Look, we get it. It’s never nice to call people names. But when you’re just stating a fact, it’s kind of hilarious to see a whole country retaliate with such sheer outrage.
Enter Boris Johnson.
Launching a nationwide anti-obesity campaign yesterday, the British Prime Minister warned his citizens that they are “significantly fatter than most others – apart from the Maltese, for some reason”. Pandora, say hello to your very opened box.
From notable figures in the public eye to your everyday memers, here’s how Malta reacted to being reminded that we top the World Health Organisation’s obesity list in three different age groups.
1. First off were those eager to point who was talking… especially when our Prime Minister could beat him up in a heartbeat.
2. Just because he technically isn’t wrong, doesn’t mean people couldn’t throw a jab in there.
Yeah, sure we’re fat, but you’re like a clown, soo….
3. Amidst everything, though, was the hilarious reality that some people were getting offended over a fact.
“Now imagine you were black and had to fight racist untruths every day, instead of uncomfortable facts about your girth,” one comment succintly put it.
4. While some were busy being offended or making fun of those who got offended, others took this as the perfect opportunity to own up to this reality and band together.
“Now is the perfect time to join Union Ħoxnin Magħqudin,” popular radio host JD Patrick told his followers, in a punny reference to the national trade union.
5. But hey: maybe now that we’ve been called out, we’ll actually do something about it?
That’s what champion triathlete Fabio Spiteri is hoping for.
“Now that the majority of the Maltese are offended by what Boris said about Maltese being obese, chin up and do something about it and start training!” Spiteri said on Facebook last night.
“Am on Boris’ side on this one,” the athlete continued, saying all you have to do is leave your house and start looking at people to “see why we top the charts on obesity in Europe for the last 10 years and we have done nothing about it”.
6. Meanwhile, popular TV presenter Peppi Azzopardi had a special message for Boris… in the form of a rallying call for the Maltese people.
“Dear Boris, myself and the majority of Maltese people were not offended,” Azzopardi said on Facebook yesterday evening.
“Far from it, today we’re starting or have started a diet and exercise, and in a couple of months we’ll give you an answer,” he continued, putting all his cards on the table. “Thanks for the motivation dear Boris.”