First Lady Michelle Obama is back in the news again. This time around, people aren’t obsessing over her new bangs, though. They’re talking about an Alabama coach who was suspended after making disparaging remarks about her backside. Yeah, you read it right.
During a classroom discussion on Jan. 27, Lauderdale County High School head football coach Bob Grisham was heard referring to the first lady as “fat butt Michelle Obama.” Grisham, who was taped by a student in the class, also said, ““Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.” The subject reportedly came up when discussing the first lady’s controversial efforts to provide school children with lower-calorie lunches. Grisham, who also put down homosexuals calling them “queers,” has been suspended for 10 days. He said he misspoke. Personally, I think he should be fired. Coaches are role models. Surrogate dads for many kids growing up in fatherless homes. I shudder to think of his influence on his young athletes. Instead of bringing up the subject of a first lady's backside to his students, he should be showing them how to be gentlemen. But instead, he made a crack in the classroom about the president's wife's behind.
It’s strange when you stop and think about how the first lady’s body gets critiqued as if she’s a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. In a Washington Post article published Feb. 4, a reporter points out that talk show host Rush Limbaugh has referred to the first lady as Michelle “Fat Butt” Obama. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the Wisconsin Republican, also commented on her “large posterior,” before later claiming he misspoke. I’ve even seen where people refer to her as Moochelle, another putdown targeted at her weight, which makes me just shake my head in amazement. Women everywhere flock to gyms to get arms like the first lady and are trying to emulate her modern, fit silhouette, yet this is the kind of disparaging way that she gets picked apart. She's not the first lady it has happened, too, nor is she the last. But that doesn't make it any less disgusting.