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Most disturbing is the way in which it was written, or rather the way in which Delgado thinks it was written. By all accounts, it seems Delgado thought this piece to be (1) appreciative of women larger than the usual pop-culture standard, and, worse, (2) funny.
It was neither. Delgado’s link-baiting listicle is guilty of a lot — but the worst is the premise that women above, say, a size ten are desperate and that sleeping with Ric Delgado (or any other faceless blogger, as long as he is male and willing) would automatically be a prize.
This is clear form the language in the second graf of the post, which has been removed from this site: ‘even big girls need some love, and we’re down to give it to them.’ The use of ‘even,’ here, of course implies that ‘big girls’ are some other category that one would usually not deign to include in the sexually attractive or the needing of physical affection. But no matter, since Ric Delgado is willing to take up that tough job, right? — Arielle Castillo’s well-crafted response to Ric Delgado’s post is very much worth your click. Good looking out, Broward/Palm Beach New Times.
Sarcasm doesn’t always come across in writing, and it certainly didn’t in this post. I get why commenters below called this ‘the most insulting thing on the Internet,’ and that’s why it has been removed. New Times regrets the offense we’ve caused and hopes you’ll stick with us in our next attempt at sarcasm. — Eric Barton —
New Times editor Eric Barton posted this apology for Rick Delgado’s article, entitled “Eight Pleasantly Plump Female Musicians We’d Like to Get Down With” (which is archived in part here). While we appreciate the excision of Delgado’s terrible article from the Broward/Palm Beach New Times website, we take exception to Barton’s classification of this article as “sarcasm,” which waters down an otherwise sincere apology.
Sarcasm is a form of communication that relies for its effectiveness on contextual cues, a sort of “knowing wink” between the sender and receiver(s). Nowhere in Delgado’s article is there any indication that he is intending these remarks sarcastically, nor that he or Barton have any sense of the article’s possible audience, which is ostensibly well beyond those unfortunate few who find remarks conflating Jennifer Hudson’s weight and the tragic death of her family members entertaining or enlightening in a “sarcastic” way.
We are here to help. Delgado’s remarks are better classified under the heading of “unfunny, mean-spirited locker room conversation” or “drunken, ignorant 3am text message.” Both of these speech genres are surely capable of incorporating sarcasm, but again, the message receiver(s) would have to be “in on the joke,” and/or “have a horrible sense of humor.” If they, or other related “sarcastic” forms of communication must take place in the future, we recommend that Delgado and others keep them from public view, and instead confine them to private conversations with more intimate interlocutors such as pets, educational skeletons, or perhaps handpuppets.
For further research on the effects that various media may have on the impact of sarcasm, we suggest Mssrs. Barton and Delgado refer to this instructional video. Or perhaps they might admit that the piece was simply intended as a mean-spirited joke at the expense of women, devised solely to attract traffic to a website.
Sincerely (or are we?),
Oh No They Writtn’t