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To think that a discussion board called "Fat People Hate" shouldn't be allowed?

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MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:11:53

On Reddit...a popular site whose tagline is "The Front Page of The Internet" there's a "sub-reddit" called "Fat People Hate."

I stumbled across it and am just open mouthed that it's actually allowed.

I know how important free speech is...but really? An entire sub dedicated to hating people who are overweight?

I want to complain to Reddit but somehow...I just know they'll ingore me. It's a very "laddish" site really...main demographic is 18-30 I think...there are however some AMAZING sub-reddits on the site which I really enjoy...but knowing they allow this sub just puts me off using them!

I won't link but it's pages and pages of hateful words and pics dedicated to putting people who are overweight down. Those who want to join the sub are expected to prove they're not overweight or they're not allowed. It's so low...why? Why are they allowed?

BreacaBoudica Fri 05-Jun-15 22:14:38

I'm fat, and even I can see it's a freedom of speech issue. Fatness is not a protected characteristic in any way! Just, you know, read something else?

WorraLiberty Fri 05-Jun-15 22:15:15


But you might as well link it as you've started a thread about it. Just to save people searching for it...which obviously people will now.

MaidOfStars Fri 05-Jun-15 22:15:56

I love Reddit.

ChuffinAda Fri 05-Jun-15 22:16:23

Freedom of speech
Either you're pro it and have to let hateful things slide or you're against it, in which case move to Russia China or north Korea.

I reckon the board is run by Katie Hopkins fwiw

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:17:19

Worra I wouldn't look for it. It's as disgusting as it's terrible!

And I know it's not the same as racism but it is hate speech....imagine a group called "Anorexic People Hate" or "Self Harming People Hate"

I suppose I can't understand what people like that get out of it!

WorraLiberty Fri 05-Jun-15 22:17:57

I've just found it and I agree it's just nasty. Some people clearly have nothing else to do.

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:17:59

Maid me too but it's so fucking sexist...and that sub is absolutely repugnant.

Topseyt Fri 05-Jun-15 22:19:15

Sounds like a site to avoid, so that's just what you I would do.

Not worth saying anything as they are just likely to ignore it anyway.

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:26:47

I just makes me so angry there are people out there like that who are allowed to bully such a showy way.

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Fri 05-Jun-15 22:27:27

This is faaaaaar from the worst thing on reddit. There's subs devoted to taking pictures of women's arses without them knowing. There used to be an underage porn subreddit called "jailbait" run with the consent and knowledge of Reddit's administrators, which was only shut down after an expose in the paper. It's almost certainly still running somewhere there, under a different name. And that's not even getting into the racist neo-Nazi stuff.

Stay away, it's a shithole. It's appalling that so many celebrities and politicians give it legitimacy by appearing to be interviewed etc.

Sorry but it's Reddit.. you can hardly complain about such sites, refit and 9gag and 4chan are designed for shock value.

If you want to see the highlights of the net, try imgur, you usually see the popular meme and posts or copied ama's from reddit.

I fucking love their secret sant though!

MamaLazarou Fri 05-Jun-15 22:33:46

On the plus side, it's corralling all these vile people together in one place, therefore avoiding too much overspill onto other parts of the internet.

Aermingers Fri 05-Jun-15 22:37:32

It's Reddit. If they offende you never, ever Google Wincest.

NomiMalone Fri 05-Jun-15 22:37:36

Use a shit naice site like Buzzfeed?

Fwiw I love Reddit. It's the website I use more than any others.

You control what you see on there. If you don't like FPH, don't read it. But trying to shut it down is pointless. FPH is not like r/creepshots or r/jailbait which were rightly pulled.

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:42:32

I also like Reddit in general. But why do they allow it to be infested like this? Fwiw I know all about the other nasty subs...but this one...I just seems sick.

Aermingers Fri 05-Jun-15 22:44:21

At least it ain't 4Chan innit?

NomiMalone Fri 05-Jun-15 22:49:26

I could name ten subreddits off the top of my head which are way way worse. I simply avoid them <<shrugs>>

I don't agree with people posting photos of others on FPH without their consent. But the subreddit does make some very valid points about the obesity epidemic. And it's currently the fastest growing subreddit which shows you that it's not a few isolated weirdos.

And Reddit has much more good content than bad. It's an amazing community and you see the very best of humanity every single day on there.

Plus people don't realise that without Reddit sites like Buzzfeed, UniLad etc simply wouldn't exist. All they do is repost original Reddit content.

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:51:43

Is it really Nomi??? Seriously??

there are far more productive ways to change society's attitude to nutrition though. So I don't think the points the sub's users make are valid at all.

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:52:36

Nomi also, you don't need to sell Reddit to me. I've already said I love the place in general. Just those awful subs leave a faint aftertaste.

Pumpkinpositive Fri 05-Jun-15 22:54:24

What on earth is a "hamplanet"?? confused

IsItStupid Fri 05-Jun-15 22:58:30

It's a massive site... and you can change your settings so you don't see posts from it.

I think it would be very difficult to start monitoring things in-depth on such a huge site. I think it's best on a site like that to only shut down illegal things, then it is very easy to justify your policy. Once you start shutting down subreddits simply because you don't agree with them you run into all sorts of trouble.

Having said that, I agree that it's vile which is why I avoid that particular subreddit.

Justanotherlurker Fri 05-Jun-15 22:59:26

You have to understand Reddit and understand that these are meta subs, taken out of context they are pretty vile but it's been built on subs such as SRS through to TumblrinAction and so on.

4chan isn't even remotely like reddit and as for 9gag they are a couple of days behind reposting reddits content, the fluffy stuff that everyone enjoys on buzz feed etc, 95% of it originated on reddit.

You have to understand the site as a whole before you start picking on specific subs.

IsItStupid Fri 05-Jun-15 23:00:23


YANBU to find it disgusting and awful.
YABU to want it banned/taken down.

It's not illegal and it doesn't permit the posting of identifying information, so I can't imagine that it will be taken down by reddit.

MrsNextDoor Fri 05-Jun-15 23:06:27

Just I do understand Reddit. I've been using it for some years. You have to understand I dumbed down my description of it in my OP as I knew that many here would have no idea of the place.

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