As children, we are told to have a dream. In America, children are often told to dream big.
New Jersey mother Donna Simpson is a perfect example. Her goal: Become the world's fattest woman.
That's her honest-to-God mission in life. To be THE fattest on record. She's been working hard at it for years.
She only has 400 pounds to go.
This story is what it is: A large woman with serious issues enabled by a subculture that's funding her march to half-ton status.
You don't have to troll the Internet for content to realize this story is not unusual. Ever watch Jerry Springer?
Then I realized there's a lesson to be learned from Treasure Bombshell.
Donna Simpson will get plenty of scorn and trouble over the next few weeks. If her story goes mainstream a shit storm will follow.
That's a good thing because I think extreme cases like this encompass so many key issues going on in the USA today.
This is not just an obsessed Mom seemingly hell bent on eating herself to death and orphaning her family.
This involves issues like health care reform, government intervention vs. personal liberty, child safety, the group vs. the individual, responsible parenting and Internet censorship. To name a few.
If there's one discussion to have ad nauseum, why not this one? Call Oprah, Colbert, Glen Beck and Mario Lopez. Talk it up on Facebook, over drinks with your friends and definitely while at the dinner table.
A di about a woman eating her way to 1000 pounds would be a healthy discussion for us all to have. Mainly because I think you'd have to talk about how she's able to accomplish her goal.
In today's world, it's so easy to make money from whatever strange, crazy, weird obsession you have.
Donna decided she liked being obese. She does not think she has an eating disorder. She thinks she was born to be 1000 pounds.
It's Gods plan for her, if you will.
On a plus-size website, she found confidence and a lover who likes her more the bigger she gets. As proof of that love, they have a 3-year-old daughter. She also has a Guinness World Record as the world's fattest mom.
Yeah praise and accomplishment!
But could she capitalize on it?
Surely Donna realized this recognition wasn't going to cut it. Eating that much and retaining your weight costs money. Big is beautiful, but enormous is expensive. So if she was going to continue to expand, she needed someone to pay for it.
Like any good salesman, she got her self a gimmick: 1000 pounds. Become "The World's Fattest!!!!!"
Then she named her alter ego, Treasure Bombshell. As TB, Donna started and runs a website where people pay to watch at her eat and show off her flab.
This is a subscription service and it must be doing well because she's able to afford a $3000+ monthly food bill.
It's food porn. And her subscribers pay good money to enjoy it.
Of course, Donna is on all the expected social media sites like YouTube, Twitter and MySpace. She's probably got even more of a presence on the adult sites.
(I'm not going to give you hints on how to find her. You have Google too.)
Those sites and feeds all funnel into her Net celebrity and help put food on her plate.
Another victory for the Internet. Especially for web 2.0.
We can all learn from Donna Simpson if we choose to. Maybe "How" is obvious.
Just search your soul.
What's the one thing you don't want anyone to know about you? Your deepest, sickest, craziest, darkest desire. Or obsession. Or hobby. Or interest. Or fetish.
Now, swallow your fears and tell the world about it.
No matter what it is, you'll find people willing to pay to see it.
Once you find that audience, market the shit out of your particular brand of oddity. Use every tool you can find.
You'll probably make money.
Donna Simpson is proof of that. A sad as that sounds.