Socialite Babe Paley: "You can never be too rich or too thin."
Actress Elizabeth Hurley: "If I were as fat as Marilyn Monroe, I'd kill myself."
Joan Rivers: "Is Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favorite food is seconds….She needs a bookmark just to keep track of which one is her real chin."
Jesse Ventura: "I love fat people. Every fat person says it's not their fault, that they have gland trouble. You know which gland? The saliva gland."
Pamela Anderson: "People who wear fur smell like a wet dog if they're in the rain. And they look fat and gross."
Padma Lakshmi: "You don't want your jewelry to make you look fat."
Canadian television personality Hannah Simone: "'Curvy' is just a polite way of saying 'fat'."
Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's simple. If it jiggles, it's fat."
Jimmy Fallon: "Thank you…fat dude with giant headphones on the subway, for looking like what would've happened if Jabba the Hutt mate with Princess Leia."
Paul McCartney: "None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back."
All of the people listed above were involved in show business in some way, so maybe we can dismiss them as superficial twits.
But, it seems that if you dig a bit further, the ranks of those who disapproved of fat -- fat shamers, in the current lingo -- include some pretty surprising figures.
Gloria Steinem: "In my own mind, I am still a fat brunette from Toledo, and I always will be." (Steinem's implication that not only fatness but brown hair are undesirable traits would hardly meet with approval from today's feminists.)
George Orwell: "I'm fat, but I'm thin inside…there's a thin man inside every fat man."
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: "Everything that goes into my mouth seems to make me fat, everything that comes out of my mouth embarrasses me."
Albert Einstein: "The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat."
Benjamin Franklin: "I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old."
Geoffrey Chaucer: "Whoso will pray, he must fast and be clean. And fat his soul, and make his body lean."
St. Jerome: "A fat stomach never breeds fine thoughts."
Hearing that someone who was actually canonized said that fatties are incapable of elevated sentiments certainly drives home what "enlightened" times we live in today.