Woman thrown off Harry Potter ride for being 'too fat' for the seats


A girl named Jana Schmieding wrote an article for the HuffPost about being too fat to get on a Harry Potter ride. She talked about it being exclusive and it seems like she wants companies to make the rides bigger just so they can accommodate fat people.

She mentioned that she was thrown off the ride and asked to try a test seat to make sure she fits. The ride requires the safety clamp to click three times, but I guess she was too big for it. That makes the ride unsafe for her and anyone her size or larger. That means they cannot, and should not, be allowed to ride the ride that is simply not designated for people who are deemed too large.

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Some people, mostly fat folks and liberals, will try to blame the people who made the ride, or they'll try to say the theme park is non-exclusive to fat bodies, or they'll come up with any other excuse on why they are too fat. You know, because that's a lot easier than changing one's diet and going for a bike ride or run at the gym.

I think it's funny that she was thrown off the ride because I understand that some rides have safety precautions and can only handle so much weight. I get it. It makes perfect sense. However, if you're fat, then you just don't get it. Or, you don't want to get it, so you blog about it and try to make people feel bad that someone wouldn't allow you to get on a Harry Potter ride which could be tipped over or have something else unsafe happen due to your obesity.

She wrote:

My dear friend Ruha ? who has been a guest on my “Woman of Size” podcast about the discrimination against fat women’s bodies ? wrote: “Heads up. I was kicked off the Hogwarts ride because I didn’t fit. It was humiliating but they gave me front of the line passes to rest of the rides at Universal. Just be aware.”

How is that humiliating but being fat is not? Isn't it humiliating if you're way overweight and your BMI is through the roof? Shouldn't that be the humiliating part when you're buying shirts big enough for 3 average sized people? Where is the logic here? Instead of having a "Woman of Size" podcast, why not have a "Women Losing Weight" podcast? I don't think fat acceptance is a healthy life to live.

She continued:

Woof. I’d been investigating size-based discrimination for several months, interviewing and publishing conversations with women in my life who have experienced body shame, injustice and inequity around their size, gender, race and presence. Clearly, our world would prefer that women who look like the Fat Lady painting that guards Gryffindor Tower just ... disappear. “Evanesco,” the spell in Harry Potter that causes an object, animate or inanimate, to vanish into non-being, is not just fictional sorcery to women of size. It’s a very real experience that we often shoulder so that sizeist-ass muggles can sleep comfortably at night knowing they’ll never catch the fat we’ve been told we’re spreading.

I don't think size-based discrimination is anyone's fault but the fat person. We cannot force a ride company to start making rides that specifically accommodate fat people. Just stop. If you don't fit on a ride because you're too wide and heavy, then use that as motivation to fit. Don't try to push companies into spending more money to make a product that may not be able to physically handle the weight of multiple obese people. Do we really want to be forced into building loop-de-loop roller coasters that accommodate 30 overweight people? I don't even think that would be safe.

But like the Fat Lady, I am big and loud and demanding, and I absolutely refuse to vanish.

No one wants you to vanish, but perhaps grasping the concept that being overweight is unhealthy is what should be the main focus here.

Exclusion is a powerful weapon. I have support on all sides telling me that my investigations into size-based discrimination are helpful and important, and my community of people combating this issue is steadfast and intelligent. Despite all that, I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that I wished I were small enough to take the Hogwarts ride. That’s the impact of exclusion: It makes a person internalize an entire system of institutional hatred.

You're surrounded by assholes and your "support" is full of lies. Your people should be encouraging you to hit the gym, yoga, eat healthily, and do something to slim down enough that some kids ride at an amusement park isn't telling you that you're "too fat" to ride.

At Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, the locking mechanisms on the Hogwarts ride were adjusted in 2010 to safely accommodate bigger bodies, but not before this man was “inspired” to lose weight so he could be allowed on board. That’s wrong. Exclusion and shame are not motivational techniques; they’re forms of bullying. Exclusion makes me, a logical and educated person, believe that I’m at fault for not fitting into this ride instead of recognizing that rides should accommodate all people’s bodies. Apply this thinking to race or gender discrimination or disabled accessibility, and you have yourself the hot stew we’re in today.

This is nonsense. Go home and lose weight. Stop trying to normalize being fat and unhealthy. Big people simply don't fit on the ride just like short people don't fit on some other rides. Big deal. Stop blaming exclusion for your health issues and the fact that you're too big to ride. Handle it like an adult and get a personal trainer and eat better. If you don't want a trainer, then just go to a local gym and ask them for some workout tips. By all means, do something to stop being fat instead of embracing it.

We must be more intelligent and inclusive about the way we’re designing spaces and experiences for people. My ordeal at Hogwarts was so slight compared to the kind of exclusion that others experience, but it’s not the first time a place has been built that doesn’t accommodate my body. While “safety” is often the given reason that fat people are excluded, it’s clear to us that companies are actually just keeping the general public safe from our fatness. In this case, rather than turning people away daily from an incredible Hogwarts moment, Universal Studios could have simply designed and built a ride from the start that welcomed a diverse range of body sizes, especially as more and more Americans identify as fat or plus size.

No thanks. Companies build based on the average sized human and they shouldn't be required to build rides for obese people. What happens when someone who is average size sits in an obese seat and falls out? Even worse, if more and more Americans are identifying as fat, then that's a major problem.  We need to stop being fat. Fat sucks. Fat is unhealthy. Fat is not sexy. Fat smells. It's time to take into account that we need to see less people of obese sizes and more people exercising. Americans cannot embrace an unhealthy culture or lifestyle. We need to promote something better. We don't need to look like super models or guys on steroids, but we should be of a healthy status and not consistently raising our BMI.
If you get kicked off a ride for being too fat, then good. Go home and lose weight. You can do it, right?