Fat-Phobic

(This lyric was written for my friend's going away from work party. She was an illustrator for The Seattle Times. The week before she received angry mail for an illustration of the band Gossip. Fans complained that she drew the lead singer too skinny. The image was copied from KRT, hence the watermark.)

[illustration of Gossip]


Have you heard?
It's too absurd.
About Michelle Kumata at The Times.
Of all her crimes this one oughta take the whole enchilada:

Kumata is
Fat-phobic, fat fat phobic, fat-phobic, fat fat phobic.
Fat-phobic, fat fat phobic, fat-phobic, fat fat phobic.

Michelle's years of running around
at the paper and across Puget Sound
drawing art then crafting a page
of those skinnies, what an outrage.

She draws a figure with an oversized head,
but have you noticed? They're underfed,
and Gossip's a band with a lead singer
who enjoys her sweet, sweet bread.

Kumata is
Fat-phobic, fat fat phobic, fat-phobic, fat fat phobic.
Fat-phobic, fat fat phobic, fat-phobic, fat fat phobic.

But wait, can this Gossip be true?
There must be a reason for this point of view,
"Kumata hates fatties," that's hallabaloo.
Truth is that credit is long overdue.

Kumata is
Aerobic. She thinks like a beatnik.
Free of politicking, I'd hand-pick her
to be on the front lines bringing us all sunshine
with her clever design of the peace sign.

Have you heard?
It's not absurd.
About Michelle on her farewell.

We wish you the best
just make sure we're impressed at your new job.
Now go be unstressed and know
Michelle that you are blessed.