaming” dance company on Facebook and leave fake reviews for them on Yelp and Google.
In May, a fitness instructor posted an anonymous photo of a woman in public and counted the calories of everything she ate during a football game. A writer wrote a fictional reply to him. Ragen posted contact and social media information for both men and instructed her readers to make complaints to the fitness instructor’s accrediting institute.
In July, a doctor posted a “fat shaming” video about his experiences with obese patients. Ragen immediately identified an “activism opportunity” and instructed her followers to harass him by email, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as contacting web sites that share his videos. She also posted his employer’s contact information and instructions on how to make complaints to the California Medical Board using his license number.