Time Puts Fat Joke on Christie Cover
Refers to him as the 'Elephant in the room'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 7, 2013 1:20 PM CST
This TIME headline has some people up in arms   (Time)

(Newser) – Chris Christie's landslide reelection win has landed him on the cover of Timeand that cover has landed Time in hot water. That's because over a silhouette of the governor, the magazine went with the headline "The Elephant in the Room." Which, Mediaite notes, is a triple-pun, referencing Christie's party, his uneasy relationship with that party, and—cue the controversy—his weight. The Internet swiftly delivered its trademark outrage party. Some highlights:

  • "Coming in early 2016: A jumbo-sized victory," quips Hot Air, which notes that this is Time's second problematic Christie cover; an earlier one, reading simply "The Boss," raised ire, because some complained that it evoked the mafia.
  • "TIME MAGAZINE EDITOR is SLIMY SNAKE!" Greta Van Susteren of Fox News said in a tweet spotted by USA Today. Conservative talk host David Webb said the cover "mocks" Christie's weight, asking "Is this acceptable to Americans?"
  • Time alum Karen Tumulty tweeted, "Love my old employer, but this cover line is lazy, stupid." Later she added, "In my experience, they go for whatever they think will sell. But Christie cover line in puerile."
  • Other Twitter reactions included, "Bipartisan ban on fat jokes, please," (link) "Congrats to @Time magazine for hiring Richie Incognito to write their cover headlines!!" (link) and this conservative parody cover. "Imagine if that were an overweight woman candidate with that elephant headline? Despicable," another Twitter user added, in response to Buzzfeed's writeup.
Of course, the uproar serves to keep Christie's name on the front burner, an effort he'll continue this weekend, Politico observes, by hitting four of the five Sunday shows to discuss his win. He'll also guest star on the Michael J. Fox Show.

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Nov 9, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Kevin Spak should be ashamed at his own ignorance in passing along this story in this manner. Since when did "the elephant in the room" refer to a human weight issue? At Thanksgiving dinner with the entire family "the elephant in the room" could very well be your cousin Jeff's first appearance in 10 years because he just got out of federal prison. Nobody wants to talk about it, and it has NOTHING to do with his or anyone else's weight. Or it could be your niece Jennie's anorexia and bulimia, clearly not saying she is FAT! FYI mr. Spak and other high school dropouts who don't know much English, so they misinterpret what they do see and hear, the term refers to a question, problem, solution, or controversial issue which is obvious to everyone who knows about the situation, but which is deliberately ignored because to do otherwise would cause great embarrassment, or trigger arguments or is simply taboo. Oxford English Dictionary contains the following entry: "Phrases the elephant in the room a major problem or controversial issue that is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because it is more comfortable to do so." In the future Look It Up First!
Nov 9, 2013 5:43 AM CST
Greta Van Susteren With all the mocking that this extremely ugly cow has done throughout her time with Fox, I hardly think she should be opening her mouth. And you can call me.................Mr Joshua (ps) Dam but she is ugly !
Nov 8, 2013 11:50 AM CST
Has anyone ever been in a room with a constipaded elephant ? Keep reding and you will find out ! Lol.