A parody of Tyga’s Rack City – Fat Hungry Bitch –has recently gone viral on YouTube. Unfortunately, Fat Hungry Bitch builds upon the misogyny of the original and adds fat phobia into the mix.

The so-called “video hoe” is a modernized version of the Hottentot Venus - Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman. It has been 217 years since the death of Ms. Bartman, yet the sexist and racist fetishization of Black female bodies lives on with the obligatory ass-shaking and fixation on the buttocks in a large percentile of videos that sexualize Black women.  Just as Baartman was forced to display her buttocks and genitalia for the amusement and the uplift of whiteness, today’s video hoe shakes her genitalia to empower a very negative construction of Black masculinity.

Fat Hungry Bitch attempts to present itself as idealizing and uplifting fat Black women; however, it reads like feeder porn and celebrates a feeder/feedee relationship, which in some circles has been known to be abusive to the feedee. Rather than the Health At Any Size doctrine that fat activists have attempted to normalize, feederism promotes the eating of food and gaining of weight as erotic, even in cases where it causes a feedee to become immobile.  In some cases, feederism includes forced feeding with the goal being to discover how fat and helpless the feedee can potentially become.

To publicly eat and enjoy food as a fat person often means subverting our social constructions of womanhood.  Women are encouraged to purchase low-fat, low-calorie foods and to eat small portions at all times.  Representatives of companies like Jenny Craig are women, with the underlying message being that true femininity belongs only to those who the ability to conform to a very thin and narrow body type.

Rather than subverting these restricting ideas of consumption for women, Fat Hungry Bitch affirms them, even as the woman in the video licks a chicken, fellates a sausage, seductively licks her lips, and places crushed Twinkies on her breasts.  She is seen covering her face in what appears to be some form of spreadable cheese, as well as stuffing hamburgers in her mouth.  This is a purposeful attempt to eroticize the eating of food, even as this woman is reduced by having chicken wings thrown at her and mocking the one dollar bills thrown at exotic dancers. Throughout the video, her ability to eat and perform sexually with food is presented as a turn-on and this is the essence of feederism.  Although the male claims to be sexually aroused, there is no reciprocity in this statement, and we are never made aware of the reason for her participation, in what can clearly be called self-mockery.  She isn’t eating for her own pleasure, and just like in mainstream porn, her actions are specifically to titillate the male gaze.

  • hammy

    why are the majority of the “articles” on this site negative? Why are the “writers” so bent on CONSTANTLY profiling people that HATE Black women?

  • QoNewC

    …or it could just be a parody of a rather wack song thats on heavy rotation right now.

    “Just as Baartman was forced to display her buttocks and genitalia for the amusement and the uplift of whiteness, today’s video hoe shakes her genitalia to empower a very negative construction of Black masculinity.”

    No, it isnt “Just as…” anything. Video vixens are on the come up and use their bodies to get where they want to be. Dont even begin to compare it to the forced exhibition of Baartman’s body. Also, it doesnt have anything to do with empowering a negative construction of Black masculinity. It has everything to do with women using their most valued assest (youth and beauty) to get what they want out of men. There exist a million and one options for these women and they made a free choice. Dont drag anyone else into their reasoning. Own It!

  • QoNewC

    I think some of these articles need to focus on how people exploit the hatred black women have of themselves.

  • LaDreaming86

    So, ‘Hammy’, whose name I have never seen before until today comes along and comments at 5:04am, and it just so happens that not long after QON is here with a response about how Black men can do no wrong in response to ‘Hammy’.

  • LaDreaming86

    Things like this are going to be around for quite some time. Misogyny and sexism are very prevalent in Hip Hop and it isn’t difficult to see.

    All one has to do is:

    +Go through and read the comments on YouTube or any urban blog site. It’s so bad that it would seem that those who listen to Rap/Hip Hop (Mainstream) have eradicated the word “woman” from their vocabulary.

    +Follow the trending topics on Twitter, which seem to always be hateful towards women. It’s appalling how people are so ready and willing to ‘go in’ on women, but trending topics of the same nature about men quickly go away.

