Charles Barkley Should Not Apologize For 'Fat' San Antonio Women Comments

By Andrew Fisher
Charles Barkley
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Charles Barkley is at it again. By ‘at it again’ I mean he’s angered more people. This time it’s because of comments he made about the women of San Antonio:

Anyone who’s ever watched an episode of Inside the NBA this time of year has surely heard the Chuckster make these comments before. Anytime the subject of traveling to San Antonio comes up, he immediately starts up with the fat jokes. Kenny Smith knew exactly what he was doing when he lobbed the San Antonio question up to Barkley.

He immediately went on one of his comedic rants and got the whole set laughing out loud. That’s what he does.

But there are some who think he should apologize for making the comments. Here’s what the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance told TMZ:

“Making slurs about body size is just as offensive as making comments about body color. One would think being a black man, he’d be more sensitive to having his physical body criticized. It’s totally out of line. He should absolutely apologize.”

Where was this group last year when he was making these jokes? And the year before?

Here’s a clip from four years ago:

Furthermore, do they not realize that the Chuckster has made fun of himself on numerous occasions for being fat? That’s why he’s now a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. He actually wants to help people lose weight.

To say that making a fat joke is like making a racist joke, is just not accurate. Sure, in 2014 making fun of anyone for anything is unacceptable, but let’s not connect Barkley’s comments to race. Unlike skin color, most people can actually control how much they weigh.


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