Many of us did a Girl Scout-ing stint back in the day, and we have hardcore nostalgia for the camping trips, mouthfuls of ‘smores, and, of course, our sash chock-full of merit badges. We thought we had left badges back in our elementary/middle school days, but one body positivity superhero is bringing badges back for adults in the best way.
As Mic reports, self-described “fat activist” Stacy Bias was one of the many, many people who was upset by the Nicole Arbour’s”Dear Fat People,” the controversial viral video in which Arbour mocked those who weigh more than she does.
“I thought, ‘Wow. This is super abusive,'” Bias told Mic. “I started thinking about people who weren’t going to [be able to] stop subjecting themselves to it and were going to sit through that whole thing and to internalize all those messages. I woke up the next morning and said to myself, ‘I should get a merit badge for not flying to Canada and sitting on her.'”
In Arbour’ video she made some particularly cruel comments about interacting with people she deems fat in an airport setting.
“The morning after that terrible woman’s ‘Dear Fat People’ video launched on YouTube, I woke up thinking, ‘I deserve a @(#&(* Merit Badge for not flying over to Canada to sit on her.'” Bias explained on her blog. “So, I designed one (and a few others) and posted them on Facebook.”
The crowds went wild and Bias’ fans clamored for stickers, buttons, patches, basically anything they could wear with pride. Bias ended up rapidly raising about 500% of her modest $625 goal and “Rad Fatty Merit Badges” was born.