Alan Linda has been essay opinion pieces for a Fergus Falls Daily Journal for 30 years.
Or should we say, he HAD BEEN.
The longtime columnist has been dismissed after his many new installment of “The Prairie Spy” went viral for all a wrong reasons.
In his article, entitled “Taking notice of a distance of people in today’s world,” Linda described how formidable it had been to float in an aeroplane subsequent to an overweight passenger, relaying a version with all a attraction of an puncture landing.
“And when a 300-plus male has we effectively pinned in and we can’t even run for it, when they expression during you, your initial suspicion is: ‘Oh, man. He looks hungry.'”
Yeah. It’s like if Dave Barry was a outrageous asshole.
Well, if you’re annoyed we aren’t alone. After many readers wrote in, a paper’s editorial house announced in an editorial that they were dropping Linda, writing:
“Not usually did this provoke many of a readers, it annoyed us.
Bullying others is not OK. Body degrading is not OK. Racist views are not OK. Homophobia is not OK. The list goes on, though we get a picture. Let’s discuss a issues, not make personal attacks on people.”
So unhappy that they have to explain that to someone.
Afterwards, editor/publisher Tim Engstrom stood behind a decision, revelation Minnesota’s Star Tribune:
“When you’re a village journal like a Daily Journal, you’re tighten to a community… I’ve gotten an overwhelmingly certain response over a decision. People contend it’s a right thing to do.”
Well, there ya go.
How do YOU feel about a paper’s hardline position on physique shaming??
[Image around Twitter.]