Charles Poliquin, a Melbourne-based personal trainer who goes by Strength Sensei on Facebook, is facing unsurprising backlash after cruelly mocking an overweight woman on his Facebook page. To make matters more confusing, Poliquin apologized and then deleted his apology, according to The Australian Woman's Weekly.
Here's Poliquin's original post, that will make you cringe at least a little bit:
"Must be really hot in this shopper center. She started to melt!" Poliquin captioned the picture. "Or many it is epigenetics, she is expressing the marshmallow gene because of her consumption of high fructose corn syrup."
In the Strength Sensei's short-lived apology, Poliquin apparently wrote,
"I realise people are victims or not knowing the truth, being conditioned incorrectly, and bad programming." Poliquin claimed "full responsibility for the comment," and added that, "I am passionate about reversing obesity. And like all passionate people, I go to extremes. I hope that we all work together to conquer this problem and help people to live to their highest potential." Then, by reportedly deleting the comment, he apparently took it all back.
People, like trainer Gareth Street, were very unhappy with Poliquin's comments.
Everyone who saw Poliquin's post had an opinion, both for and against the post.
Yeah, let's talk about marshmallows instead of attacking an unaware woman whose mental and physical history nobody knows.