Russian Nationalist Politician Says Fat People Should be Banned from Government, Sanctioned

I mean, it’s reasonable enough.


Russia’s veteran nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has said that there should be some “limits” on the weight of civil servants and on that of the general population.

Speaking to Komsomolskaya Pravda radio earlier this week, Zhirinovsky was asked to comment on a recent article in the British Daily Mirror newspaper. It had reported that the UK state-run Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency had asked staff to inform management of their waist measurements. This, supposedly, would help it to decide which employees should work at offices or from home.

Zhirinovsky, who leads the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, said that providing guidance on body mass is a good idea. “The weight of a civil servant should be 100kg (220lbs) and not more. If it’s 120kg (264lbs) or 150kg (330lbs) – what even is this?” the politician argued.

“What even is this?” is the perfect question.

It’s like Wall-E.

These monstrous obese people we have wobbling around these days are no different than heroin addicts, really. Actually, they’re less healthy than heroin addicts.

He added that civil servants should be “oriented” towards healthy habits. “Why do you eat so much? You already have not Type-Two diabetes, but Type-One,” he proclaimed. “Our idea is to provide some recommendations to citizens. Because they don’t want to follow a diet just like that – they eat a lot of candy and pastry products.”

Zhirinovsky continued, proposing that there should be “some kind of limits” set on the body mass of the general population, but emphasized that he was not calling for firing someone based on how much they weigh.

Imagine if American politicians spoke frankly like this.

Well, once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a guy in the American government who did speak frankly.

But he’s gone now.

Twenty-one guns for my homie.