The first-ever plus-size resort for people 280 pounds or more has been open for two years, but the media has only just discovered it, thanks to a British reality show called "My 18-30 Stone Holiday."
Simply called The Resort, the property is located on Eleuthera, a small island in The Bahamas. Owner Shawn-James King bills it as a beach escape free of scrutiny and uncomfortable accommodations (beds, tubs, beach chairs) that aren't built for bigger bodies.
US and UK outlets alike have written about the resort.
Most of the coverage is crawling with sizeist stereotypes and crude fat jokes.
The New York Post's cheap headline is only a teaser for the fat phobia within.
The paper describes The Resort as a place where bigger people can "let it all hang out" and touts the property's sturdy beds as being good for "worry-free sex." Because back on the mainland, fat people are just clothed blobs who have fraught sex on wobbly beds, right? No.
The Post even goes so far as to describe the getaway as having a "homely atmosphere" (read: unattractive and plain). This seems like a typo — I believe it should read "homey," as in cozy and intimate — but the mistake could not be more unfortunate or insulting.
The paper also points out the insignificant detail that owner King is not plus-size. He is "of a normal weight," the article reads.
Meanwhile, The Independent couldn't resist a pun about vacationers opening their "fat wallets" for a stay.
"Interested? You’ll need a heavy wallet, too," read the last paragraph of the article.
UK paper The Sun is no place for wokeness, and its reporting on The Resort is no exception.
The headline and dek paint the hotel as a sideshow. Emphasizing "extra-wide doors" and "METRE wide chairs," the paper's enthusiasm for body shaming is palpable.
Nearly every piece of coverage focused on the bountiful buffet options and exact weight allowances of chairs and beds.
It is unremarkable for a resort to have indulgent food. And based on Facebook photos, The Resort's food doesn't come close to the gluttony of Vegas.
Still, to The Independent, an average buffet somehow caters to large appetites: "The buffet — open for breakfast, lunch and dinner — caters to those with fuller appetites," read the paper's article. Last time I checked, people with all size appetites eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Fat jokes are pernicious enough in internet comment sections, we don't need to read them in newspapers.
These kind of "harmless jokes" turn fat bodies into punchlines and normalize cruel behavior that shouldn't be tolerated in elementary school, let alone in a newsroom.