    +I assume we all have at least one male ‘friend’ on Facebook who complains about women, asking, “Why do females…”

    Heck, a few weeks ago I was at the subway station when I overheard a guy tell his friend, “Yo, it be hella b*tches up there.”

    Anyway.

    I watched this video the other day after reading the Frugivore article and was thoroughly disgusted, especially when the guy was throwing the pieces of chicken at the woman.

    By the way, I HATE that damn Tyga song “Rack City B*tch”. The other day I was in the car and some rap song was on where a rapper described something as being a crack, like the crack of a butt. Yes, that’s what he said and it wasn’t edited out. And we know he wasn’t talking about a man’s butt either.

    I am more than willing to bet we won’t be seeing a, “Fat Hungry Nigg*” video anytime soon.

  • QoNewC

    Paranoid.

  • RC

    as long as you have women willing to take this roles,why should I complain …..

  • RC

    *these not this….sorry for the typo

  • ExactlyWhatIthink

    Why do people get upset over videos like this. In our community we have made it acceptable to be overweight, out of shape and dress like the video vixen. It’s quite sad because we focus so much on “accepting me for who I am” instead of focusing on changing the behavior that allows us to be obese and out of control eaters. Being obese is not a beautiful site, but we pretend it is then we get upset that parodies are made. Movies, such as Eddie’s Murphy’s Norbit made fun of obese black women, along with other parodies…but bw insist that it’s ok to have bodies that take away from their look/beauty and health. BW, stop accepting obesity as okay. Natural beauty includes a natural body size

  • Tiffany

    So your saying the misogynistic culture in both the world overall and the black community specifically had nothing to do with these women’s choices to behave this way??!?! So, these women see themselves as on the come up, but how many of them actually come up? Tell me how many rappers/executives have used the exploitation of women to make millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars?? Guarantee you can name more than twenty. Ok, now name at least 5 women, who have made even a portion of that same amount of money from being a video h3o. I’ll wait…

  • Usagi

    Co-sign. I don’t get the whole black women are build bigger thing ? I understand curvy, but not fat. Maybe it’s a W.African thing ? People from Ethiopia, Somalia, or Eritrea tend to be lanky and thin and Mediterraneans tend to be thick. It could be that food that Americans eat, though. Also, you can’t compare what Baartman went though and what vidoe vixens do. VIDEO VIXENS ARE PAID AND WILLING. Rappers aren’t riding around the hood, kiddnapping redbone broads and forcing them in the vixen slave ring. Baartman was forced and didn’t know what the hell was going on when the French put her in a cage. Also, non-black women are exploited,too. In fact, most women are. Are you saying it’s okay as long as the chick isn’t black ? Have you seen a rock video ? What’s the difference between how Aerosmith treats groupies vs. how Lilltle Wayne treats hoes ? I mean, just watch one eposide of Married with Children or anime with fanservice.

  • Crossroads

    Heightist is COMMON amount bw!!!

  • Crossroads

    BW are HATEFUL too, ever heard of heightism!?

  • Sasha

    I agree with the both of you. For every negative image/ representation of Black woman that we decry its as if everyone neglects to mention that it is a Black woman choosing to participate. They are getting paid and are doing it of their own will, Ms. Baartman wasn’t so it is beyond ridiculous to even compare the two.

  • darydrea

    I get u. @tiffany. Video Vixens AUDITION for the roles. they like to shake their ass! they have no problem being naked or whatever the video needs them to be. If they had a problem, they wouldn’t do it. they would be regular dancers in the video who are not “in the spotlight”. they CHOSE this life, so let them do them.
    Melissa Ford is the only v.v. i know that had rules and guidelines. she made others abide by. She cared about her person. I’m pretty sure there are others, but i don’t care for video vixens. i think they can do so much more, but its not my life.

  • iQgraphics

    @crossroads
    What?

  • iQgraphics

    @ sasha yes! the comparison is REACHING on every level.
    @usagi agree

  • iQgraphics

    2 pages… ugh

  • jamesfrmphilly

    fruits, nuts, grains and vegatbles…..

