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  • Michael

    As far as I can tell Drew Carey isn’t gay or obese and has never said that either is a choice or genetic.

    I don’t get this one at all.

    • Daniel Florien

      It’s a quote from him. He’s saying in America, people see obesity as genetics, but think people chose to be gay.

      It’s a joke.

      • Kodie

        The graphic didn’t make it obvious Drew Carey commentary about what America thinks, it was either he said those opinions or he is being used as an example.

        The joke is funny because it’s true, but the graphic is terribly executed.

        • UrsaMinor

          Humor can be deadly in the hands of amateurs.

        • mike

          It’s a really really really really common internet format of quoting somebody.

          • Kodie

            It’s also a popular way to target an example of a quote and a popular way to emphasize the wrong part of a quote. Not everyone on the internet is immersed in the world of meme language and format, either. Certainly not every meme is made by someone smart enough to get their point across well. I’m certain you may have some awareness that people on the internet sometimes don’t prioritize communicating well over amusing someone, even if it’s just themselves. I do get a kick out of a well-crafted meme, they are just so rare. You people laugh at just about anything! And I don’t know how busy Daniel is, I doubt he made this himself, but he thought we’d enjoy another one of these type posts. I don’t say I didn’t enjoy it, but I don’t have to enjoy everything. I saw someone was confused by it, someone I’m given to understand is far more exposed to this format and would have understood it the first time if it were any good. So I said, hey, I didn’t get it either.

            They say once you have to explain the joke, it’s not funny anymore. If you have to explain the joke, it wasn’t funny, or you blame the audience. But you have to know your audience, you can’t presume to think they are all like you: making and sharing memes like they’re herpes (you wish?). Bad delivery. I might even say, boring. Funny, but not ha-ha funny. Not, holy shit Batman, I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without knowing this, and I laughed so hard I pooped myself. I, personally, would have a higher standard. I would not post mediocre badly performed “art” instead of something that really grabs the audience – the audience I had cultivated to expect a little more effort and a little more literacy. I could go on all day, but I think you get the point. If you were trying to tell me something, like, how could you be so dumb when it’s obvious? I mean, it just didn’t knock me out. How you say, FAIL?

            tl;dr – FAIL!

    • linda

      What I don’t get is how you think you know what Drew Carey has or hasn’t said

    • Liz

      Here’s some background information that is pertinent to the understanding of this meme: Drew Carey was the host of “Who’s Line is it, Anyway?” where he started the show saying, “Welcome to Who’s Line is it, Anyway? The show where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.”
      By replacing the original phrase with that shown in the meme, the creator of the meme made funny happen…or not since no one here seems to get it.

      • vasaroti

        I get it, and it strikes me as something he might well have said. Loved that show!

    • vasaroti

      One definition of obesity is 20 lbs over your normal weight, with ‘normal’ according to those height/weight charts the insurance cos. use. A more modern and accurate definition is: Body mass index (BMI), a measurement which compares weight and height, defines people as overweight (pre-obese) if their BMI is between 25 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2.
      Either way, Drew Carey is obese.

  • http://www.jennyjenny.org jenny

    Oh yes, because no one in america vilifies people for being obese….

    • Paul

      But obesity is becoming less tolerated. Yes I am obese and not gay so I can’t speak to how gay folk feel beyond what gay friends have told me but I know the ostracism that the obese deal with and it is much less than what I see directed to LGBT community.

      But the graphic does make a good point. Genes did not make me fat – love of good food and lack of exercise is responsible and I do have the choice to do something about it. Gay is gay. I don’t know how much is nature or nurture but I don’t feel that it is in anyway a choice.

  • vasaroti

    My favorite bit of research on the biological basis for homosexuality is this :
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21315103
    Note the phrase “This “fraternal birth order” (FBO) effect has been replicated numerous times, including in non-Western samples. ” For each older brother that a physical male has his chances of being homosexual increase by approximately 33 percent, starting from about a 3% chance that the first son will be gay. I love the implication that quiverfull families are bringing more gays into the world.
    Bogaert also researches celibacy and pedophilia. Interesting guy.

  • DVS

    So its been proven scientifically? Being gay is genetic?


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