Before I discovered Sarah Haskins, Joy Nash was my No. 1 Internet video love, based on her YouTube classic, "A Fat Rant." Unsurprisingly, that video -- in which Nash exhorts larger people to go out and live their lives instead of putting off everything fun until they lose weight -- quickly spread on size-acceptance blogs. Less predictably, it also caught the attention of the national media, after which even my thin friends were forwarding it to me with subject lines like, "This is awesome!" Within about six months of her posting it, the video had been viewed more than a million times. Girlfriend hit a big, fat nerve. (It's almost like this culture fosters crippling body image issues or something! Go figure!)
Full disclosure: Nash and I have since become pals, and she even made another video I "co-wrote" (it was actually just based on a jokey conversation I had with a friend), but before I ever met her, I was a huge fan. I squeed when she followed up "A Fat Rant" with "More Fat Rant: Confessions of the Compulsive," and again last week, when she released "Fat Rant 3: Staircase Wit" (below), in which she tackles the problem of thinking up perfect responses to nasty remarks about one's body 10 minutes too late.
The secret to being ready with a good comeback? Practice. Also, not being afraid to go with "Bite me!" in a pinch.