  • Leon

    Why are people so determined to ignore these problems? Why are people so keen on taking the easy way out? That’s just the way it is, huh? B.S it is this way because we allow it to be so

  • http://questfortheperfectcurl.com Elle

    That was….a strange video.

  • Xeginy

    @ExactlyWhatIThink:

    Who dictates what a “natural” body looks like? We all know that beauty standards have always been “naturalized,” eg., they’ve been put forward as how men and women’s bodies are *supposed* to look like. You can talk about a healthy body, but you can’t really talk about a natural body. And since everybody has a different spectrum of health, that means that every body has different needs. (Not radically different, mind you; we all need food, water, protein, iron, etc. But calories per/day, sugar intake…all of that is going to vary by person, because as hard as we might try to universalize nutrition, bodies just don’t work that way. Is this an endorsement of obesity? No. It is a criticism of a culture that puts a moral value on body type, whether that body type is “healthy” or not.)

    @Usagi:

    If we’re going to say “video vixens choose b/c they auditioned and get paid” then that basically shuts down the entire conversation for so many other things. I guess we can’t talk about the debilitating effect that professional football injuries have on long-term NFL players b/c those men CHOSE to play and got paid for it. And we can’t talk about the long-term effects high heeled shoes have on feet and ankles b/c people CHOOSE to wear them. Hey, why talk about beauty standards at all, cause no one is FORCING you to wear make up, relax your hair, wear binding and/or uncomfortable clothing, bleach your teeth…

    This isn’t about choice. When the author is talking about video vixens, she’s not blaming them for their choice to be in those videos, nor is she putting them forward as victims. What she is doing is examining the very profession itself, from the context of a hyper-masculine and misogynistic culture.

  • Sofia833

    @usagi, I’m sorry but I see the rock video comparison thrown around here a lot and its dead wrong. I listen to Aerosmith and they haven’t had a single in years. Only one of their late 90′s videos were sexual, which featured a stripper scene with Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone, no where near as graphic as some of the things in Hip-Hop videos at the same time.

    Most of the “White” music that people see is the likes of Adele, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc.

  • Whatever

    LOL

  • Yve

    Co-sign what Leon said.
    Yes, women participate and I find it abhorrent, however I hope we’ll be able to re-educate women in that aspect. One of the central issues in my view is the objectification of women and the acceptance that it is normal to do so. Let’s help our sisters find or recover their self esteem and hopefully they won’t participate in such activities in the future.
    Yes. I am an optimist. Each one teach one.

  • mamareese

    If this were not a parody, I’d side with ya’ll. However this is all in fun. I happen to be a thickier sized woman and I was rolling to this. It was funny and it was not meant to titillate… it was meant to get a chuckle. Ya’ll going on Rambo for no reason….apply all this “knowledge and rage ” to something that actually matters like 3 of the 4 featured articles below…..sheesh folk cant take a joke nowadays.

  • LaDreaming86

    Why can’t women AND men be ‘re-educated’?

    Why is it always up to the woman to change her behavior so that men can change theirs?

  • Georgia

    @Sasha, actually, by all accounts Baartman was paid and, according to court transcripts from the time, performed of her own free will. It’s an absolutely valid comparison when you consider limited options, free will versus self-hatred, etc.

  • binks

    ……….. I just wasted 2 and a half minutes of my life on that video I have to think about this before I reply because I am so lost….

  • SmallPortions

    FYI: everyone needs to eat in small portions, not just women that want to be slim.

  • Bart Baker

    Thanks for making my video viewed by more people guys :D

  • apple

    lol well somebody is short

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    You make a very credible case for fat shaming, HOWEVER, companies like Jenny Craig do exist in part because FAT is NOT healthy, eating portions like you were in Somalia the other day is NOT normal, neither healthy-I think Americans like to use political correctness, at all times, and sweep reality under the rug. When an individual is fat-they are called full figured-in a bid to minimize reality. Then again, there is the issue of fat shaming that has largely brought about a sense of less than…..

