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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.

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47 Comments

  1. 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?

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  2. 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

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    • 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.

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  3. I recently wrote about this on my blog:

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

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  4. class of fitness

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

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  5. 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.

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