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01 August 2005 @ 03:13 pm
Eating contests.  
I recently witnessed a televised eating contest which, judging from what I can remember about the naming, is an annual hot-dog eating contest. Personally I was so revolted by this spectacle that I watched to see who won. The winner was a man who consumed 45+ hot dogs (and buns). (I think it was 45, I know for a fact is was more than 40.) This clearly takes it beyond the bounds of what could normally be viewed as a celebratory meal/feast.

Seeing it made me consider the opinion that such a contest should be disallowed and potentially considered a crime against humanity, though that is a very extreme side to take given the current state of the world. I believe such a contest offers no positive contributions to our society while condoning - even encouraging and rewarding - the following detriments:

1) Overeating.

2) Excessive waste of survival commodities. (Partially linked to #1 but not entirely.) Contrary to any marketing claims food is and always has been limited in availability.

3) Boasting to neighbors, continental and abroad, that there is enough food in this nation to fuel an eating contest while other countries suffer from famine.

While I do not blame Africa's famine (and problems leading up to it) on a yearly eating contest, I do consider such a contest to be reprehensible as well as entirely unnecessary. I would support outlawing them and wonder if you would, also.
bellepoisson on August 3rd, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
We should probably start arresting overweight people too. To further deter the crime of overeating.

Also, all other activities that use an excessive amount of "survival commodities" should be illegal forthwith. Especially watersports. Or any activity that causes excess consumption of water. Like exercise. Those poor kids in africa have nothing to drink, while we purposefully force more water out of our bodies.. only to greedily consume more!

With excerising and obesity against the law (of course, those obese people who can prove with reasonable doubt that they are in fact obese from a medical condition rather than overeating would be spared), we will of course need to make a good deal of room in our prisons. I propose that we release all drug users and dealers except those who use/deal marijuana, as marijuana can lead to excess food consumption. If releasing the remaining drug users/dealers does not free up enough space, we will begin releasing perps of more violent crimes, and if that is still not enough.. perhaps those larcenous of non "survival commodity" items.

I bet the resources we'd retain in the united states would double. Maybe we might even consider actually letting some of them find their way over to africa. For a price of course. We'd of course have to have the right to restructure and oversee all government activity to ensure our resources are being properly distributed. Renaming sounds a bit farfetched, but our endearing leader will push for it to give "africans" a new sense of hope and freedom, allowing them to take pride in their nation, leaving all despondent and hopeless thoughts behind as they proudly become "Bushtopians."