  • LAD86

    Apple: He is a troll. He types the same comments about height on every article under the name ‘Donald K Summers’.

  • Hayley

    Clearly the writer of this article has put 99% more thought into writing this than Bart Baker did making the video.
    Have you even seen any of his other videos? Do you even know what he does?
    He creates parodies of other songs, you can’t really say any of his videos are ‘respectful’.
    But really? You’ve got to suck the fun out of something that is supposed to be humorous?
    This is what I truely find disgusting, people who just can’t take a joke anymore. Everything has to have some offensive underlying meaning.
    Would it have been a problem if the woman was white? What if she was skinny (which doesn’t really work with the song…)?
    What if we replaced the woman with a fat man?

  • ExactlyWhatIthink

    hahaha…I was waiting for you to post this comment

  • ExactlyWhatIthink

    @Xeginy

    You are reaching. Do you think a 16 year old is suppose to have stretch marks because she is 50 overweight? Do you think any of us are suppose to beoverweight with high blood pressure and diabetes. Yes, then people have these health issues, but regardless, is it natural? Stop making excuses. Too many bw are obese and it’s not a good look. Im being honest. And we are turning our children into unhealthy over eaters. Let’s be real and stop doing thi

  • Erica

    @crossroads are you implying that black women are uniquely heightist?

  • http://crystalmeth-odology.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    I recently wrote about this on my blog:

    After all these years, we’re still considered hyper-sexualized…

  • sholla21

    LOL. You should turn it into a youtube song.

  • RL

    I just had to literally laugh out loud at your comment.

    “Do you think a 16 year old is suppose to have stretch marks because she is 50 overweight? Do you think any of us are suppose to beoverweight with high blood pressure and diabetes.”

    Most women have stretch marks regardless of their weight or age. Naturally. Your body does undergo changes, and while skin is elastic, it isn’t putty. Also there are MANY causes for overweight, high blood pressure, and diabetes. These are not interchangable terms. They aren’t extremely common together. Genetics, stress, diet (especially fat and sodium intake), exercise, and drug (including nicotine) or alcohol consumption certainly play a part.

    I believe Xeginy was correct in her question, because “natural” does not come in one recognizable look. We are a varied species. You can’t look at a few and think they represent the whole. Healthy can come in many natural shapes and sizes. If you don’t like the way people look…that’s your problem.

  • Ms. Terious

    “Why can’t women AND men be ‘re-educated’?
    Why is it always up to the woman to change her behavior so that men can change theirs?”

    I’ve been asking this question for years and decided to take an unofficial poll to see what men had to say about such an idea. The consensus is that men will not change unless women force them to. Many men believe that they are taking their cues from women in terms of how to behave toward them. The old “we only do what we are allowed to get away with” adage is gospel to a lot of men and that is why there is no impetus for change. Of the men I polled, the black men basically admitted that they are not built for being good for goodness’ sake, but need some kind of incentive/reward. I found that to be quite sad, but then it made me think: If this is true then women might have way more power than they know… Men are basically telling us that they’re a mess because they know they can be a mess and still get the p*ssy anyway and from good, decent, respectable, etc. women at that. As one guy so eloquently stated, “If you want men to act right, close your legs… but there’s too many women out there that can’t do that.” This is obviously still a form of control over women’s choices (god forbid we should just want to f*ck because it’s an enjoyable experience instead of always having to engage in vaginal politics) and a serious game of dodge ball when it come to personal responsibility but hey, I say call their bluff. Lol

  • class of fitness

    Just for the record, melyssa ford is the only v.v. to have a role/lead on tv and movies.

  • Biggy

    I’m throwin drumsticks, drumsticks!

    This video is hilarious. Why does there have to be a hidden meaning? It’s just for entertainment. Laugh, you know it’s funny. She obviously enjoyed being in the video or she wouldn’t have done it. Plus a lot of guys like bigger women. She looks good to me. Would this parody be better if the song was called “average boring woman?” I’d rather hang out with a fat hungry bitch anytime.

  • Donald K Sumner

    @Apple, someone is a beyatch!

  • LuvIt289

    Seriously? :-\

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