Fat Santa: The Original Jolly Fat Person

We’re in the middle of this historical fat people series and who could forget our jolliest representative, fat Santa! In honor of the holidays, today I bring you a short episode about a fat icon in a red suit who is not Lizzo. (We’ll get to her, though, I promise!)

Read the transcript of this episode here.


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