Twitter erupted last week when comedian Corey Holcomb took to his account to continue his seemingly never-ending hate-fueled rant against women, particularly plus-sized women. This time the subject of his tweet was blogger Chasity Garner of GarnerStyle.
Garner, whose blog has been featured on Oprah.com, the New York Times, and Elle Magazine, has followers who number in the hundreds of thousands. She is also happily married. Her followers were quick to both alert her to the meme and jump to her defense. They flooded Holcomb’s timeline with questions about what he called, “a joke.”
Perhaps the best response to Holcomb’s tweet came from Garner herself:
For Garner, however, the “fat joke” was perhaps the least offensive part of Holcomb’s tweet. “I’ve been fat my whole life. I’ve legit laughed at some jokes about me before, ” she says. “This just wasn’t even funny”. More than anything, she is disappointed that these are the kinds of messages black men are sending out about black women.
“If anything happens to a black man I’ll retweet and call attention to it. Aren’t we all supposed to be supportive of each other? The bitch part is really got me like wait a minute.…You don’t even know me like that to call me out my name. At the end of the day when you call out a woman, an individual, and a black woman at that…it’s just nasty all the way around.”
Garner felt it was important to draw some attention to Holcomb’s tweet because it makes it known that these kinds of attitudes still do exist. With such a large platform, it was also important to let her fans know that her feathers aren’t easily ruffled.
“I’m just very strong in who I am. It’s all about starting the conversation…At the end of the day, you can’t let someone else tell you how to feel about yourself. We have so much control over our feelings. self esteem is something that you have to practice on a daily basis.…It’s not all on what you look like on the outer. Women are powerful. They have amazing careers. They just show up everyday for themselves and everyone else.…There are so many other things to be confidence in, not just your looks. All of these things make women such dynamic human beings. ”