Well, here’s one of those stories that almost inevitably ends in some kind of rant. Here goes. Jordan Ramos is a 21-year-old University of Iowa student. She describes herself as “plus-sized.” Let’s get to the point. She’s fat. Okay, so there’s plenty of fat people in a nation overridden with a marked obesity problem. What’s the big deal? Well, Jordan is making big-time news by claiming that she is being discriminated against because of her size.
At first glance, it seems like a good argument, right? We at Common Sense Conspiracy wholeheartedly believe that Miss Ramos should never be discriminated against because she is obese. When we say “discriminated against,” we mean situations like an employer not considering her because of her size. Stuff like that. What is Ramos’ beef? She was not allowed to dance on a platform at a bar.
Jordan went to the Union Bar in Iowa City with some friends in March. She wanted to get onto a special platform where her friends were hanging out and dancing, but a bouncer stopped her and turned her away. The first time, he simply said that the platform was full. But after waiting for a couple of people to leave, Jordan tried again. The bouncer turned her away again, and when prompted for a reason, he had a damning reply:
“Look, you will never get up on this platform. Go back to the dance floor where you belong.”
According to Jordan, the only difference between her and the others dancing on the platform is that she is “plus-sized” and they were all thin. She gave up the fight for that night, but she lived to fight another day. She returned to the bar in April with her friends to see if the same thing would happen. This time, the confrontation got uglier:
“He said, ‘You’re not pretty enough and you’re pregnant.’ I said, ‘I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that I am not pregnant.’ He then looked at my stomach and said, ‘You obviously are.’ They knew I was not pregnant; it was their way of calling me fat without having to actually say it.”
So what did Jordan do? Apparently this fat girl really wants to dance on the platform bad. She actually approached the Human Rights Commission in Iowa City but they turned her away, citing that while she may have been discriminated against because of her size, it is not illegal in formal law for them to do so.
So, how does this make you feel, America? Should Jordan have every right to dance on that bar platform, regardless of her size, or is it okay for a bar to say no to the plus-sizes? And is this really a cause that should be addressed with the Human Rights Commission while others are discriminated against for more sincere and noble reasons? Or is this a harbinger of things to come with a society that is ever leaning more towards obesity? What do you think? Common Sense Conspiracy values your opinion and wants to hear it.