With tears welling up behind porcine cheeks and multiple chins aquiver the chair of the Southbridge School Committee closed last night’s meeting with a performance that rivaled Vivien Leigh at the denouement of Gone With The Wind.
At issue was the reference to her as a morbidly obese blueberry by a reader’s comment on this blog in a post that parodied her for reasons other than her weight.
Granted that the remark was in questionable taste, but then parody is, of its nature, sometimes in questionable taste.
Nevertheless, as the moderator of this blog and in the interests of accuracy, I should apologize. She clearly is not a blueberry.
As regards any other matter, I lack the necessary data to be able to distinguish between obese and morbidly obese in her particular case.
Never mind that those to the west of her at sunrise could be forgiven for thinking that they are witnessing a solar eclipse.
Disregard the fact that she has her own climate.
It’s none of our concern that she is of sufficient mass to have her own gravitational field as witnessed by the fact that she has three moons in constant orbit about her named Erin, Jill and Kara.
And it is of only passing interest that as Chair of the School Committee she is one of only a couple of public resources that compete with the landfill in terms of total acreage.
At issue is the utter audacity of playing the victim card while sitting astride a public bureaucracy that issues notices to parents about their children’s body mass index. I don’t care if it’s a state mandate or not. Lecturing me on setting an example when childhood obesity is a major nationwide concern is disingenuous in the extreme.
Rather than using criticism of your weight as a distraction from real issues in the school district or as a pathetic attempt to gain public sympathy, suck it up and set a real example. Prove to those kids whose BMI is in the unacceptable range that they can change by setting the example and losing weight yourself. It would also be in the best interests of your health. I suspect that your daughters, who you so cravenly dragged into your self-pitying diatribe, would ultimately find that they have this blog to thank for shaming you into taking action that extended the years you have to spend with them.
As regards the matter of bullying, that is hardly an appropriate matter for you to champion. The offhanded remarks which you chose to base your monologue upon compare in no way to the relentless bullying engaged in by you and some of your colleagues leading to the resignation of the former Chairman of the Committee.
As regards your claim that I rebuffed your attempt to establish an honest dialog, that simply doesn’t hold water. I extended to you an invitation to post your views and vision on this blog. What I declined to do was to meet with you personally. The way the former Chairman was treated made me reticent to allow for the possibility that anything I said to you privately would later be misrepresented or distorted.
Finally, as someone who has been active in the public realm, I can tell you that you had better develop a thicker skin. I have had far more derogatory things said about me and far more vile rumors circulate than any remarks about being overweight. As another plain-spoken politician once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”