Know Your Fat Meme — Anti-Joke Chicken

Today’s macro is a version of the Anti-Joke Chicken,  a meme that starts with a joke setup and then subverts the joke with a non-punchline.

Some sample Anti-Joke Chicken macros include:

Knock knock / Come in.
Your Mama is so old / She’s probably going to die soon.
Why doesn’t God like fruitcake? / Because He doesn’t exist.

Most fat jokes rely heavily on the idea that a fat person is somehow lesser or substandard in comparison to people who aren’t fat. This Anti-Joke Chicken macro does something different, but I still don’t like it:


Obsessive exercising, or activity disorder, is a serious condition tied to anorexia and bulimia, where suffers have cognitive distortions about their body.

The Association for Body Image Disordered Eating (ABIDE) out of U.S. Davis has a clear description of such disordered thinking:

  • Dichotomous, Black and White Thinking: “If I don’t run, I can’t eat.”
  • Overgeneralization: “Like my mom, people who don’t exercise are fat.”
  • Magnification: “If I don’t work out today, I’ll gain weight.”
  • Selective Abstraction: “If I can go to the gym, I am happy.”
  • Superstitious Thinking: “I must run every morning or something bad will happen.”
  • Personalization: “People are looking at me because I’m out of shape.”
  • Arbitrary Inference: “People who exercise get better jobs, relationships, and so on.”
  • Discounting: “My doctor tells me not to run, but she is flabby so I don’t listen to her.”

The Anti-Joke Chicken is supposed to be humorous via shock, but I don’t think it counts as subversion when the original joke is demeaning, and the subversion is not only demeaning, but also grim. It minimizes both the problems with weight-centric jokes and the realities of living in a society that supports self-loathing as motivation.

I made my own AJC. I hope you like it.

Comedy gold.


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