by Matt Weik
I’m not going to call names on this article as a result of, fairly frankly, I really feel the usage of the time period “bodybuilder” is overused as we speak. However apparently, there was a younger man who went to his dad and mom’ Lengthy Island mansion on Christmas morning and shot his dad within the again and his mother within the head. Fortunately, as of the time of scripting this, each people are recovering in a hospital which is miraculous. But it surely, as soon as once more, leads me to consider that bodybuilders are targets for the media, and these so-called “journalists” solely give attention to the unfavourable issues they do.
If You’re a Bodybuilder, Apparently You Stroll Round with a Goal on Your Again
Now, shootings occur daily and almost all day all through the US. So, how on this planet would I come throughout a information article that talks a couple of man capturing his dad and mom on Christmas morning? Oh yeah, it’s as a result of the media needed to name him out for being a bodybuilder. Thoughts you, this particular person isn’t even knowledgeable bodybuilder — to my information, he doesn’t even compete. I did all the things I might to seek out details about this man, and I’m arising with nothing. So, the media has appeared to see a muscular man who posts photos of himself within the gymnasium and instantly considers him a bodybuilder.
The fascinating factor is that they name out that he’s a private coach. Why not say, “Private coach shoots dad and mom Christmas morning!” Most likely as a result of nobody is seeking to demonize private trainers. What if this man was a trash truck driver? Do you assume the media would say, “Trash truck driver shoots dad and mom on Christmas morning!” No. Why? As a result of nobody cares what the individual does for a dwelling. It is a regular one who, should you walked by them on the road, you wouldn’t acknowledge them or assume twice about it. So, why is there a necessity for the media to particularly name out bodybuilders nowadays?
Lots of the articles on this story additionally name him (on prime of being a bodybuilder) a “muscleman” and “musclebound.” Are you able to think about if the shooter was an obese or overweight particular person on this state of affairs? Do you assume the media would say, “Fats man shoots his dad and mom Christmas morning!” Or “Extraordinarily obese and blubbery son shoots his dad and mom Christmas morning!” In that case, you possibly can wager each group can be going after them for fat-shaming when in actuality, all they’re doing is asking out the individual’s look, which isn’t any completely different than calling out the person on this story for being a bodybuilder as a result of he has muscle mass.
Am I the one one who sees a double-standard right here? Fairly hypocritical, no? Let’s name it like it’s.
Journalists and Mainstream Media Toady Are Actually Nothing However Agenda Pushers
I can solely converse for myself, however I do know many individuals really feel the identical manner I do about journalists and the mainstream media as we speak. All they do is push their agenda in accordance with what aspect of the fence their firm sits on. I don’t care what you say about being unbiased, Fox Information leans proper, and CNN leans left. That simply the best way it’s! When you assume any in a different way, you’re solely fooling your self. When one thing occurs on this planet, I have a look at each information sources (if that’s even what you wish to name them), and you’ll clearly pay attention to every aspect report the information and converse in a fashion that may be very a lot one aspect of the aisle or the opposite primarily based on how that celebration thinks and their positioning on a subject.
There isn’t any REAL information nowadays. It’s all doom and gloom once you watch the information as a result of that’s what will get the viewers’ consideration. They need folks to at all times be fearful that one thing might occur. They need folks to get engaged with one thing horrible that occurs as a result of that’s the place the eye goes.
Don’t consider me? Submit one thing constructive on social media after which publish one thing unfavourable on social media and see what will get picked up within the algorithm and will get probably the most engagement. I’m prepared to wager it’s the unfavourable publish. I’ve experimented with this myself. I’ve been posting a useful well being, health, vitamin article on-line daily for the previous 5 years, they usually get minimal engagement. As quickly as I publish a rant or one thing unfavourable, the engagement blows up. And this isn’t a as soon as in a blue moon that it occurs. It’s actually each single unfavourable publish will get exponential engagement in comparison with a useful or blissful publish.
Bodybuilders are Demonized As a result of They Are Totally different
Folks (for no matter motive) really feel that bodybuilders are freaks. It’s like an act in a circus the place as quickly because the present begins, everybody needs to see the freakiest issues to get their cash’s price. Look, I get it. Bodybuilders look completely different than most individuals. However you realize what? To bodybuilders, obese folks look completely different as a result of they aren’t taking good care of their our bodies and stroll round at 40+ p.c physique fats as a substitute of being ripped.
Know what the distinction is between a bodybuilder and an obese particular person is? A bodybuilder doesn’t care what you seem like and minds their very own enterprise. They don’t voice their opinion on a person’s weight or look. An obese particular person or somebody sad with their physique (physique picture points) seems to be at bodybuilders as self-centered, egotistic, narcissistic, immodest, and solely caring about how they give the impression of being — they usually voice their opinion. In the meantime, (precise) bodybuilders (not merely gymnasium rats) are staying in their very own lane, consuming, sleeping, and coaching. They don’t actually give a rip what others are doing or what they’re saying.
The media paints bodybuilders as nothing greater than a needle filled with steroids being injected. They envision roid rage. They envision all the things dangerous that would probably exist. They have a look at bodybuilders as being uneducated and solely having the ability to decide issues up and put them down (like what Planet Health portrays bodybuilders as). In the meantime, if they really sat down with professional bodybuilders (like Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Ronnie Coleman, and so forth.), they’d see that not solely are bodybuilders sort and mild people, however they’re extremely clever as nicely.
So, can we please cease with portray the image that bodybuilders are these horrible human beings? It could be good if the media truly reported on the information and left their biased opinions out of their reporting.