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June 8, 2003 10:55 AM   Subscribe


 
I know this is MetaFilter, and I'll get pounced on for this, so I'd just like to say that I think this is a nice idea, and makes good business sense considering the number of overweight people around.

Except that it kind of reminds me of Lewis Black's take on his health club, the International House of Pancakes: Their guarantee is that no matter how fat you are, there will always be someone who weighs at least 200lbs more than you.
posted by Space Coyote at 11:04 AM on June 8, 2003


By the way, I am taking side bets as to how many posts it will take for this to devolve to the inevitable: "Fat people are bad." "No, fat people are fine." "Lose weight, lazy slob." "Not everyone can." "Yes they can." "No they can't." "Yes they..."

Now that I've condensed all those posts into 2 convenient lines, carry on.
posted by ferociouskitty at 11:11 AM on June 8, 2003


far better to attend non-specialized resorts and assert themselves.

"One more 'fat' joke, and you be startin' a whole new career as my thong, bitch!"

oh, and i give that poor naive sunbathing guy like, 10 minutes at most to pure lobsterdom.
posted by quonsar at 11:23 AM on June 8, 2003


My only issue with Freedom Paradise is the same one I have with so many other companies: they couldn't be bothered to hire a proofreader before their website went live. If I had a dollar for every stupid mistake I've caught on professional websites, I could retire and take my own pudgy ass to Freedom Paradise.
posted by swerve at 11:27 AM on June 8, 2003


Nice idea. Win-win for everyone.

Are skinny people allowed too? I'm thinking I can take my (slim) wife there, knowing I won't hear "do I look fat?" even once.
posted by Fofer at 11:29 AM on June 8, 2003


Brilliant idea.
posted by plep at 11:41 AM on June 8, 2003


While I think the idea is just dandy, I'm amazed at how press release-y that AP article sounds. As a copywriter, I recognize my own, and that article ain't journalism: it's public relations!
posted by arielmeadow at 11:57 AM on June 8, 2003


Fantastic. This would have changed my life if it had existed when I was a teen.
posted by Tholian at 12:03 PM on June 8, 2003


I think skinny people can go, but I don't know if I could bear all the staring and 'beanpole' jokes and wisecracks from the staff when I don't come back for seconds at the buffet..
posted by Space Coyote at 1:08 PM on June 8, 2003


No. Absolutely not. If you don't check in over 250, they send you to the buffet. No admittance without cellulite.

Or, more realistically, the skinny people that are there, are there with fat people they respect. They shouldn't be a source of discomfort for anyone.
posted by ferociouskitty at 1:28 PM on June 8, 2003


re: press release journalism. When the startup I worked for shrank to six people, and I ended up proofreading the press releases (even though I was a programmer), I was amazed at how many news outlets reprinted our releases word-for-word. I told my boss that we should start making all kinds of outrageous claims, like that our software cured cancer, or that we were superheroes, but he never let me.
posted by vraxoin at 1:54 PM on June 8, 2003


Neat idea, but badly implemented.

I'm a big guy, but the whole "rooms with doublewide doors" thing is a bit extreme. I fit through normal doors, I drive a normal car (with the seatbelt it came with), and dont need "special accommodations".

The only thing I feel uncomfortable in are airline seats, but doesen't that happen to everyone?
posted by mrbill at 3:06 PM on June 8, 2003


Do they allow skinny folk in as guests? This would finally be a resort I might get some at.
posted by jonmc at 3:23 PM on June 8, 2003


I think it's a lovely idea and smart marketing into the bargain. I'm in shape but I'd go there just because it sounds so humane.

The sad thing is that overweight people shouldn't have to go to a "special" resort in order to be able to walk down a beach without getting ridiculed and to be treated politely by staff.
posted by orange swan at 3:36 PM on June 8, 2003


Neat idea, but badly implemented. I'm a big guy, but the whole "rooms with doublewide doors" thing is a bit extreme. I fit through normal doors, I drive a normal car (with the seatbelt it came with), and dont need "special accommodations".

So a good implementation would be what, then -- a place built to accommodate people your size, but no larger?
posted by boredomjockey at 6:12 PM on June 8, 2003


Not as good as Flosten Paradise, of course, where people overburdened by the curse of gravity might be able to do a bit of zero-g vacationing.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:12 AM on June 9, 2003


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