Because putting up this post yesterday, with the picture he used, was always going to get a comment thread full of misogynists sharing their lady-hate, with some added bonus Fat People Suck on the side.
d4j:Is that what the Mob call a hot spare tyre around that things waste line? Yuck bro!The post is ostensibly about whether the woman in question, Victoria Stevens, should be entitled to an Invalid's Benefit. Because we can all make a medical diagnosis just by reading one article about a person, and viewing one photograph, Farrar determines that it's a fail for Work and Income. Steve Pierson at The Standard has called him out on the ridiculousness of this (unfortunately the comment thread is not so enlightened). And when a reader on the Kiwiblog thread does the same, this happens:
side show bob: She was barking you say, funny, it doesn’t look like she has worms, maybe it’s distemper.
KiwiGreg: Fat, ugly and insane. Any 2 of those 3 will make you hard to employ.
Glutaemus Maximus: Hadn’t realised that it was Mob ‘Bikini Season’
mara: I have unseemly visions of the straining button popping off the waist of the jeans and all the suety stuff falling to kneecaps level. Aren’t policemen supposed to carry blankets in their cars anymore? If not, why not?
Patrick Starr: I’m more stunned that somebody got pissed enough to get it pregnant
billyborker: There are many reasons one can be on an invalid pension, and bot all of them relate to a physical ailment. Perhaps she sufers froma mental disorder, thus making her fair game for the Rottweilers of the Right.
[DPF: There really is no limit to what you will defend is there?]*
There are many many things you can be on an Invalid's Benefit for and still be physically active, as Steve and billyborker both mention. The lack of decency on the thread Farrar started shows some serious hate towards not only women, not only those of heavier weight, but also beneficiaries, the poor, parents whose children stuff up, and generally anyone who isn't in a high tax bracket. There's a total lack of compassion or understanding, from most commenters, of how someone can end up on a benefit, or involved in crime, or the extreme stress of facing the fact your son is on trial for murder. (I'm not offering excuses; I believe that if we can't understand why someone is doing what they are doing then we will fail to come up with any effective way to change that behaviour.)
Farrar's been running Kiwiblog for a long time now, and he knows well what to expect in his comment section. Rather than write a post about what Victoria Stevens had done, why she was in court, he focused on her beneficiary status, and put up a picture bound to result in a comment thread full of nasty comments about her size. Sad, sad, sad.
* This indicates that Farrar edited billyborker's comment to add this bit in himself.